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  • Who has blue hair? Marge Simpson, obviously. Old ladies used to have a "blue rinse" (think Mrs Slocombe in "Are you Being Served?").

    When I was seven, I used, as a proud brunette, to draw princesses with blue-black hair as an overreaction to the prevailing simpering blondeness of the majority of heroines.

    Blue hair is rather unusual and strange, even sinister... according to wikipedia: "71% of the adults polled by the Christian Science Monitor in 2002 said they would not allow a 12-year-old to dye their hair blue.The social dislike of the hair color can lead to a suspension from school and the loss of a job, among other things. The "blue hair effect" has been used as a metaphor for social distancing."

    So picture my delight when I went to Poitiers today and found this stained-glass window (12th century) showing Christ with blue hair.

    I like to think this is absolutely historically accurate.



    http://www.therosewindow.com/pilot/Poitiers%20Cathedral/table.htm
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