Thinking of donating sperm? Well, redheads need not apply! Apparently, people don't want their future children to join the "ginger" club.
In fact, demand is so low the world's largest sperm bank, Cryos International, has started turning away redheaded donors. The bank's director told the Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet that there simply wasn't much demand for sperm from red-headed men, the Telegraph reported.
"I do not think you chose a redhead, unless the partner - for example, the sterile male - has red hair, or because the lone woman has a preference for redheads," Ole Schou, director of Cryos International, told the Danish paper, according to the Telegraph. "And that's perhaps not so many, especially in the latter case."
Cryos has a large customer base in Spain, Italy and Greece, and most of the customers in those countries are interested in making brown-haired, brown-eyed babies.
The ginger is appreciated in Ireland. According to Schou redheaded sperm is selling like hot cakes there. Makes sense, ten percent of the Irish population has red hair, according to the website of KQED. That's compared to the two to six percent of the U.S. population.
Schou said the bank can afford to be picky, according to the Telegraph, because it has a waiting list of 600 guys who are ready to give donation their best shot - and because the bank has reached its capacity of 70 liters of semen.
What do you think about ginger donors being turned away?
Viewers serve up their thoughts on Facebook:
Steven writes: Chelsea Handler's influence runs rampant against my people.
Rick's Piano Bar writes: Well, maybe they already have enough of, ya know, "red head DNA" stuff?
Greta writes: Very sad. Whats not to love about a redhead?
Britney writes: I think they need to do more research about genetics; red hair usually skips a generation, and is usually based on maternal genes. A redheaded father is quite unlikely to have a redheaded baby anyway.
Ashley writes: Dislike. Embrace the Ginger.
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Online Dish: No Ginger Babies Wanted! Sperm Bank Turns Away Redheaded Donors
Redheaded babies are not in high demand, and now the world's largest sperm bank is turning away ginger donors.
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