Chile exports a lot of copper. More than half its exports are copper. And just as the gringos always seeks new uses for soybeans and corn, Chile never ceases to invent new uses for copper. The latest is copper combs.
According to the supposedly reputable Santiago newspaper La Tercera, Mining Minister Hernan de Solminihac went yesterday to the lovely 19th-century barbershop Peluquería Francesa and got a haircut that involved the use of a copper comb. Here he is, as shown in the paper:
The copper comb is no joke. There are 7 billion people in the world. If they each went out and bought a copper 50-gram comb made of copper, that would require 350,000 metric tonnes of copper. That’s about 2% of worldwide production.
These combs, fabricated from copper, avoid hair loss, split ends and reduce greasiness, among other benefits…
the minister signalled that the copper comb is characterized by preventing the development of bacteria and infections of the scalp. It also destroys the molds that cause greasiness, dandruff, bad smells and hair loss.
The creator of the initiative, Víctor Escudero, said another important characteristic is that it inhibits split ends that result from the electrostatic discharge in the hair generated by friction in common combs.
They really say that. Your Chilean press, ladies and gentlemen. Hair grease and baldness are from mold. Who knew?