GMIH-012 Mark Twain

Mark Twain

 

Great Mustaches in History is all about great men in history who also have great mustaches. What if I told you about a person who has one of the most iconic mustaches in all of history? This man is also one of the most influential writers the United States has ever produced. In fact, some have called him “The Father of American Literature.” Could there be any more perfect subject for a podcast about Great Mustaches in History than Mark Twain?

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GMIH-011 Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass GreatMustachesInHistory podcast

 

February is Black History Month in the United States. So, today I am going to talk about Frederick Douglass. He has a cool beard and mustache that looks great with his white hair from later years. But what is extra cool about him is his eyes. They are intense, intelligent, and piercing. On top of having a great mustache he has a great story. All of that makes him perfect for this episode of Great Mustaches in History.

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GMIH-010 Mario from Nintendo

Mario from Nintendo

 

Ask any kid or any adult who has the best mustache in all of the history of video games and there is one clear answer. This Italian plumber who has been saving the Princess Peach in the Mushroom Kingdom is in his fourth decade of bringing fun to kids of all ages.

It might be his important place in the history of video games, it may be that his mustache is iconic, it may be that he is one of popular culture’s most enduring figure; whatever reason you choose, you would have to agree that the Nintendo character Mario is perfect for Great Mustaches in History.

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GMIH-008 Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

 

There is probably no more famous gunfight in the Old West than the Gunfight at the OK Coral. And from that gunfight there is probably no more famous lawman than Wyatt Earp. Top that off with one of the coolest mustaches in the Old West and you have the ingredients for another episode of Great Mustaches in History.

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GMIH-007 Marco Polo

Marco Polo Great Mustaches in History

 

Marco Polo

Have you ever played the game in a swimming pool called Marco Polo? The game has one person keeping their eyes closed and that person yells, “Marco.” Everyone else must answer by yelling, “Polo.”

Did you know that comes from a real explorer? He had a great mustache but even more importantly, he was one of the first to explore China and tell all of the people of Europe about it.

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GMIH-005 Santa Claus

Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Clause podcast by GreatMustachesInHistory.com

 

Santa Claus

You probably already know that Santa Claus has one of the best beards and mustaches in history, but what you may not know is that some people do not believe in Santa Claus.

Virginia O'Hanlon (1889–1971)

Virginia O’Hanlon (1889–1971)

In 1897 there lived a little girl who was eight years old. Her name was Virginia O’Hanlon. She asked her father if Santa Claus was real. Her father said that she should write to the editor of the newspaper.

The New York Sun was one of the most prominent newspapers; not just in New York but in the whole country. Dr. O’Hanlon said, “If you read it in the Sun you know it is true.”

So Virginia wrote to the paper. The editor, Francis Church, replied to her letter in the newspaper. It has since become one of the most famous editorials ever.
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GMIH-004 Genghis Khan

Genghis Kahn Great Mustaches in History

 

Early Life

Genghis Khan grew up on the harsh cold plains of Mongolia. His name as a boy was Temujin, which meant “finest steel”. His father, Yesugai, was the khan (the great chieftain of their tribe). Even though times were rough, Temujin liked his life. He rode horses from a young age and enjoyed hunting with his brothers.

Sent to Another Tribe

When Temujin was only nine years old he was sent to live with the tribe of his future wife, Borte. However, after a few years, Temujin discovered that his father (the Kahn) had been poisoned by some enemy Tartars. He returned to his home tribe to become the khan.

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GMIH-003 Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin

 

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin had a great mustache but was one of the worst and cruelest leaders in history.

Joseph Stalin took over as leader of the Soviet Union after Vladimir Lenin, died in 1924. Stalin ruled up until his own death in 1953. Joseph Stalin was a mean leader who was responsible for the deaths of over 20 million people.

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