She was a beautiful, young Irish maid, working in a wealthy English household. Her employer’s oldest son fell in love with her. When he announced intentions to marry her, his parents said they would disown him. He married her anyway. Then, bride and groom ran away to live happily ever after. “Her name was Mary Cordial,” my maternal grandmother Marilyn Matilda Dietz told me, that distinct glimmer of pleasure in her eyes—the one she always had when she retold this story. “And you are her legacy.”

This blog is a resource for those who want to--have to--find out more about who they came from.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Redheads and Dodos and Dinos -- Oh, my!


 Natural redheads make up approximately 2% of the United States' population.



American author and humorist Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Langhorne Clemens) is credited with once having said, "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." So it would also seem to be with redheads, who "scientists" say will go the way of the dodo bird and the dinosaur before the end of the 21st Century.

This article from HowStuffWorks explains how the rumor began around 2005 and has spread despite the fact that a gene mutation like the one that causes red hair cannot "die out." Red hair will undoubtedly become more rare as time marches onward, but no--it isn't going anywhere, folks.

I think I'll go for a walk now...




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