Sunday, August 24, 2008

Red Hot!

Wednesday before last, I took the plunge and colored my hair red. I've long wanted to add some color to my dark brown hair, and after having scores of people stop mid-sentence to comment on how much gray hair I have at 20 years old, I decided it was time. I started to get scared, so it's not the vibrant red I'd originally pictured, but it's red enough for the time being, and I think I'll brighten it more later on. In the meantime, I thought I'd honor some of my favorite redheads past and present.

First, though, a historical side note: redheads owe their undeserved reputation as short-tempered in large part to the Vikings. The Vikings in turn were painted with a single, insane brushstroke because of their special ops warriors, the Berserkers. The Berserker lifestyle can be summed up easily: pillage, burn, eat the babies. They were the fiercest warriors and raiders, spurred on despite fatal wounds by hallucinogenic drugs. These Scandanavian warriors spent a lot of time wreaking havoc in Ireland, and carried off many red-haired women, who bred little red-headed Vikings. Who then raided Ireland.

Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball was a powerhouse redhead, though her vibrant color came from a bottle. I Love Lucy is one of the most-watched shows in TV history, and for good reason. It's absolutely hilarious, though as the more I watched it, the more I realized it was pretty sexist. But maybe that's the genius in it; in coddling the sexual status quo she made a killing, and had more control and more clout than a lot of people in Hollywood, male or female. She started off as a blonde B movie babe with MGM but with a little dye and a lot of pluck, became the silly redhead America knew and loved for 30 minutes a week. She became the first woman to run a major television production studio. Thirty years and five Emmys later, she's one of the most recognizable stars of all time. Lucille Ball passed away in 1989.
More about Lucille's fabulous career

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