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Why Being A Redhead Is Less Painful Than You Think

There is now some real science beyond the myths and stereotypes about what sets that relatively rare redheaded breed apart from the rest of us. Though sometimes taunted by schoolmates, redheads turn out to be more resistant to physical pain than blonds an

Julianne Moore at the Venice International Film Festival (nicolas genin)
Julianne Moore at the Venice International Film Festival (nicolas genin)
Pia Heinemann

BERLIN - Among the many claims made about redheads is that they are stubborn, fresh, impulsive, and awkward. They have thousands of freckles, pasty skin – not to mention "witch's genes' and most curious of all: they turn into vampires when they die. Not only that, but they also don't feel pain, and can eat as many chili peppers as they like without shedding a tear.

These sorts of comments are as common as they are generally baseless. Indeed, redheads are so rare as a ratio of the world population that the myths about them seem bound to continue piling up. Still there are differences that can be proven by science rather than hearsay.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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