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  • I need to talk to you guys about something that's really important.

  • All of civilization depends on this one lesson. This lesson is about gingers.

  • Not ginger, not the ginger tea that you drink, or the Ginger Restaurant down the street that serves delicious Thai or Vietnamese food,

  • not the ginger that you guys eat with your sushi, but the ginger that is me.

  • I, I am a proud ginger. Do you know what a ginger is?

  • We have been bullied, plagued, tortured, killed, made fun of, mistreated, and downright bullied for centuries

  • because of three things: red hair, pale skin, and freckles. That's a ginger. I am a ginger.

  • I'm going to tell you a story about my name, Ronnie. Guess what? Guess where that name

  • came from? You guys know the clown in McDonalds? Mm-hmm. What's the clown's name? Ronald McDonald.

  • Guess how, in grade 7, I got to be called Ronnie? Mm-hmm, yep, when I was in grade 7,

  • somebody said: "You have red hair and red shoes. You are Ronald McDonald. Hahaha." And

  • I said: "Yeah, that's cool." So, from then on, my name has been Ronnie.

  • So I'm going to teach you, tell you all the interesting facts about gingers. Are you a

  • ginger? Are there gingers around you? Watch out. We are vicious people. We're going to

  • come and... do nothing, really. Maybe give you a cuddle or something. So let's learn

  • about these things.

  • Let's learn some famous people. Nicole Kidman, beautiful. Ewan McGregor, kind of sexy guy.

  • Lucille Ball. She was a really, really old actress in "I Love Lucy." And, Ariel in The Little

  • Mermaid. Vincent Van Gogh who is a really famous artist. The beautiful, the wonderful

  • old-school beauty Katherine Hepburn. Julia Roberts. And Merida, the 11th Disney princess

  • who has since slimmed down for her Disney debut. All of these people have one thing

  • in common: they're all gingers. They all have no souls and they're all very evil people.

  • No, they're not actually. They're just regular kind of people, but they're gingers.

  • So, gingers are people that have really pale skin. "Pale" means white. Look at how white

  • I am. Woo, I'm really white. Freckles. "Freckles" are these dots or skin pigmentations that

  • I have. I got them all over my face. See, when I go in the sun, I burn, and then when

  • I come out of the sun, I get more spots or more freckles. Everyone else goes a beautiful

  • tanned brown colour. Gingers, we get red, then we get more freckles. Then we go back

  • to being paley and pasty. And of course, gingers have to have red hair.

  • Now, we can have different spectrums of red hair. My hair is very, very light. It's actually

  • called strawberry blonde. I was called Strawberry Shortcake as a child. Cool, that's like I

  • love strawberry shortcake. But people have been teased incessantly about their hair.

  • It can be a very, very dark, dark, dark red; it can be a bright fire engine red; or it

  • can be a very light blonde red, like I have. Do you have red hair? What about down there?

  • Mm-hmm. Maybe a lot of guys when their beard grows in or their moustache, it becomes red.

  • Uh-oh, you've got it somewhere. You've got the ginger in ya.

  • Interesting facts about this ginger population. A lot of people associate gingers with Ireland.

  • Misguided, are we? The biggest population of ginger people reside in Scotland. Thanks,

  • Gran. My grandmother was a ginger. My brother's a ginger. My dad was a ginger. And my other

  • grandmothers were gingers. I come from a long line of gingers. In America, 2.5% of the population

  • are ginger. There are interestingly no statistics for Canada. I have no idea. And other countries,

  • they don't even talk about gingers from other countries. But I know you're out there. Germany,

  • Austria, even Afghanistan, Middle East, Asia. I know there's gingers around. I've seen you.

  • As of now, 1 to 2% of the world's population are gingers. That's not a lot. We're really

  • cool. The rarest kind of ginger is me. Oh yeah, right here. And you guys thought I was

  • weird. Now you know for sure why I'm weird. The rarest combination of ginger: blue eyes,

  • red hair. I'm the only one in the world. No, I'm not. There's probably more.

  • And what are the good points of gingers? Are there any? Yeah, we're amazing. First of all,

  • we are known to be highly artistic. We're more artistic than you are. We're more sexual

  • than you are. That means we have sex more than you do. [Laughs] Oh, okay. And we have

  • a higher pain tolerance. This means if you punch a ginger or kick a ginger, like Kick

  • a Ginger Day, they don't really feel it as much as you do. So we are stronger, more powerful

  • than you. We are also less susceptible to pain killers and anaesthetic. So, "susceptible"

  • means it does not affect us. This is bad for Ronnie, because when Ronnie gets a headache

  • or when Ronnie has cramps, I take some painkillers, nothing happens. So I take more painkillers,

  • and finally it works. So less susceptible to pain killers means that I have to take

  • more medicine to relieve my pain. Anaesthetic, anaesthetic, anaesthetic, that's a hard word.

  • "Anaesthetic" is something that you take or doctors give you if you're going in for surgery

  • or an operation, and it knocks you out. I'm going to knock you out. So, redheads have

  • to be given more anaesthetics before surgery.

  • In history, like I told you, redheads have been known or gingers have been known to be

  • fierce warriors or fierce fighters. Apparently, now I don't know if this is true, Romans sold

  • ginger slaves at a higher price than other slaves. So you're thinking Romans. Hey, Romans

  • were in like Europe, and like Italy, and Rome... There's redheads in Europe, there's redheads

  • in Italy? Oh yeah, all the Romans.

  • And then we get into some really bad things. As I told you at the top of the lesson, when

  • I was a kid, people tried to bully me and call me names like "Carrot Top". And I said...

  • Well, let's see. What colour, really, are the tops of carrots? Green. Okay? Is my hair

  • green? No. Okay? So, again, I don't care, call me whatever you want. But some gingers

  • are more susceptible to bullying and it's just not cool.

  • There's a famous Kick a Ginger Day, November 20th. Started on Facebook where people were

  • actually encouraged to find a ginger and kick them. That's cool. And did you realize that

  • we have a higher pain tolerance? You can kick gingers as much as you want. We'll kick you

  • back. We'll kick your ass. We are gingers.

  • We have beautiful nicknames like "Fire Crotch". "Crotch" is the part where your stuff is down

  • there. Down there. It's like a fire. Then we have, like I told you, "Carrot Top". Yeah,

  • see? Don't understand that. The tops of carrots are green. "Ginga" is more popular in Australia

  • or the UK. And then we... There's this trend called "Gingerphobia". "Phobia" means the

  • fear of something. "Gingerphobia" means the fear of gingers. Are you afraid of me yet?

  • No, it's not working, is it?

  • Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why do you...? Why do people hate gingers?

  • Gingers apparently have no souls. That's cool. "Souls" means the inner aspects of your aura,

  • your personality. And, oh yeah, this is true. So, gingers actually have souls, so this is

  • a myth. It started on a very famous show called South Park and I think you should watch it.

  • If you go... I'm sure if you went on YouTube, you could find a South Park ginger episode.

  • This is very true. Gingers have very bad or firey temper. That means we get mad really

  • quickly and it is hell for you. Don't piss a ginger off, because our fire... Our tempers

  • are like fires. We explode.

  • And a long time ago, if you had red hair, you were considered a witch, then you were

  • burned at the stake, killed, exterminated. Bye-bye. Legend has it that gingers are evil.

  • Mm-hmm. And they are mistrusted, which means you cannot trust a ginger. I'll leave that

  • up to your own opinion. And we're also sometimes... People refer to us as vampires, because we

  • can't really go in the sun because we get sunburnt and turn red. It's really not cool.

  • But the cool thing is that we don't actually need as much sunlight as other people, because

  • somehow through the magic of science, we can produce our own vitamin D. We are vitamin

  • D producing machines. If you need some vitamin D, call me up, I'll email you some in the

  • post. $1,000 per quart of my ginger vitamin C.

  • There are good things that happen with gingers as well. I told you about the Kick a Ginger

  • Day. In the UK, which means England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, there's a very famous

  • supermarket called Tesco. Do you know that? If you've ever been to the UK, you've probably

  • been in a Tesco. They've got beer. In 2009, apparently they made a Christmas card. The

  • Christmas card said: "Santa loves all kids. Even gingers." Oh, damn, I don't even like

  • Santa. So what happened was this: Tesco had to remove the card because gingers got upset.

  • People thought that it was bad that they made a card making fun of gingers.

  • If you are a redhead like me and you feel like hanging out with other crazy, evil, wild

  • redheads, you can go to Ireland for the National Irish Redhead Convention. They do lots of

  • fun things, like they name a King and Queen of the redheads, there's a person that wins

  • the most freckle contest. This is in August somewhere in Ireland. Follow the redheads.

  • And also, there's Redhead Day, which is the first weekend in September in the Netherlands.

  • So, if you're a ginger like me, I've just let out some of our secrets.

  • The world is going to know more about us.

  • Until then, see you November 20th when you try and catch me and kick me.

  • Bye-bye.

I need to talk to you guys about something that's really important.

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REDHEADS: Discover the world of GINGERS

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    Claire Chi posted on 2015/10/26
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