H/T SoftSchools.com.

A look back through the sands of time at razors.

For as long as humans have walked the Earth, they have desired to tame their unwieldy manes. In prehistoric times, early razor forms were created from sharpened shark’s teeth and clamshells to trim back long facial and head hair. As human society developed, so did the razor. By the 4th millennium BC, razors made of gold and copper were being developed and buried in Egyptian tombs. Further ancient developments carried the razor all the way to Rome in the 6th century BC.

Continued development and use of the razor wove its way throughout the following centuries. These advancements allowed for the introduction of the first modern straight razor in Sheffield England during the 18th century. Made from steel, this razor was reluctantly accepted throughout Europe during the next 100 years. With the development of the Sheffield Steel razor, wealthy members of society would have their servants shave them often.

Daily shaving, however, was not common at this time. The introduction of gas masks during World War I was the instigator of the current cultural practice to shave every day. Needing to ensure their gas masks fit securely and snugly required constant grooming of facial hair. This practice continued after the war, and is still practiced by many today.

Until the 1950s, straight razors were the common form of razor used by barbershops and common men. However, an invention by King C. Gillette changed this. He had developed a safety razor that used replaceable blades. Due to an extremely effective marketing campaign, which portrayed the straight razors as ineffective, this new razor design was a huge success.

Today, the modern hand-held razors are based on Gillette’s original design. However, new designs such as the electric razor have been developed to compete with this gold standard. However, as razors have been with humans from the dawn of time, their continued use and advancement will likely continue for many centuries to come.


Man Breaks Into Home With Two Women Inside, And One Of Them Is Armed And Fights Back

H/T Concealed Nation.

Unfortunate for this puck one of his intended victicms refused to he a victim and she shot him.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — A resident of the Kensington neighborhood shot an intruder just before 3 a.m. Sunday in the 3100 block of Arbor Street, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition.

According to police, there were two women inside the house when a man forced his way inside. One of the women had a gun and shot the man in the thigh. The suspect, identified only as a 32-year-old male, as transported to nearby Temple University Hospital, and was listed in critical condition.

Neighbor Robert Gonzalez, speaking with a local media outlet said that he would have acted similarly if it had been his family…and IF he had a gun.  “Because if he was getting into my house, I probably would have done the same thing if I had a gun. I’m just going to do things a lot safer, look out for myself. Make sure whoever comes, get a look, look at his face, see what’s going on. You know, probably scope him.”

Police say the gun the woman used was legally registered, and no charges have been filed.

It’s a good thing that one of the intended victims had a firearm to defend herself and the other occupant against the suspect.  I’m not sure how effective ‘looking at his face, seeing what’s going on, and scoping him’ would have been at stopping the intruder and protecting a family.

Man Shoots Two Armed Robbers, Doesn’t Even Drop His Ice Cream Cone

H/T Concealed Nation.

The man in the video takes on two punks and does not even drop his ice cream cone.

The man with the ice cream is an off duty police officer.

If you’ve got something in your hand when you need to use your firearm for self defense, drop it.

A man was with his son at an ice cream shop, enjoying some ice cream cones at a table. Two men approach and show a gun, and it’s clear that an armed robbery is happening.

The man, who is an off-duty police officer, was ready even before he was certain that a robbery was going to occur. He staged himself nicely, and there’s a lot to learn from this incident in the video below.