On Movember

Have you noticed a rash of moustaches sprouting up in the last few weeks, perhaps on some folks who really have no business dealing in moustachery?  Has Whisker Wars really had that much of an effect on our cultural makeup?

The explanation is simple.  In facial hair circles, November is referred to as Movember or No Shave November, a month dedicated to the growth of moustaches and/or facial hair.  Some do it for fun or bragging rights, or for an excuse to buy moustache wax.  Others do it with a cause in mind.  The organization Movember in particular uses the month as a platform to "raise vital awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives."

While Movember 2012 is almost through, you can educate yourself year-round on both moustaches and men's health issues at your local library.  And if you're anything like me, there's always Mocember, Monuary, Mobruary, and so on.

A few mustachioed titles for kids (click on the image to go to catalog):