The Golden Thread That Connects People Beyond Borders

There are many traits in the human body that are rare and make us stand out in the crowd. One of these features is the natural red hair, which only 1-2% of people in the world posses. This trait is so unique and beautiful, but in some cases it’s also the opposite where people get bullied for being different. Although, we try to live in a world where we try to be more understanding of individuality, it is amazing to know that our DNA flows in all of us beyond borders, that we share some similar genes with every stranger we meet. Kieran Dodds it’s the photographer who brings prof for that.

The 39-year-old Scottish photographer,  has been traveling the world and capturing different people with one connecting trait—ginger hair. Ginger is what others call red hair, a spectrum incorporating orange and yellow and brown, an iridescent gold. He says that his project is not only for trying to find ginger haired people, but connecting them across political and cultural boundaries, using a rare golden thread.

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#1 Clockwise: Steven Mckay, Esther, Rebecca (Mother), Chloe, Lois And Abigail, Scotland

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“In 2014, Scotland voted on independence and I was considering the cliches of identity. I knew I was one of them, being pale and ginger, but very early on in the research process, I found that it is a global trait. Even Scotland, as the global capital, has 13% of people at most showing the hair color. There were two hot spots, it claimed, one in Scotland and Ireland that is confirmed by science—the Celtic Fringe. The other hot spot was in Russia that was confirmed by an anecdote.”

#2 Alexander Soued, Scotland, Born In 2011

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Being ginger himself, Kieran has made interesting discoveries about the ginger population in his 7-year long journey and was amazed to learn that they can be found almost everywhere in the world, not only in the hot spots known to be populated by gingers, like Scotland and the Russian city of Perm.

“Our genes have traveled far across history even if we personally have not,” he says. This project was all self funded. He traveled in a lot of places trying to locate gingers, but in Scotland he notticed that you didn’t have to travel further. “One lad had an Indian great-grandfather and another had an Eastern European mother and Middle Eastern dad. He is Scottish, but his story expands our expectations of that narrow political term,”he explains.

#3 Sveta Ni, Russia, Born In 1996

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Sveta Ni, in particular, stood out as she said her father’s family line was originally from China. The oldest ginger gene mutation is traced to Central Asia with gingers in Western China, Afghanistan, and North Pakistan. There were a lot of stories that show how ginger people have moved across the world and settled in different places.

The photographer dedicated this book to his twin daughters, who have the last portrait in the book: “I want something for them to grow up and see they are part of something bigger, not merely an identity group but a group within the bigger family of humanity.”

#4 Jordan DeLeon, Jamaica, Born In 2016

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#5 Chris McCabe, Scotland

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#6 Randy Wong, Jamaica, Born In 1988

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#7 Pacey Young, Scotland

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#8 Gilad Belkin, Israel, Born In 1988

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#9 Maya Duncan-Smith, Dundee, Scotland

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#10 Photographer Kieran Dodds, Scotland, Born In 1980

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#11 Marteka Nembhard, Jamaica, Born In 2005

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#12 Lucy Fleming, Scotland, Born In 2005

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#13 Jamie Hallam, Scotland, Born In 2004

#14 Photographer’s Daughters Izzy & Ada Dodds, Scotland

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#15 Nixie Connelly, Scotland

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15 Brilliant Hidden Facts in Pixar Movies That Have Been Spotted By Some Sharp-eyed People

When we think of our childhood, a big part of it was influenced by our love for cartoons. For instance, Pixar movies impress us even as adults. We all were waiting with impatience for Toy Story 4 to hit the theatres. Imagine all other adorable movies that remain a sweet part of our life. Ratatouille, Inside Out, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Coco, and so many other movies bring us back to the sweet moments of the past anytime we sit in front of the TV.

However, besides its movies, this animating studio is known for something else as well. This one interesting detail that we didn’t notice as kids. It’s the tiny details that are hidden in the story.

Some people with sharp eyes, have noticed these details and have shared them on the internet. From the paintings to the pizza toppings, there are quite some details that didn’t cross our eyes until now. Scroll down below to find out what they are. Also, make sure to share this fact with Pixar fans that you know.

1. Kid notices something that most of us wouldn’t have: UP(2009), Cars 2 (2011)


2. In Finding Nemo (2003), Gill is a moorish idol. This species is known to not handle captivity well, so him being the one who constantly comes up with escape plans makes sense.


3. In Toy Story 2 (1999) , the American flag is replaced by the globe in rest of the world.


4. “A113” is an animator’s inside joke: It refers to a classroom number at the California Institute of the Arts where many of the Pixar folks got their start. The number has worked its way into nearly every Pixar movie.

5.  Incredibles (2004) Elastagirl’s Original Suit Was Red And Mr. Incredible’s Suit Was Blue, Their First Child’s Name? Violet


6. When Mike marks an x on the calendar in red marker, it’s brighter and fresher than the rest of the marks, which have dried

7. The carpet at Sid’s house in toy story (1995) was intentionally made the same as the carpet at the overlook hotel in The Shining (1980), one of many references to the horror film throughout the Pixar series

8. In “Up” (2009) The Town Buildings Develop Over The Years


9. In Inside Out (2015), Riley’s Clothes Become More Muted As She Becomes More Depressed Throughout The Movie

10. In The Incredibles 2, The Painting In Helen’s Hotel Room Is An Illustration Of Her Seperation From The Family


11. In Inside Out, The Pizza Toppings Were Changed From Broccolis To Bell Peppers In Japan, Since Kids In Japan Don’t Like Bell Peppers. Pixar Localised The Joke


12. For Brave (2012), Pixar Developed Two New Software Programs Over Three Years To Allow Simulation Of Merida’s 1,500 Strands Of Hair Curls To Move Together With Her Movements


13. In Up (2009), Dug Is The Only Dog To Successfully Track Down The Tropical Bird Because He Is The Only Hunting Dog (Golden Retriever). All The Others Are Guard Dog Breeds


14. Whenever Characters Play Guitar In The Movie, Their Hands Form The Actual Chords Corresponding To The Music… Even Though It Would’ve Been Easy To Just Fake It

15. In The Pixar Logo After The Credits Of Wall-E, Wall-E Replaces Luxo Jr.’s Lightbulb With An Environmental Friendly Bulb After His “Round” Bulb Goes Out


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