Facial hair has been rising again in popularity, with a lot of men sporting the rough look. No wonder as mustaches have always been a well-loved facial hairstyle for a long time. But, while beards may have overshadowed its beauty, mustaches have its own beauty. Here are fascinating facts that prove mustaches are as cool as bears.
1. World’s Longest Mustache
Ram Singh Chauhan holds the record for having the longest growing mustache. The Indian man has one that spans nearly 14 feet long, which he has been growing since 1982. You’ll be surprised that with the reason why he grew such mustache – a friend with a 7-foot long one suggested it.
2. A’s Baseball Team
In 1971, A’s baseball team, an Oakland-based local team, was paid $300 each to grow their mustaches. With a whopping incentive such as that, no one from the team rejected the offer. It became a media frenzy when the A’s went up against the clean-shaven Reds team in the 1972 World Series. The media called the match-up, the ‘Hairs vs. Squares’ series.
3. Oldest Mustache
Moustache experienced various levels of popularity throughout the years. However, the oldest artifact sporting a mustache was a portrait tracing back to 300 BC.
4. Presidential Mustache
In the history of the White House, only 4 US Presidents wore a mustache. These include Chester A. Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, and Grover Cleveland. The last to grow one was William H. Taft in 1909. Since then, all the presidents were all clean-shaven.
5. Female Mustache
The most renowned woman in the world to sport a mustache is Frieda Kahlo, even bringing the unibrow into fashion. Her self-portraits and paintings are genuinely fascinating, and are bizarrely beautiful!
6. Cardboard Mustache Giveaway
The Beatles gave away cardboard mustache for every purchase of the 1967 album, ‘The Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ Why not? All of the band members were all wearing a mustache on the album cover.
7. The King Without A Mustache
You might be playing card games but, you may not be aware that not all the Kings in a deck of cards sports a mustache. Try to check the King of Hearts – he is only the mustache-less King in the pack.
8. Mustache Spoons
One problem of noblemen during the Victorian Era was protecting their mustaches when taking soup. They were inventive enough and created a mustache spoon that was able to serve as a barrier between the mustache and soup.
9. Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein sported his mustache for more than 50 years.
10. Time Spent on Shaving
An average man spends around five months of his life shaving if he begins at the age of 14 – assuming that he lives 60 years after.
11. Absorbent Mustaches
Mustaches are absorbent. A month-old mustache has the capability of hold 10 percent of a glass beer or 30ml of any beverage before leaking the content to the individual face, making them very useful for minor spills.
12. Hands Off
An average man will touch his facial hair nearly 750 times a day, or a whopping 31.25 time per hour!
13. Mustache Contest
Every two years, the World Beard and Moustache Championship takes place and is hosted by the World Beard and Moustache Association (WBMA). The competition features men with lengthy, fashionable, and superbly-styled facial hair.
14. Good For The Skin
A study from the University of Southern Queensland has shown that sporting a mustache has health benefits for the skin. Depending on the thickness and length of the mustache, it can aid in reducing the amount of sun rays penetrating the area. Thus, also decreasing the risks of skin cancer.
15. Mustaches in the Military
Men sporting mustaches in the American military adheres to specific rules regarding the shape and size of their mustache. The regulation states that the mustache must not go beyond the upper lip line, extend sideways past the mouth line, and grow upward beyond the lowest edge of the nose. Aside from that, they are encouraged to keep their mustaches neatly trimmed and tapered.
16. Refined Look
A poll from a British newspaper suggests that a mustache makes the wearer appear more sophisticated and gentlemanly. Sixty-one percent of the respondents said it helps provide guys with a refined look while the other thirty-nine percent tell otherwise, saying it made men appear like fools.
Every November, men are encouraged to grow a mustache as a form of support to different men’s health charities and issues. The event that first began in Australia in 2002 grew globally and now known as Movember. Hundreds of thousands participate annually, raising both funds and awareness.
18. Indian Police
Police officers assigned in the Madhya Pradesh state in India are being paid a certain amount of money to grow their mustaches. Their superiors believe that doing so commands more respect and channels more authority.
19. Mustache in Numbers
A man’s face has around 10,000 to 20,000 hairs, and the average mustache accounts for 600 of it.
Aside from being a reliable protector from the harmful sun rays, mustaches also serve as a filter of the air breathed in through the nose, cleaning it from different elements, pollutants, or debris.