Andy Longtine of Plover grooms his moustache into a handle bar moustache on Oct. 10. Longtine is preparing to compete Nov. 2 in the 2013 World Beard and Mustache Championships in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, which means his facial hair could soon be declared the best on the planet.
The average mustachioed man touches his mustache 760 times every 24 hours. But Andy Longtine is no normal man, and his cookie-duster is anything but average.
As he sits at the kitchen table in his Plover home next to his girlfriend, Rachael Griffiths, discussing the attention his handlebar mustache attracts pretty much everywhere he goes, it seems he's drawn to it as much as other people are.
He twirls the ends. He strokes the section immediately under his nose. He smooths the wings that taper to the diligently coiffed and curlicued ends that stretch more than 15 inches from tip to tip. ...