I didn’t plan it that way, but it should come as no surprise to those of you who were here when he got loose in Lady B’s ballroom that he has absolutely no interest in my well-laid plans. Instead, he’s a very tall, very handsome ginger.
I’ve been reading up on redheads since I discovered this about new (still unnamed) hero, and I’m kind of shocked by how much historical weirdness there is out there about people with red hair! So…only 4% of the world’s population is ginger, with the highest percentage of redheads in Scotland (only 2% of people in the US are redheads), but that doesn’t stop redheadedness from having a rich legacy of history, myth and superstition.
For example, in Ancient Rome, a redheaded slave fetched a higher price than all others. The Ancient Greeks dyed their hair red to show courage and in some places in the world, it’s considered good luck to rub a red-haired person’s head. Check out this fabulous fun blog post on Myths and Legends of redheads.
Anyway…I figured that for today’s Saturday Salon, I’d share some of the gingery goodness over which I’ve been drooling these days as I fall rather ridiculously in love with this new, shiny hero. How about a few pictures of handsome gingers?
Paul Bettany – the classic handsome ginger, he also happens to live in my neighborhood with his lovely wife and their darling children. The day I opened the door to our local indie bookstore only to discover that he was on the other side of said door might just be the best day of my life. Don’t tell my husband, as I’m sure I should say that our wedding day or the day we met should be that day. But… it was Paul Bettany!
Michael Fassbender – I only just recently came to appreciate the Fassbender…though I am a huge fan of Inglourious Basterds, I am decidedly not a fan of Edward Rochester…but last week I watched the most recent Jane Eyre, only to discover that I don’t mind Mr. Rochester when played by a tall drink of water like Fassbender…a quick Googling (or perhaps
Googling?) revealed the truth! Ginger beard!
Prince Harry – Do I really have to explain this one? He’s the second son. He’s adorable. He’s excellent with flower girls. And puppies.
Other favorites that come to mind …Queen Elizabeth I, Julianne Moore, Conan O’Brien, Lucille Ball, Louis CK and my grandfather …so tell me…who’s your favorite redhead?
Edited to add this fabulous video, which my husband just showed me! It’s hysterical! Watch all the way to the end!