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Gingers unwanted: World’s largest sperm bank turns away redheads

Laura Donovan Contributor
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Hey fellow redheads, nobody likes us or wants us to unleash more ginger babies onto the planet, but you knew that already.

Ole Schou, director of world’s largest sperm bank, Cryos International, recently told Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet that demand for red-haired children is far lower than the number of carrot-tops donating sperm.

“There are too many redheads in relation to demand,” Schou explained to the publication. “I do not think you choose a redhead, unless the partner – for example, the sterile male – has red hair, or because the lone woman has a preference for redheads. And that’s perhaps not so many, especially in the latter case.” (RELATED PHOTOS: You can be my Wonder Woman, Christina Hendricks [SLIDESHOW])

Meanwhile, brunettes are desirable. Schou said that sperm from male donors with brown eyes and hair are in high demand.

Life as a redhead is no picnic, and I’m not even glossing over the heartless bullying or trite crotch jokes that we face, but the reality is that the low demand for fiery haired kids makes sense. According to a 2004 study, ginger folks need around 20 percent more general anesthesia than people with blond or brown locks. Researchers also say that a gene mutation makes gingers more sensitive to pain. Even ginger seals get kicked to the curb.

“South Park” may have declared us soulless, but we have more sex than people of other hair colors, so our “mutation” isn’t all that undesirable.

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