13 Things You Didn’t Know About Moustaches

Whether you have one, want one, or wish they’d all disappear, the Mo has made its comeback. Just in time for Movember, the author of One Thousand Moustaches lets us in on some hairy secrets.

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Man with moustache
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1. You Can Call Moustaches 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

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Hipster with thin moustache
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2. Moustaches Are Pratically Magnetic

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

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3. 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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Thai man with moustache and goatee
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4. Even You Can Grow the Fu Manchu

Average human hair grows at a rate of 0.035 cm a day, or about 13 to 15 cm a year.

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Burt Reynolds sporting one of the most iconic moustaches
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5. Some Moustaches Are More Likeable Than Others

Burt Reynolds’s iconic moustache has nearly 3,200 Facebook fans.

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Man with groomed moustache
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6. They’re Seasonal

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

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7. 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.

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Handsome man with fake moustache
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8. They Could Make You A Better Suitor

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

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9. They Mop Up Well

A moustache is capable of absorbing 20 per cent of its own weight in liquid.

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Statue of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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10. ‘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.

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Elderly man with moustache
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11. Mo Facial Hair Means Mo Free Time

Ninety per cent 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.

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12. 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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Man being shaved at an old-school barbershop
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13. 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, published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

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