Granite Geek: The 'Irrationality' of Facial Hair



Look at portraits of the nation's leaders and you'll see a particular trend come and go over the years: facial hair. For decades facial hair is in, and then, suddenly, for decades more, it's out. But why? Granite Geek David Brooks recently noticed this pattern in the photographs of the mayors of Concord, which are displayed along several flights of stairs at City Hall, and he says a particular invention may have something to do with the trend. He spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello. David, I mustache you a question. Oh, mustache. You verbal people are too clever for us writers. The question is: what is the invention? The invention, of course, is the safety razor. For millennia, men have removed facial hair by scraping it with sharp objects, you know,...

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