Picks and Pans Review: Cheatsheet
updated 08/22/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/22/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•Scarlet tresses were long considered the mark of the devil; because the color was associated with menstruation, flame-haired women were seen as unclean and taboo.
•Believed to be lethal, fat taken from a redheaded man was used in concocting poisons during the seventeenth century.
•Though at least one scholar questions the brightness of her hue, Emily Dickinson was a redhead; Edna St. Vincent Millay had crimson tresses, too.
•Redheads require 20 percent more anesthesia to put them under than do blondes or brunettes.
•Less than 4 percent of the world's population has red hair; in Africa, non-Caucasian albino redheads who live in countries including Cameroon are subject not only to sunburn, but to ill treatment by superstitious neighbors.