Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The rules of hair care are simple and finite. Any Cosmo girl would have known.

This is not a new story, but an interesting one, at least in my mind.

We often hear folks bemoan the fact that certain animals are on the road to extinction, but what the potential extinction of blondes? Would they need to be kept in a museum or nature preserve? Would society ensure they mate with their kind, like is done with pandas, to ensure survival?

Do non-blondes relish the day? Do blondes really have more fun?

Blondes 'to die out in 200 years'
Scientists believe the last blondes will be in Finland
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.

So, in less than 200 years we could be out of natural blondes. Hitler would love to rise up and tell everyone, "I told you so!" The preservation of what he considered the "master race" was at the forefront of his Nazism.

Blonde hair is a recessive gene, as we know, but there is another contributing factor, or so is speculated:
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.
(The article in its entirety.)

There's a greater than zero chance none of us will be around to verify this doom and gloom prediction, but it is interesting to think about.

Might there be genetic traits that show up on the endangered species list? Might this further motivate stem cell research and genetic engineering, etc.?


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