* "To all it stands on a razor's edge." (Homer, The Iliad, c. 850 B.C.)

* Facial hair can be as hard as copper wire of the same diameter.

* "I could not endure a husband with a beard on his face." (Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing).

* The older the man, the coarser and tougher the whiskers.

* "Of a thousand shavers, two do not shave so much alike as not to be distinguished." (Samuel Johnson, Boswell's Life, 1777)

* Shaving does not make hair grow faster.

* Egyptian men considered clean-shaven faces a status symbol.

* Alexander the Great allegedly ordered his troops to shave regularly to deny their enemies anything to grasp during hand-to-hand fighting.

* Early American Indians pulled out their whiskers with clam shells.

* Louis XIII of France, who didn't shave (apparently he couldn't grow a beard), ordered his countrymen to stay clean-shaven.

* King Camp Gillette invented in 1895 the first safety razor to be marketed successfully. The original Gillette company sold around 50 razors the first year; 90,000 the next.

* The first electric shaver was manufactured by Schick, Inc., in 1931 under patents obtained by Col. Jacob Schick on a "shaving implement."

* Most modern blades should last for 10 shaves on the average.

* "Within this vale/Of toil and sin/Your head grows bald/But not your chin/Burma Shave" (Allan Odell, the original Burma Shave jingle writer).