Do You Know These Gingers?



Unknown man. Photo is from a Perth, Ontario, studio—Submitted by Kathleen Anne Palmer-O’Neil

Yesterday I found these two cool photos of unknown Lanark County ginger haired lads on Charles Dobie’s photo page submitted by Katherine Price. You don’t have to even tell me that these chaps have red hair because–gingers have unspoken bonds when we spot each other– even though one of us gets their ginger hair from a dye bottle.

Just so you know Gingers supposedly don’t have souls, and it has been said that they earn a freckle for every soul they steal. The gene for red hair is recessive, so a person needs two copies of that gene for it to show up or be expressed. That means even if both parents carry the gene, just one in four of their children are likely to turn out to be a redhead. As a result, families that have no redheads for decades can suddenly discover a carrot top in their midst.

All things kind and gingerful,  but some redheads do not have freckles or fair skin, but have still been cursed with the orange hair and the term used to describe these beings is “day walkers”. Did you know the ancient Greeks believed that redheads would turn into Vampires after they die? I do admit some of us are so pale, like myself, and if we take off our shirt at the beach we might explode. I have been told personally many times that I am so pale that I glow in the dark.


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The myth that redheads might die off in the near future has drawn considerable attentions. Due to the recessive nature of the red hair, it takes 2 carriers (Rr) to have a red-headed child. With the increase of globalization and inter-ethnic mixing in marriage, it is reasonable to expect that the chance of 2 red hair carriers getting married and bearing children would be declining.

If you are bitten by a ginger, we advise you to immediately clean the wound out with either alcohol or peroxide. Keep pouring the liquid on to the wound until it turns a dull white, and immediately call 999. I do remember one of my fellow Gingers in Grade 4  shaving off his red hair and returning to school in the accompaniment of his father sporting a Mohawk. That was in 1960, when shaving your hair off and having a Mohawk was not cool, except on former late wrestlers like Little Beaver.

Remember there is an unspoken bond between gingers- yes, even those of us who inherited our  hair colour from Clairol. Heaven won’t let us in and Hell is afraid we will take over.

Quick name 10 dead redheads.. You can’t can you?


Unknown people. Photo taken in a dry goods store or pharmacy. Submitted by Kathleen Anne Palmer-O’Neil

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Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun



About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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