From: email@example.com (Terry Chan)
Subject: Re: Head bangin'
In article <1991Aug21.firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com (robin
+In article <firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com (Terry Chan) writes:
+>Finally, I'll add that he notes that the girl *always* looks back
+>(like Orpheus in the underworld) and in some variations, her hair
+Okay, what about people whose hair turns white "overnight"? Is
+this supposed to mean it went *poof* you are now a platinum blonde?
+Or that if you look closely you can see white growing at the roots
+instead of whatever color was there last week? Are there any
Well, we haven't talked about this in a few months, so what the heck.
In _More of the Straight Dope_, Cecil notes that there's been stories
of hair turning white "overnight" going back a long ways (including
Thomas Moore, Marie Antoinette, etc.). But most, if not all, are
legend. The essential problem being that hair is dead tissue and so
shouldn't be able to turn white "overnight" until it grows out from
He does note however that there is a condition called "diffuse alopecia
areata" which can occur in people with a mix of dark and gray hairs.
This condition can cause substantial hair loss, but for some reason,
primarily affects pigmented hairs. Thus one can get the impression of
instant hair loss (the shock of which may cause one to overlook the
relative loss of hair as a whole). Cece notes that the process by which
this condition works is unknown, but emotional stress is thought to be
a contributing factor.
Terry "Gray hair is still better than no hair" Chan