13 Things You Didn’t Know About Mustaches

Whether you have one, want one, or wish they'd all disappear, the mo is making a comeback! We uncovered a few of its hairy little secrets from an expert.

By Allan Peterkin from "One Thousand Mustaches: A Cultural History of the Mo"
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You Can Call Them Almost Anything

There are numerous slang terms for the moustache. Most reflect its tendency to retain food and drink or its association with sex:

-Bristle batons
-Bro-stache
-Cookie duster
-Crumb catcher
-Face-lace
-Grass grin
-Lip shadow
-Manometer
-Mouthbrow
-Moz
-Mr. Tickles
-Tea strainer
-Upper lipholstery
-Whiskers
-Wing

They're Pratically Magnetic

The average man with a mo touches it 760 times a day.

The Bigger the 'Stache, the Higher the Pay

Policemen in large Indian cities are sometimes paid a bonus if they grow a mo, considered a symbol of virility and power.

Even You Can Grow the Fu Manchu

Average human hair grows at a rate of 0.014 inches a day, or about 5 or 6 inches a year.

Some 'Staches Are Simply More Likeable Than Others

Burt Reynolds’s iconic moustache has nearly 4,000 Facebook fans.

They're Seasonal

Mustache hair grows faster than any other body hair. It sprouts more in spring and summer than in autumn and winter.

They Might Be Hiding Something

In 1967, the Beatles wore moustaches on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and enclosed cardboard versions within. Paul McCartney explained his Sgt. Pepper ’stache as a pragmatic response to a tumble from a moped in 1966: It hid his swollen lip.

They Could Make You A Better Suitor

In a 2008 poll from the British newspaper The Guardian, 61 percent of respondents found the moustache to be gentlemanly and sophisticated, while 39 percent believed it was worn only by fools and fiends.

They Mop Up Well

A mustache is capable of absorbing 20 percent of its own weight in liquid.

'Stache Wearers Take Themselves Very Seriously

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered as “one of the most influential moustached Americans in history” by the American Mustache Institute.

Mo Facial Hair Means Mo Free Time

Ninety percent of men shave once a day. Shaving uses up a total of five months of a man’s life if he starts at the age of 14.

They're All Monkey Business

The average human male has about five million follicles—roughly three times as many as the gorilla, but still less than the chimpanzee.

They're a Money-Making Machine

Razors and blades are a $1.1 billion industry.

However, keeping your mo long could help your image and trade. Spanish artist Salvador Dali loved his super 'stache, claiming that "like two erect sentries, my moustache defends the entrance to my real self."

© 2012 by Allan Peterkin. "One Thousand Mustaches: A Cultural History of the Mo" is published by Arsenal Pulp Press. www.arsenalpulp.com

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