Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 260

Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with a good old fashioned MOVEMBER FFFF – introducing the  Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 260

Question 1

If a patient presents bleeding after pogonotomy, what have they done?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Cut themselves shaving.

Pogonotomia is the art of shaving, from the Greek words; pogon ‘beard’ and témno, ‘to cut’.

In 1772 French barber Jean-Jacques Perret (1730-1784) published a treatise called Pogonotomy, or The Art of Learning to Shave Oneself, a booklet detailing his observations on shaving

For this weeks FFFF we are MOVEMBER themed!

 La pogonotomie, ou L’art d’apprendre à se raser soi-même, Jean-Jacques Perret, 1772

Question 2

According to Guinness World Records, Ram Singh Chauhan has grown the longest moustache, how long is it?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

4.29 m (14 ft).

Ram Singh Chauhan

Question 3

How many times a day does a man with a moustache touch his Bro-mo?

Reveal the funtabulous answer


Thats once every 113 seconds if you don’t sleep, or every 75 seconds if you manage 8 hours a night getting some beauty sleep for the upper lipholstery.

Allan D. Peterkin: One Thousand Mustaches: A Cultural History of the Mo

Question 4

How many years are used shaving during a lifetime? 

Reveal the funtabulous answer

45 days.

This equates to a total of 65,520 minutes and 1,092 hours. The Bluebeards Revenge survey of 1,504 males, aged between 15 and 78, found that men are now taking an average of 5 mins for each shave, with the vast majority (73%) shaving on average 4 times a week.

Question 5

The benefits of the moustache are numerous including the ability to create evil plans but the University of Southern Queensland found another benefit in 2011 by putting beards and moustaches on mannequins. What was it?

Reveal the funtabulous answer

Facial hair might also help protect against skin cancer.

Professor AV Parisi et al found that facial hair may prevent skin cancer by blocking 90 to 95 percent of harmful UV rays on mannequins placed in the midday Australian sun.

Depending on the the quality of that face furniture your UPF factor is anywhere between 2 and 21. So not time to throw out the sunscreen and hat yet.

Parisi AV et al. Dosimetric investigation of the solar erythemal UV radiation protection provided by beards and moustaches. Radiation Protection Dosimetry. 2012;150(3):278-282

…and finally


Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five

Dr Neil Long BMBS FACEM FRCEM FRCPC. Emergency Physician at Kelowna hospital, British Columbia. Loves the misery of alpine climbing and working in austere environments (namely tertiary trauma centres). Supporter of FOAMed, lifelong education and trying to find that elusive peak performance.

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