In the early 90's, "Bill Swerski's Superfans" on Saturday Night Live brought Chicago mustaches into American households. This week, Chicago's love for upper lip hair earned it the number one spot on a list of America's most mustache-friendly cities.
The American Mustache Institute has reportedly spent the past two years analyzing 100 American cities on their treatment of mustachioed residents, and on Wednesday they released their list of the ten most mustache-friendly cities in America.
“Chicago is a leader in creating a prime living and working environment for Mustached Americans,” said Dr. Aaron Xavier Perlut, chairman of the American Mustache Institute. “Its vast pool of professional opportunities in first-responder fields and in the fishing industry centered around Lake Michigan, along with the heritage of retired Chicago Bears players who have continued to embrace a Mustached American lifestyle helped to set the Windy City apart.”
Citing a "long-existing pattern of social and professional discrimination against Mustached Americans," AMI wanted to better understand the areas that provide the most opportunities "for people of Mustached American descent."
“It’s important to document these unique enclaves of mustached culture in America,” AMI historian Samuel Glasscock, Jr. said on the Institute's website. “Each city contributes its own unique piece to a rich tapestry of American upper-lip hair.”
Founded in 1965, the American Mustache Institute is a mustache advocacy group based in St. Louis. On October 28, the AMI will bring its 'Stache Bash to Chicago. The event, which will be held at Joe's on Weed St., will raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
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