There are few cartoon characters as beloved as old, blind Mr. Magoo. One of his defining features was his perfectly round and bald little head; a feature that was perfectly appropriate considering his pensioner's status.
However, times have changed. Mr. Magoo's heyday was the early 1950's; it was okay for men to be bald, beefy and slack of muscle. If Mr. Magoo (that loveable old codger) was shuffling around today, would he feel compelled to address his baldness? Well, he was practically blind, so probably not. We'll discuss anyway.
Then versus now
Back in the middle of the 20th century, there were three options for the man who was losing his hair: (1) a hat, (2) a toupee or (3) just sucking it up and being bald. While most men did choose the first or third option, enough men selected the second to suggest how potent a discomfort baldness was and even continues to be for many men.
Fortunately, those days are long gone, and there are numerous viable options, such as hair transplant surgery, spray paint for the scalp or Propecia.
Propecia is a medication that facilitates the growth of hair around the crown and hairline. In the clinical trials, more than 90% of subjects reported success in either growing hair or stopping further hair loss. Propecia is ideal for men experiencing mild to moderate hair loss. Two thirds of the men with thinning hair at the crown reported seeing new growth during the 5 year trial period.
Propecia can halt hair loss and even restore hair by inhibiting dihydrotestosterone, which is one of the main causes of male pattern baldness. Dihydrotestosterone shrinks hair follicles in the scalp, causing existing hair to shed and preventing new growth. With regular use of Propecia in the early stages of male pattern baldness, many follicles can actually be coaxed back into productivity
Mr. Magoo and Propecia
Much of Mr. Magoo's life remains a mystery. We do know he never married. Whether or not this was due to his lack of luxurious hair is anyone's guess, but both Fred Flintstone and George Jetson were happily married and had luxurious heads of hair. Just sayin'.
We can only speculate whether or not Mr. Magoo would have been tempted, in his youth, to try Propecia in order to retain his hair, gain a wife and lead a full rich life. It isn't certain if Mr. Magoo ever had hair at any point in his life since, technically, he didn't actually exist.