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Redheads

Saint Paul, 9 September 2009

In Poland
if you pass three redheads
you'll win the state lottery

In Denmark
it's an honor
to have a redheaded child.

In Russia
flame-haired circus clowns
find their origins

In Greek mythology
redheads become vampires
when they die

During the Spanish Inquisition
a flame-colored mane meant a person
had stolen the fire of hell

In the American south
the phrase beat you like
a redheaded stepchild was coined

In Corsica it's customary
when you see a redhead
to spit and turn around.

Should we be surprised to learn
redheads need twenty percent more
anesthesia to sedate?