The fine folks at the New Zealand Beard Appreciation Society have come up with a helpful facial hair reference guide, so that you can be sure not to confuse your Mongolian warlords with your sea captains, like you’re always doing. Because you need to know if you’re dealing with a super wizard, or just a regular run-of-the-mill wizard. That’s a powerful mix-up to make. [New Zealand Beard Appreciation Society]
Throughout America’s history, the mustache has grown on the lips of many famous and influential Americans. In honor of Movember, click on for the mustache’s impact on America over the years.
The lip sweater, the flavor saver, the mouth brow, the pushbroom. Call the mustache what you will, we don’t really care as long as it’s attached to the upper lip of a hot dude we want to get it on with. In honor of Movember, the month in which dudes grow out their lip fuzz to raise money for cancer research, we’d like to celebrate some of our favorite mustached men. Like we really needed an excuse to celebrate. After the jump, some ‘stached dudes we wouldn’t kick out of bed.
So, apparently those handlebar mustaches and ironic neckbeards aren’t just babe magnets, they’re also a boon for your health! A group of Australian researchers found that facial hair provide an effective barrier against the sun’s UV rays. “Facial hair reduced the exposure ratios to approximately one-third of those to the sites with no hair,” the team reported in the Radiation Protection Dosimetry journal (sounds like a great beach read, no?). “The variation in the exposure rates over the different sites was reduced compared with the cases with no beard.” Another finding? The more facial hair you have, the more protected you are, so put down those razors, fellas, and repeat after me: “More mustaches, less melanoma!” [Washington Post]
A new book, Hair India: A Guide to the Bizarre Beards and Magnificent Moustaches of Hindustan, celebrates the country’s finest facial hair. My favorite featured mustache is Ram Singh Chauman’s, measuring more than 11 feet. Boasting the longest lip sweater in India, he makes his living as a mustache model, charging a handsome fee to photograph his face. You may have seen his famous whiskers in the film “Octopussy.” How fitting. I wonder how much he charged those girls to play with it. [Telegraph UK]
Meet Alfie, the horse with the rare mustache. When this stallion’s ‘stache started to sprout, his groomer tried to trim him but Alfie refused, bolting across the stable to avoid the scissors. “It was bizarre when I first saw it and my first inkling was we need to shave it off. But he does not let you anywhere near it … He is a very headstrong horse and he is very proud of his mustache,” she said of her decision to honor Alfie’s wishes to let his mo grow. I am totally digging his ‘stache. It would be a shame to see it go. I say, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him shave.” [Metro UK] Keep reading »