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1,600 Redheads Gather In Portland, Which May Be a Surprising World Record

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on August 18, 2013

You’d think in the history of recorded Man, there’d be a time where more than a couple-thousand redheaded folk gathered in the same place at the same time. Guinness says you would be wrong in that assumption.

Looking to top the Dutch’s world record of 1,255 such redheads in 2012, organizers convinced as many as 1,600 people [who will be mocked as soulless gingers] to come on down to Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday. Keep Portland … red?

Motoya Nakamura/The Oregonian

Motoya Nakamura/The Oregonian

So how does one prove it? Is there a carpet/drapes test? Nah, it’s all rather innocent. “To qualify for the Portland gathering, registrants had to bring a color photo of themselves as a young person showing their naturally red hair,” The Oregonian reported on Saturday.

Judges will count and verify for at least the next two months.

Here’s what the scene looked liked, sans Carrot Top:

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