- FACT: The moustache was first discovered in 1492 by German explorer, Frederick Von Stachen. He spied a lone moose wandering in the mountains of Switzerland, sporting some strange hair under its nose. He captured the beast after a lengthy chase, and brought it back to Germany to be displayed at the World Fair in 1493. The moose became known as “Stachen’s Moose”, or Moose de Stachen in his native tongue. Incidentally, this is where the name “moustache” came from.
- FACT: The average moustache weighs approximately 2lbs (just under 1kg). Due to this fact, people who have sported moustaches for long periods of time have incredibly strong necks. Neck ache is often a cause for concern for inexperienced moustache growers, and one of the biggest causes of emergency services call-outs in 2007.
- FACT: If you plucked all the hairs from the average-sized moustache, and laid them out in a line, the total length of hair would be around 475,000 miles (765,000km). That’s enough hair to stretch to the moon and back! It’s no wonder people who grow moustaches are often referred to as lunatics.
- FACT: It is said that someone’s moustache can determine their future. A prime example was Nathaniel Sturridge, who in 1884 grew a wondrous handlebar moustache. He would later become an expert cyclist, and represented his country in the sport at the 1896 Olympic Games.
- FACT: Although it is not possible to grow more than one moustache on your face, in 2009, a young scientist by the name of Herbert Hummel genetically altered his facial hair, so that each strand would grow its own “mini” moustache. Although still in its infancy, the Worldwide Moustache Council have condemned this technique, and it is banned from all forms of moustache growing contests.
- FACT: Moustaches are extremely volatile, and no more than four moustaches can ever be in the same room at one time. If that were to ever happen, life as we know it would stop instantaneously and every molecule in our bodies would explode at the speed of light. This is why Moustache Directive 56 is in place.
There is no doubt that moustaches are fascinating things, and I’ve only covered a small fraction of their history and attributes. Perhaps you have some more facts that you’d like to share in the comments?