Fact or Fiction: Shaving


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Men (and women) have been shaving for thousands of years -- from cavemen removing facial hair with sharpened shells to modern men disposing of beards with five-bladed razors. Test your knowledge with this shaving quiz.

The Book of Deuteronomy contains a specific prohibition against shaving beards and the hair on the sides of the head.

Leviticus 19:27 forbids men from shaving their beards and the hair on the sides of their heads. Some orthodox religions still practice this today.


Alexander the Great set the clean-shaven standard for men in ancient Greece.

Alexander the Great was apparently a little obsessed with shaving, never going into battle unshaven.


Well-to-do men in ancient Rome wore beards but shaved their heads daily.

Roman men were clean-shaven -- they either had servants shave them every morning or went to the barber.


American men wore beards up until World War II.

It was World War I that turned the tide for shaving.


Gillette introduced the safety razor in 1901, which made it easier for men to shave their beards.

Gillette invented the safety razor and bombarded the public with a massive ad campaign.


The U.S. Army bought razors in bulk from Gillette during World War I for hygiene reasons.

World War I was the first war in which chemical weapons were widely used, and bearded soldiers couldn't safely wear gas masks. And then when the clean-shaven heroes came home, suddenly it was fashionable to shave.


Gillette spent a nickel on each razor blade and sold them for a dime each.

Gillette made a hefty profit after spending just a cent on each razor blade. All the more money for advertising, my dear.


In 2005, Procter & Gamble bought Gillette for more than $50 billion.

The Procter & Gamble acquisition is proof of just how big a business shaving is these days.


American women were moved to start shaving in 1915 when a model appeared in Vogue with bare underarms.

The model's bare gown was shocking, but her armpits are what really made an impression on American women, who started shaving en masse. Also helping was an ad campaign by the Wilkinson Sword Company, which said that hairy underarms were unhygienic and unfeminine.


Schick created the electric razor in 1953.

It was Schick, but the year was 1928.


The first electric razor had a motor the size of a grapefruit.

Schick's first design was rather unwieldy -- the grapefruit-sized motor was in a case that connected to the shaving head with a flexible drive shaft.


Despite its inconvenience, the electric razor was an instant hit.

Men didn't exactly flock to stores to snap up the electric razor. It was more of a slow builder.


Gillette struck again in the '60s with the twin-blade razor.

The twin-blade was introduced (and endlessly advertised) in the '70s.


The enormously popular Gillette Mach 3 appeared on the market in 1991.

Shaving companies had been attempting three-blade systems for years, but it wasn't until 1998 that Gillette finally hit the nail on the head.


Schick countered with the Quattro, which Gillette answered with the five-blade Fusion.

Schick's four-blade Quattro was soon outdone by the Gillette Fusion.


But the mother of all razors is the rare Platinum Mach 14, available only to American Express black-card members.

Sorry, the Platinum Mach 14 is available only in a 'Saturday Night Live' commercial parody.


The best shaving brushes are made from water buffalo hair.

Shaving aficionados swear by badger-hair brushes. If you want to go really over-the-top, get one made with only badger neck hair.


Most shaving creams contain the same basic ingredients.

Most are the same -- glycerine-based, with lanoline, stearic acid and triethanolamine.


You should always shave before a shower.

Shaving should always happen after a shower. The layer of hot water between your skin and the lather keeps the blade from dragging on your skin.


The razor is the most popular grooming tool ever invented.

The razor has definitely made its mark, so to speak, but the tweezer -- in various forms -- has been around longer and is arguably more versatile.


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