If you ask most people (or wikipedia), a mustache (or moustache) is facial hair grown on the upper lip, which may or may not be accompanied by a beard. If you ask some others, a mustache is the universal icon representing pure manliness. In some cultures, mustaches have been associated with power, and in others, with super coolness.
The mustache dates back a very, very, very long time. While shaving with stone razors was possible from Neolithic times, the oldest known picture showing a shaved man with a mustache is of an ancient Iranian horseman from 300 BC. In 2010, the longest recorded mustache measured in at 14 feet. Contrary to popular belief, this 14ft mustache belonged to an Indian man in Italy, and not Yosemite Sam.
The mustache comes in many different forms. Some recognizable styles include:
The Fu Manchu
Mustaches have been popular with the manliest of men (and some women) throughout history. Some of our favorite of the most notable mustaches belong to: Tom Selleck (perhaps the best mustache of all time), Clarke Gable, Friedrich Nietsche, Mark Spitz, Hulk Hogan, Ron Burgundy, Captain Hook, Walter Frazier, Ned Flanders, John Waters, Burt Reynolds, Albert Einstein, Carl Winslow, Teddy Roosevelt, Pancho Villa, Robert Goulet, Rollie Fingers, Reggie Jackson, Salvador Dali, Geraldo Rivera, William Taft, Freddie Mercury, and Frida Kahlo.
This week marks the end of Movember, also known as No Shave November. Movember originally began in Melbourne in 2003, when the “Mo Bros” grew ‘staches to bring awareness to prostate and testicular cancer. It has since become a global phenomenon, still used to raise awareness or funds for men’s health issues, or sometimes just for fun.
As Movember 2012 draws to a close, we invite you to shave, or not to shave, but to at least groom your mustache and/or other facial hair. Whether you like to keep it full and fluffy like Burt or Tom, or thin and wiry like John Waters or Salvador Dali, we’ve got the tools you need to keep your mustache looking great all year round.