Friday, February 25, 2011

Old & Scary

Every so often, when my husband's hair is at a certain length that makes him look like a mad scientist, he gets it cut. He refuses to let me cut it, despite repeated offers -- perhaps because I have no skills or experience with cutting hair -- so he seeks the services of a professional hair-cutter. He typically just stops in at a cheap hair-cutting place near campus.

Recently, he had this conversation with the person cutting his hair:

HC (hair-cutter): Do you want me to trim your eyebrows as well?

Spouse: No.

HC: It will take 10 years off! You'd be surprised!

Spouse: No, I like my eyebrows old and scary.

HC: Oh, you must be a professor.

14 comments:

Alex said...

Either that or he's Mediterranean.

(I'm 25% Italian, so it isn't racist for me to say that.)

Stu said...

My barber asked me that once. I said 'no' with similar reasoning.

Evidently, it was very annoying to my barber who has since stopped asking and instead just trims away.

She was right; it does look better.

Anonymous said...

FSP's spouse: perpetuating the stereotype of the crazy professor since 2010

Anonymous said...

Oh, so THAT'S what I've been doing wrong! I should stop plucking and shaping so that it's more obvious that I'm a professor!!

Joseph said...

Interesting.

My wife calls my eyebrows "professor eyebrows" when they get long and shaggy.

You don't suppose a hiring committee would buy that as a reason to hire me, do you? :)

Anonymous said...

I have inherited one or two rogue / extra long eyebrow hairs from my dad. He was almost phobic about them being trimmed by a barber, and whilst I am not like that I do like them!

As I approach my mid-forties it's the every increasing number of nose hairs that I would be happy to lose......

Doctor Pion said...

Edward Teller is in the Professor's Eyebrows Hall of Fame:

http://www.life.com/image/50658341

Anonymous said...

I don't really understand the hesitancy to trim one's eyebrows... Shaving and cutting hair near and around one's head - but not the eyebrows?

I does look better.

My view is, I don't want someone to notice my eyebrows... Just my science and the content of my lecture / presentation / etc.... If they are noticing my eyebrows, then my eyebrows are taking away from my ability to communicate my science clearly.

LMH said...

My husband and I are both chemists, so it isn't anti-scientist of me to make fun of him for having huge brows. (I have them too, which means I'm a real scientist, but I take measures to control brow size.)

He shaves his head, which makes his eyebrows really pop. IT's a tip for your husband when the professor hair gets too thin.

Ann said...

i got a student eval once that said "its so nice for a change having a physics professor who doesn't have those big scary eyebrows"

Anonymous said...

My middle-aged professor self finds my middle-aged professor husband's professor-eyebrows cute. I think it's a good thing that we are happy being attracted to each other and not concerned that we look the way our students think we should look.

Donna said...

OMG!!! Andy Rooney brows/ scientist brows ... who cares!?!?! Just give in and trim the danged things and you'll look 100 % better! Wonky hair in ears, noses and eyebrows ... be gone! It's not rocket science. It's just odd and yes, obsessive (a tad) to hang onto such eccentricities. A trim DOES look better! Good luck all you hairy eyebrow owners out there!

Worm Pilot said...

Perfect! Anything that can strike a little fear into some undergrads is worth it! ;-)

Amanda said...

I am quite sure that you're not a professor at my university, but this story made me doubt my certainty...

Judging by the other comments here, though, those kinds of eyebrows aren't so unique!