It's a hairstyle that was popular decades ago until it fizzled out in the nineties. Now the mullet is making a miraculous comeback.
As FOX 2's Charlie LeDuff shows you in this video report, at least one high-profile politician is willing to sport one, too.
The term "mullet" was used frequently by George Kennedy's character Dragline in the 1967 American film Cool Hand Luke. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term mullet was "apparently coined, and certainly popularized, by U.S. hip-hop group the Beastie Boys", who used "mullet" and "mullet head" as epithets in their 1994 song "Mullet Head"., although the term was used as early as 1982 in episode 3 of season 1 of the situation comedy Cheers. In that episode, the character Sam Malone calls a rude New York Yankees fan a "mullet head." The Beastie Boys' fanzine Grand Royal Magazine was the first to use the term in print. In Canada and the northern United States, the hairstyle is sometimes known as "hockey hair" or "hockey player haircut", as it was common among ice hockey players in the 1980s, and this was a popular sport in all three regions during this time period.