In college I was legendary for my shaving blunders, so much so that the Sondheim-inclined in my dorm referred to me as Sweeney Tom (after of course the 1979 hit musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which was itself based on a 1973 play of the same name that had been inspired in turn by a 1956 song, a 1936 film, as well as another play all the way back in 1847, and will be turned again into a movie sometime this year starring Johnny Depp in the title role. The strange history of this urban legend turned fiction turned back into urban legend is a fascinating one!):
Swing your razor wide, Sweeney!
Hold it to the skies!
Freely flows the blood of those who moralize...
Not a pleasant sight. Fortunately Lifehacker has got my back on this one:
If the wads of toilet paper or styptic pencils are just not doing it for ya anymore, you might want to try ChapStick the next time you nick yourself shaving.
Fortunately, I had a reluctant eager helper here in the Lifehacker labs to test out this theory; it does actually work pretty well on the smaller cuts, however, you probably do not want to use the lip balm on the bigger cuts and I would recommend staying away from the flavored stuff; it leaves a weird color on your face. — Wendy Boswell
(Whoa. Two hacktastic posts in a row! What are the odds?)