We’ll Try Anything: Caffeinated shaving cream


Put caffeine on your mug, not in it.

Put caffeine on your mug, not in it.









The simple ritual of shaving each morning wastes more than 100 billion gallons of water each year in the U.S. The average man uses up to five gallons of water with every shave. With roughly 78 million adult men in the U.S., that’s 390 million gallons each day or more than 100 billion gallons of water wasted each year – assuming they don’t shave on weekends. That amount could supply every San Francisco resident with water for more than three years.

By filling a mug like this with just 4 oz of water and using it to submerge, tap, and clean the razor between shaving strokes, you can personally save approximately five gallons of water with each shave – or as much as 1,825 gallons every year.

Plus, you get to start every morning with the knowledge that you are making a positive and measurable impact on one of our most valuable resources – before you even put your pants on.

No, that is not shaving cream on the World Cup field!
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What does it take to stop the best soccer players in the world from acting like mischievous sixth-graders? Turns out a simple can of vanishing foam does the trick.

Making its World Cup debut, the special foam, which looks like shaving cream, is being sprayed on the field by referees to prevent any shenanigans when it comes to plays known as free kicks. Most casual soccer fans, as well as fans of David Beckham’s general hotness, know the free kick (“bend it like Beckham”) as the signature of the retired British star, who scored over one wall of defenders after another during his brilliant career.

Technically, a free kick means a team can score without the ball having to touch another player. The defense usually sets up a wall of players to try to block the kick. The vanishing spray enters the game when each team sets up for the kick, which comes on a re-start of play. You can be sure the spray will make an appearance on Monday night when the United States plays its World Cup opener against Ghana, which has beaten the Americans in each of the last two World Cups.

Like a grammar school gym class, every time the referee turns his back, each side tries to bend the rules and give the palms-up, “what are you talking about?” look when it’s obvious they’re messing with the rules. So while the referee is making sure the wall of defensive players trying to block the kick is the rule-mandated 10 yards away from the ball, the player on the other team taking the kick may decide to take some liberties and nudge the ball forward or backward a few precious inches in order to get a better kick.

To combat the cat-and-mouse game, the referee sprays a circle of foam around the ball to mark exactly where it must be kicked from, and then paces off 10 yards and uses the foam to mark the line the defenders can’t cross. The foam then disappears quickly so that it doesn’t become a distraction on the field.

While this is the first time the vanishing spray has made an appearance at a World Cup, it’s not new to high-level soccer. It was first used at the 2011 Copa America tournament and has also been used in U.S.-based Major League Soccer and at various FIFA events. The name of the product is 9:15, which is the 10-yard distance between the ball and the defender wall in meters.

It was developed by Argentina-based journalist Pablo Silva, who went nuts when playing in pick-up games and defenders kept creeping forward to block free kicks, according to the Associated Press. He collaborated with a team of chemists to create the foam. Referees were also given instruction in how to properly use it.

“If you hold it too high, the line is too thin and disappears quickly, and if you hold it too close, it’s too thick. So you have to delicately draw with it,” Silva told the AP. “It’s not harmful to the players, the field or the ozone.”

P&G things Gillette’s new razor is good for business. I’m convinced Gillette doesn’t understand how to actually shave properly. Businessweek

I have honestly tried to understand why the Dyson- err-Flexball – razor will improve the shaving experience and I just don’t get it. I am not trying to shave around my the corner of my sofa or coffee table so turning on a dime is not high on my list of needs. Also, it’s not like you still don’t need to turn your wrist when you change directions while you shave. So why the flexball? If anything, I envision people needing to apply pressure in order to change directions and pivot the ball. Anyone who has ever shaved will tell you the one thing you never want to do is apply pressure when you shave – let the razor do the work!

Lastly, troubled-shavers know that the second most important thing when shaving (after not applying pressure) is to use short strokes and rinse often. It appears that the Flexball encourages longer strokes and more surface area covered with each one. Sure, the Flexball is innovation, but not accretive. Bad news. Bad technique. Bad shave.

How To Prevent Razor Burn | The Art of Manliness

“There’s nothing like a good clean shave to start your day off right. A well-shaved face leaves a good impression with potential clients and lady friends. Unfortunately, legions of men are walking around right now with a nasty side effect of improper shaving: razor burn. We’ve all had it at one time or another- that horrible itchy feeling that pops up a few hours after you shave. Razor burn not only ruins a good shave, it just looks bad. But with the proper attack plan, razor burn and razor bumps can be prevented. Here’s yours:”

If We Have Reached ‘Peak Beard’ It’s Bad News for Men Everywhere |

“Scientists say we are reaching “peak beard.” That’s the point when, according to researchers at the University of South Wales, facial hair becomes so prevalent that clean-shaven men are a comparative rarity and therefore more attractive to the opposite sex…
The eggheads call it “negative frequency-dependent sexual selection.” I call it the worst thing to happen to men in years.”

How and When to Tuck in Your Shirt | The Art of Manliness

The Science of Facial Hair: What Signals Do Beards, Stubble, and Mustaches Send to Others? | The Art of Manliness


March 26, 2014

We’re super excited for the new book, Caffeinated – How our daily habit helps, hurts and hooks us by author Murray Carpenter.

From The NY Times:

“With just enough caffeine in the system, the body’s organs become a little more themselves: the brain a little brainier, the muscles a little springier, the blood vessels a little tighter, the digestion a little more efficient…It takes only about 30 milligrams of caffeine (less than a cup of coffee or can of cola) for stimulative effects to be noticeable.”

Now if only someone would put this stuff in shaving products!

Being a great father is like shaving.
No matter how good you shaved today,
you have to do it again tomorrow.

– Reed Markham, American educator


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