Hair this, hair this… blondes re­ally can be dumb, say ‘ex­perts’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

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

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