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Old 23 August 2007, 01:04 AM
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Icon220 590 miles of hair

Comment: I've relayed a "useless fact" found on several websites - on
average people grow 590 miles of hair during their lifetime. My
co-workers don't believe this.

Is this "fact" an urban legend?
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Old 23 August 2007, 01:24 AM
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Here you go, a fun fact;

If all your hairs were placed end to end they would grow 12.7 kilometers or 20 miles a year.
Found at this site HERE
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Old 23 August 2007, 11:18 AM
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Assuming this is referring to hair on the head only:

100,000 hairs growing at 0.15m per year = 15km

Multiplying by 70 years gives 1125km.

So, allowing for variables such as hair loss, it sounds like a reasonable estimate.
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Old 23 August 2007, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Wild Redhead View Post
Here you go, a fun fact;

Found at this site HERE
Thats very interesting. From my calculations, 12.7 kilometers is only 7.89 miles. And 20 miles is 32.19 kilometers. However, 12.7 miles would be 20.44 kilometers, so it might just be a reversal of figures.
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