|Philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche|
|Actor David Suchet as Hercule Poirot|
Although the classic handlebar is generous and bushy, there are some famous, stylized variations that fit the criteria in shape, if not in density. Fictional detective Hercule Poirot for example, wears a petit, waxy and controlled version of the style, while Salvadore Dali's iconic upper lip hair is a kind of interesting cross between a pencil-thin moustache and a handlebar.
|Artist, Salvador Dali|
To join the handlebar moustache club, potential members must have an "hirsute appendage of the upper lip, with graspable extremities" and no beard. Founded in the UK just after World War II, the club has members all over the world, who are rightfully proud of their hirsute pursuit. There are some real beauties in the club line-up but beware, having a handlebar is not all beer and hairy conversation - the excessive moustache has its hazards, notably an incompatibility with cigarette lighters, soup and candy-floss.
Handlebar Moustache Club