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A unibrow or facial bush-baby, also medically known as a one giant eyebrow, refers to a "confluence of eyebrows"; i.e. the presence of lush, abundant, unending, unyielding hair between the eyebrows, so that they seem to converge to form one long lush thick band of hair - hence the name uni (or one) and brow (meaning eyebrow). In extreme cases, the hair can be so thick that the unibrow (or bush-baby) can act as a sun shade, deflecting harmfull glare from the eyes of the fortunate few.
The word unibrow is now in the Oxford English Dictionary,. Medical dictionaries, such as Sikon's Medical Dictionary, now contains the words freakish and frightening in conjunction with the definition of unibrow.
edit Beauty culture
In 2010, the United States Census will include a classification category that people may chose to check off indicating if they have a unibrow, or as it is referred to in politically correct circles a monobrow. This will be the first count of the eyebrow challenged in the world.
Among Western women, the region between the brows is often plucked, waxed, shaved, or treated with Electrolysis or other forms of defoliants such as Agent Orange. Unibrow separation is often the only form of eyebrow grooming (a stereotypically feminine behavior) among men, save for Groucho Marx who attempted to make electrical tape eyebrows as an accepted form of personal expression.
However, in some non-Western cultures this facial hair does not have a stigma, and may even be seen as a sign of feminine beauty, as in Russia or in Iran, where connected eyebrows are a sign of virginity and a large dowry of goats.
The term also show up in various high school albums, with many school students vying to see who w0;ill be crowned "Best-Unibrow" for their graduating class.
There have apparently been no serious scientific studies of the unibrow in culture or whether certain are more prone to developing a unibrow or not (or less likely to pluck them or not).
edit Science and superstition
Medically, some disorders, particularly genetic ugliness could be associated with unibrows. However, the vast majority of persons with a unibrow have no such condition, and the connection to beauty is wildly exaggerated in the popular imagination of those ugly people.
Unibrows have been the subject of various misconceptions and superstitions. Victorian criminologists Sir Arthur Godfry identified unibrows as a sign of criminality, however he was executed when he discovered that Queen Victoria herself had a unibrow.
In earlier times they were associated with werewolves - which have hair everywhere.
Angela Lansbury - a spokesperson for the American Association of Unibrow Enabled (AAUE) states: "Beware of windfallen apples and of men whose eyebrows fail to conjoin - they make not the most faithful mates!"
edit Species that have unibrows
Few humans, other than the ones mentioned, have them. Since it is a non-human trait, humans that do have unibrows are often considered to be ugly ugly by fellow humans. The unibrow is a common characteristic of the species Primatus Slavonicus, also known as Slavs or Slavic people or East Europeans, all of whom have unibrows.
edit Ray Mears' Unibrow
Full Article- Ray Mears' Unibrow
By far, the most successful unibrow is Ray Mears'. His monobrow has appeared in films, television, and radio (Wake Up to Wogan). Ray Mears' Unibrow has been named the most influential anatomical feature every year since the awards began. Some of it's quotes are quoted by people. Sometimes. Really, you should hear them.
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