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Study: Blondes Are an Endangered Species

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Study: Blondes Are an Endangered Species

Monday, September 30, 2002

By Bill Hoffmann

The New York Post

NEW YORK — Blondes may have more fun, but they're not going to have it for too much longer.

A new study by German researchers claims that people with blonde hair comprise an endangered species that will become extinct by 2202.

The problem is that blonde hair -- like blue eyes -- is caused by a recessive gene. In order for a child to have blonde hair, it must have the gene for blond hair on both sides of the family in the grandparents' generation.

The decline and fall of the blonde is most likely being caused by bottle blondes who, researchers believe, are more attractive to men than true blondes.

The result is fewer pure-blonde genes in the gene pool.

Another German academic has research claiming that blondes actually don't have more fun.

Professor Hans Juergens believes men associate blondes with marriage and housekeeping but seek out brunettes for sex.

Also on BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2284783.stm

Blondes 'to die out in 200 years'

The last natural blondes will die out within 200 years, scientists believe.

A study by experts in Germany suggests people with blonde hair are an endangered species and will become extinct by 2202.

Researchers predict the last truly natural blonde will be born in Finland - the country with the highest proportion of blondes.

But they say too few people now carry the gene for blondes to last beyond the next two centuries.

The problem is that blonde hair is caused by a recessive gene.

In order for a child to have blonde hair, it must have the gene on both sides of the family in the grandparents' generation.

Dyed rivals

The researchers also believe that so-called bottle blondes may be to blame for the demise of their natural rivals.

They suggest that dyed-blondes are more attractive to men who choose them as partners over true blondes.

But Jonathan Rees, professor of dermatology at the University of Edinburgh said it was unlikely blondes would die out completely.

"Genes don't die out unless there is a disadvantage of having that gene or by chance. They don't disappear," he told BBC News Online.

"The only reason blondes would disappear is if having the gene was a disadvantage and I do not think that is the case.

"The frequency of blondes may drop but they won't disappear."

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Originally posted by vicman

lol :laugh:

i need to mack more thats my problem. one day, one day i'll b known as vicman mackmeister extraordinaire

Awww, Vic - don't get all mack-a-licious on us! There's nothing worse than a guy throwing some cheesy game on a girl! Besides - then you'd be like Shady! :eek:

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