Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

How come most if not all, dictators / military rulers have/had mustaches ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The mustache has always been a sign of power, dignity, and elegance. We encourage you to grow your mustache for the party. Leaving you with those words is a little history of the mustache:

    In 1800 BC, the Pharaoh Teqikencola outlawed mustaches among the elite of Egyptian society; hence the inevitable decline of his nation's empire. The countryside became overrun by mustachioed bandits and foreigners who gathered popular support among the population who could not afford the expense (and bother) of shaving to please the Pharaoh.Greeks and Romans were also anti-mustache. And, as is well known, their empires are no longer with us. Both empires collapsed, as hordes of hairy-upper-lipped barbarians trashed these centers of so-called civilization.

    In Asia, mustaches have always been seen as sign of wisdom among the men (not the women, curiously) who wore them. Confucius is always depicted with long, fine streams of perfect hair emanating from the corners of his perpetual wry smile. It was he who said, "A man without a mustache is man without a soul." Buddha wore a tight, fashionable mustache and is widely believed to be among the holiest men who ever walked the earth.

    Jesus, also noted for his godliness, had a mustache (although slightly sullied by the addition of his beard, but I think Jesus is allowed a break). Although some historians and theologians have interpreted the Greek translation of Jesus' Aramaic comment to his mother at the Wedding at Canaan, "Mother it is not my time yet," to the more literal, "Mother, my mustache has not fully grown." Holiness and mustaches, it seems, are inseparable.

    The Middle Ages were replete with mustaches. Charlamagne championed them. His great victory over the Moors celebrated in the "Song of Roland" was widely believed to be a battle over whose mustache style would prevail in Europe. Charlamagne's supporters preferred the more free-form style, while the Muslim-inspired mustaches of the Moors were highly stylized and beyond the European barbers' capabilities of the time. This caused the Moors to lobby Charlamagne to "fight to the death to defend our freedom of lips."The pope (who preferred a shaggy handlebar mustache) later crowned Charlamagne the first Holy Roman Emperor as a result.

    The French have never made up their minds about mustaches. They're in. They're out. Clemenceau sported one, as did Louis XIV, but Henry V did not. Proust had one, but Sartre and Camus eschewed them. The British were likewise of two minds on the matter.

    The most famous mustache in English history is the one Winston Churchill could not grow. This fact made him a manic depressive, turned him into a drunk, and probably derailed him from his rightful place in history as a well-known ship's captain in His Majesty's Navy.

    The Germans took mustaches to extremes. Hitler and Himmler wore mustaches that tried not to be mustaches. But they knew if they were to hold sway over the mustache-crazy Aryans, they had to grow something. Hence, those pissy little bits of hair above their lips.

    Now Bismarck had a mustache.In the United States, mustaches have been prevalent in politics and history throughout. Lincoln grew a mustache while he wrote the Gettysburg Address and General Grant had one as he kicked Confederate butt at Vicksburg. In fact, anything in American history with "burg" in it usually involved a mustache.

    Modern times are probably the apex for mustaches. All styles and lengths are embraced. It is a time of mustache freedom. But we need to beware. To be vigilant. To defend the mustache to the death.

  • hanter
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Dictator Mustaches

  • 1 decade ago

    Mustaches have no purpose and are in some sense, an act of vanity. And to be able to grow a thick dark stache make some men feel dominant.

  • 1 decade ago

    A mustache makes a man look more mature. Therefore, since he is obviously not just a kid, he must have experience and know what he is talking about.

    What a joke, hey? LOL!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't remember exactly how it went down so don't quote me on this


    During Imperial British India the British military serving there were REQUIRED to have moustaches as men without were viewed as unmanly and feeble by the natives. Which is pretty awesome IMHO, even if it doesn't actually answer your question.

  • 1 decade ago

    Mustaches are sexy and manly and are somewhat intimidating. Have you ever watched that episode of Family Guy where Peter grows a mustache? It explains everything. haha.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They had questions about their manhood, which is why they both sprouted facial hair, and became dictators? :) ... besides, mustaches make you look more intimidating. Especially if it's a really crazy lookin one like Hitler's... a man who cares so little for his physical appearance is a force to be reckoned with :) ... anyway, thanks for the fun question for once, the partisan bickering can get old

  • Mustache implies power. the genius is in the mustache

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because their wives told them they had to have a mustache.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Lincoln had no mustache, nor did Mao, Kim or Pol Pot.

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