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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.

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You can call them almost anything

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

-Bristle batons
-Cookie duster
-Crumb catcher
-Grass grin
-Lip shadow
-Mr. Tickles
-Tea strainer
-Upper lipholstery

Check out these proper names for beard styles you should know.

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They’re practically magnetic

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

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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.

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Even you can grow the “Fu Manchu”

Average human hair grows at a rate of 0.014 inches a day, or about five or six inches a year. Check out some more surprising myths and facts about human hair.

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Some ‘staches are simply more likable than others

Burt Reynolds’s iconic mustache has more than 3,000 Facebook fans.

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They’re seasonal

Mustache hair grows faster than any other body hair. It sprouts more in spring and summer than in autumn and winter. Hence, the “Movember” trend. Here’s everything you wanted to know about Movember.

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They might be hiding something

In 1967, the Beatles wore mustaches 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.

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Public opinion on them is (mostly) positive

In a 2008 poll from the British newspaper The Guardian, 61 percent of respondents found the mustache to be gentlemanly and sophisticated, while 39 percent believed it was worn only by “fiends or fools.” Make of that what you will. Plus, check out our favorite jokes and funny quotes about facial hair.

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They mop up well

A mustache is capable of absorbing 20 percent of its own weight in liquid. Find out the surprising things your facial hair can reveal about your health.

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‘Stache wearers take themselves very seriously

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

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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. Speaking of shaving, check out these simple hygiene rules all men should follow.

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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.

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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 mustache defends the entrance to my real self.” Read on to find out the best facial hair style for your face shape.

© 2012 by Allan Peterkin. “One Thousand Mustaches: A Cultural History of the Mo” is published by Arsenal Pulp Press.