Blondes do not have more fun: a non‐blinded crossover field study

Dennis Zetner, Jesper Ryg, Kristoffer Andresen, Anders Schack, Rasmus Alder and Jacob Rosenberg
Med J Aust 2019; 211 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50419
Published online: 9 December 2019


Objectives: To evaluate whether blondes have more fun, as proposed by Sir Roderick David Stewart in 1978.

Design: Prospective, non‐randomised crossover field study, 1–2 June 2018.

Setting: Single centre medical writing course, during a break in the course program.

Participants: Convenience sample of 21 healthy Danish researchers: ten blondes, nine non‐blondes, and two with missing data (bald).

Intervention: Participants completed a visual analogue scale (VAS) for fun and Profile of Mood States – Adolescents (POMS‐A) questionnaires before and after two rides each on a waterslide (once sitting upright, once lying down). There was a wash‐out between rides.

Main outcome measures: Fun, as assessed by VAS completed moments after completing each waterslide ride.

Results: Blondes did not have more fun than non‐blondes, neither while sitting upright (median VAS, 60 [IQR, 23–66] v 25 [IQR, 4.5–57]; P = 0.39) nor lying down (median VAS, 70 [IQR, 60–85] v 66 [IQR, 35–80]; P = 0.62). Riding the waterslide lying down was significantly faster (median duration, 9 s; range, 8–13 s) than sitting upright (median duration, 13.6 s; range, 8–37 s; P < 0.001), and also more fun (median VAS, 72 [IQR, 59–85] v 41 [IQR, 14–66]; P = 0.002).

Conclusions: Our findings are not consistent with the statement by Sir Roderick David Stewart that “blondes have more fun”; we found no evidence that blondes experience more fun or are more susceptible to mood changes than non‐blondes.

  • Dennis Zetner1
  • Jesper Ryg2
  • Kristoffer Andresen1
  • Anders Schack3
  • Rasmus Alder1
  • Jacob Rosenberg1

  • 1 Centre for Perioperative Optimisation, Herlev Hospital, Herlev, Denmark
  • 2 Geriatric Research Unit, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
  • 3 Centre for Surgical Science, Sjællands University Hospital Køge, Køge, Denmark


Competing interests:

We had no support from any organisation for the submitted work; no financial relationships with any organisations that might have an interest in the submitted work in the previous three years; no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.


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