Hair this, hair this… blondes really can be dumb, say ‘experts’
DUBLIN: It’s a hairy issue, but a team of budding young scientists claim to have proved that blondes really are more dumb.
The fourth-year boffins from Drumcree College in Portadown swapped Bunsen burners for feather dusters and questionnaires to probe a series of stress-related stereotypes.
After an in-depth analysis involving hundreds of fellow pupils, the group discovered that three out of four redheads were fiery, 59 percent of brunettes were boring, and 64 percent of blondes “below average” in IQ tests.
Their findings are on display in Dublin this week as part of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which features more than 500 projects from schoolchildren north and south of the border.
More than 80 judges from the worlds of business and academia interview and assess each project, with the overall winner announced at an awards ceremony.
Drumcree College pupil Eimear Creaney said her threestrong team had applied some unconventional research methods.
“For the redheads we did an anger survey and we made them stand with one arm raised and tickled them with a feather to see how they would react,” she said.
“We gave the brunettes a fun questionnaire and asked them things like ‘How often do you laugh and what’s your favourite colour?’ ”
Chris Clark, CEO of BT in Ireland, said the emphasis of the competition was on making science fun. “It gives pupils the opportunity to explore the possibilities of science outside of a classroom,” he said.
“They also get essential skills meeting business people and politicians. They get a big benefit from that.” – Belfast Telegraph