Movember has a tendency to take over Toronto these days, there are moustaches sprouting out everywhere at this time. It’s a good thing. It’s supports a cause, it gets people talking about health and it’s a fashion trend that is as obvious as the nose on a person’s face.
My very first encounter with Movember was seeing a highschool put up posters about the Movember fundraiser with students drawing and naming various moustaches. I thought it was a cute and clever idea at the time but it was something that was contained to be the school alone. Each year following, I learned much more about it, the actually huge size in scope and how it became more and more prominent.
Much to my surprise, Movember is in the TED Talks! Here you can learn it’s history, aspects of the Mo campaigns and who Adam Garone is.
Date Filmed: November 2011
Length: 16 minutes, 41 seconds
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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Movember
1. Moustaches have been around since the Neolithic times
People, both men and women, are able to grow facial hair. Obviously this is greatly related to a whole bunch of hormones that are functioning on the inside, but the capability, the possibility, exists. The color, amount, density and length vary from person to person.
As children, we all have fine little hairs that are hardly visible. Aging, hormones, lifespan of hair follicle and a slew of other factors kick in to make us beard or moustache worthy.
When the art of grooming and shaving facial hair to create the moustache itself is a matter of debate, the first known portrait of which was that of ancient Iranian horseman from 300 BC. However, the technology to shave would have existed in the Neolithic times, about 10,000 BC, when stones were sharpened enough to be the equivalent of the razors.
And depending upon which brand of razor you buy and how often you replace it, these stones were possibly far superior. At least in terms of wedging it on top of a spear and using it to hunt for food. (Hunting with shaving razors today provides less productive results)
For more on moustaches: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moustache
Women and facial hair: http://www.ehow.com/video_4990046_women-grow-facial-hair.html
2. You can cheat your way to a winning Movember moustache.
Many have speculated that shaving one’s face causes hair to grow back thicker and faster. This is a falsehood.
Shaving one’s face causes the hair to get a flat cut that will make the hair initially look like it is thicker when growing back out. This illusion will fade however once the hair reaches a more prominent length. Likewise, shaving to produce additional hair follicles, just isn’t a thing.
However, there are CHEMICALS that we can use to cheat our way into a bearded glory.
Rogaine, is an over the counter drug that can be purchased in the form of a foam or tablet. If you purchase the foam, you can apply it wherever you’d like for those days when you want to beard it up or just surprise the hell out of someone on your wedding night.
Side effects may occur, dandruff, burning of the eyes, and possible irritation of your entire face might happen. Yes, you might be in blinding pain, but that moustache is going to be thick and genuine.
Vitamin B7, found in egg yolk (not the white), is also a natural source for stimulating hair growth. Time to train for that moustache the same way Rocky can!
This guy below never dreamed that the following morning he would be waking up with a beard that would make ZZ Top jealous.
Man drinks 50 Raw Eggs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI9B9M8bpdA
A last minute emergency moustache can be found using ‘Hair in a Can’ but I’m too terrified of what might happen if this was accidentally sprayed into someone’s mouth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GeF7A05zQ8
Squidoo beard growing tips: http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-grow-facial-hair-beard-faster
3. You can register yourself for official Movember fundraising at the Movember website: http://ca.movember.com/?home
This is one of those ‘you should have known better’ situations where I had heard about the cause for Movember, seen people ‘do’ Movember, hear people talk about Movember and it never once occurred to me that there was an official website.
Not only is Movember partly growing a moustache in your own time, there are gala events throughout multiple cities across the world where you can show off that hairy caterpillar baby.
And if you’re lucky, you might be attending the event that Garone himself appears at. If you are so lucky, shake the man’s hand and then shake hands with that man’s moustache.
4. Moustaches, whether you want to admit it or not, are back in fashion
Although we don’t have teen vampires sprouting moustaches to seduce their wide eyed innocent victims, moustaches are now part of the day to day.
There was a time when moustaches would only be found on cops or porn stars, but now they include comedians, truckers and various new agencies. Sure, they all might say it ‘started’ with Movember but fact is they love that soup strainer where it is.
Moustache articles from types of can be found: http://www.capetownmagazine.com/news/Types-of-Moustaches-for-Movember/10_22_18814
As focus for Comedy: http://www.cracked.com/blog/a-guide-to-the-modern-moustache/
And even top 10 Moustaches of history: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-mustaches.php
Even a favorite videogame character never once shaved his moustache off: https://www.google.ca/search?q=super+mario&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=sC-xUIpP8LjZBY3TgdgB&ved=0CFsQsAQ&biw=721&bih=580
Celebrate your Movember, and remember it’s a great excuse to not shave.
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