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Not Fun Much Longer

At the end of an interesting article on the evolution of blondes, I found this:

Film star blondes such as Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Sharon Stone and Scarlett Johansson are held up as ideals of feminine allure. However, the future of the blonde is uncertain.

A study by the World Health Organisation found that natural blonds are likely to be extinct within 200 years because there are too few people carrying the blond gene. According to the WHO study, the last natural blond is likely to be born in Finland during 2202.

Am I the only person who said "Huh?" upon reading this? I'd be interested to see the actual study, because it sure doesn't make much sense to me as reported.

Posted by Rand Simberg at February 26, 2006 12:43 PM
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Jeez, I remember seeing something like this a few years ago -- maybe long enough that I didn't blog it because I'd never heard of blogs yet.

Why is the Sunday Times getting its material from Weekly World News?

Posted by McGehee at February 26, 2006 12:49 PM

Not quite good enough for a full article in Snopes.;f=2;t=000005

How embarrassing for the Times, to repeat this silliness so many years after it's been debunked.

Posted by MattJ at February 26, 2006 01:04 PM

I imagine we redheads are even more threatened.

Posted by Jane Bernstein at February 26, 2006 01:09 PM

That makes absolutely no sense at face value, anyways, given the number of blondes in this country alone.

I fear for the future of redheads, though.


Posted by Big D at February 26, 2006 01:10 PM

Have they quit having blond people in Scandinavian Countries? I know there are more and more dark haired, dark complected people in Europe but I doubt all the blond people are going to disappear even in 500 years.

There was a guy in Europe who wanted to ensure the continuation of blond haired blue eyed people. He wanted to continue it by breeding blond haired blue eyed men and women.

Of course he wasn't crazy about letting the "inferior" races continue at all.

Posted by Steve at February 26, 2006 01:12 PM

Give it a few more decades, and your kids (maybe even you) can be whatever you want.

Posted by Big D at February 26, 2006 05:24 PM

Extinct huh? Do these people just not have any concept of genetics? Does blondeness or, more importantly, harboring the blondeness gene provide a dramatic reduction in survival ability? Not particularly (no jokes please). Are blondes an isolated species? Nope. It's kinda silly for someone to make this sort of statement. Perhaps you could say blondeness might be rarer, but extinct? That's like predicting the extinction of homosexuality.

Posted by Robin Goodfellow at February 26, 2006 08:57 PM

I nail hot chicks. I think that is the general attitude of most men. Men nail hot chicks. If enough men nail enough hot chicks, some of those hot chicks are gonna be hot pregnant chicks. Many of those hot pregnant chicks are gonna have hot kids, while the mothers will stay hot to some degree. At which point, I say, I would be nailing hot mom's, which MUST be a common truth since there is a specific acronymn, that we all know, proving that men like hot chicks, even chicks who have kids.

Somewhere along the line, some of those hot chicks, who have hot kids, who are hot mom's are prolly gonna be blonde.

Lets toss in that even Blonde Men like nailing hot chicks, and you end up with a very clear cut argument saying that blondes, natural blondes will survive. What should be left open for discussion is the survivability of truly ugly chicks, especially! if there is a global ban on alcohol.

Posted by Wickedpinto at February 27, 2006 12:38 AM

I imagine we redheads are even more threatened.

Jane? They most def are not.

In the US Caucasian culture, milky fleshed redheads recreate the meaning of exotic.

Posted by Wickedpinto at February 27, 2006 12:40 AM


you left out green-eyed. Milky fleshed redheads with GREEN EYES, recreate the meaning of exotic.

Blondes take a back seat to that whether your male or female. It is the most exotic and the hottest draw.

Cold shower time.

Posted by LovesTheRedHeads at February 27, 2006 06:18 AM

October 2002? I was blogging by then. I'll have to rummage my archives...

Posted by McGehee at February 27, 2006 10:22 AM

You don't even have to nail hot mom's to not worry about this problem. Assume everyone was brunette but a considerable number had the recessive red or blond attribute (distributed among men and women.) In short order, you'd have a lot of redheads and blonds again.

Posted by ken anthony at February 28, 2006 08:17 PM

It's stuff like that that makes me realise two things : first, that I'll never understand Men. Second, that they're all just little boys grown up... but they have their uses.

Posted by Zoe Brain at March 5, 2006 10:41 PM

It makes SOME sense, because I'm pretty sure the blonde gene is recessive, but they didn't mention that, and the story's fake anyway.

Posted by Dave Munger at March 9, 2006 11:02 PM

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