Several long nucleotide sequences were analysed to find out if any of them are unusual in terms of the possible formation of “hairpins” (pairs of complementary runs of nucleotides forming double-stranded structures) as compared to random sequences. The RNA of MS2 bacteriophage has more potential hairpins with short loops (up to 10 bases in a loop) than found in random sequences with the same length and base composition. Other analyzed nucleotide sequences (SV40, φX174, Fd and 16S rRNA) behaved very much as their corresponding random ones. Most of the extra hairpins of the MS2 RNA are estimated to be thermodynamically stable. These potential hairpins might play some role in the function of the MS2 RNA.