We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about the mustache, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the popular style of facial hair that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: A Mustache Turns Gray Before Head Hair Does
If you’re surprised by a few stray gray hairs in your ‘stache, don’t be – it’s quite normal for gray to show up in a mustache before it shows up in the hair on your head. It usually means your hair will start turning gray soon.
Number Seven: They Can Absorb a Lot of Liquid
Specifically, mustaches can absorb up to 20 percent of their own body weight in liquid. Don’t forget to wash your ‘stache in the shower, guys!
Number Six: The Oldest Mustache Is From 300 B.C.
It’s true! Historians date the oldest ‘stache back to 300 B.C. and it belongs to a Scythian horseman. The horseman is depicted with a thick black mustache.
Number Five: The Average ‘Stache Has 600 Hairs
Men have between 10,000 and 20,000 hairs on their face. Most ‘staches take up about 600 of those hairs.
Number Four: Albert Einstein Had One for More Than 50 Years
We’re not saying that growing a ‘stache will make you smarter, but the proof is in the pudding, folks. Einstein had a mustache for more than 50 years!
Number Three: They Can Prevent Cancer
One study at Australia’s University of Southern Queensland found that 90 to 95 percent of those harmful UV rays can be blocked by facial hair. Grow a ‘stache to live longer!
Number Two: They Used to Have Their Own Spoons
In the Victorian era, men would use spoons specifically for their ‘staches while eating soup. The spoons would protect their precious mustaches from absorbing any soup.
Number One: It’s Illegal to Kiss a Woman in Nevada if You Have a Mustache
In Eureka, Nevada, men with mustaches are technically breaking the law every time they kiss a woman. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about the mustache!