All eyes are beautiful eyes, but if you're part of the majority of people who have brown eyes, you've probably dreamed of something more exotic. Maybe dark hair and gray eyes was the rare hair and eye color combination you wished for, and while that's a match we'd have to agree is pretty stunning, the title of rarest hair and eye color combination belongs to another group.
According to Medical Daily, blue-eyed redheads take the prize for rarest hair and eye color combination. Both genes for blue eyes and red hair are recessive, so if you can remember back to high school biology and Punnett Squares, you'll know just how rare this combo is.
So, how common is the red hair and blue eyes combo? Only two percent of the world population — about 140 million in 7.6 billion — has red hair. Blue eyes, on the other hand, are a lot more common: About 17 percent of the world population has blue eyes. Ignoring genetic factors that make people of a certain race more likely than others to have this hair and eye color combination, you're looking at 12.75 million people on this planet with red hair and blue eyes.
If that number is hard to imagine, just remember that you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning in your lifetime (0.03 percent) than of meeting a redhead with blue eyes (0.017 percent).
Who knew? And while you rack your brains trying to think of redheads with blue eyes that you know, we'll go ahead and tell you that many of your favorite celebrities with red hair aren't natural redheads! Amy Adams and Emma Stone — two Hollywood redheads — dye their naturally blonde hair! Mad Men star Jessica Chastain, however, is actually a bona fide redhead with blue eyes.
But don't lament your brown hair just yet. Bees are, apparently, more attracted to people with red hair, and a 2017 study found natural redheads are more likely to develop skin cancer. That said, it's not all bad news. A German researcher named Werner Habermehl found redheads have more sex than their blonde and brunette counterparts.
h/t Reader's Digest
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