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Mon, 21 Nov ’11

Hirsute of Happiness

November’s follicle follies are for a good cause, so get growing.

Men of the world, it’s November, and you know what that means: losing at fantasy football, showing off your turkey carving skills and putting away your razor. That’s right, it’s Movember and men across the globe are growing magnificent moustaches in order to raise awareness; not for alopecia, but for male cancer-stopping initiatives.

Guys are generally an apathetic bunch when it comes to health issues, and diseases such as prostate and testicular cancers somehow haven’t achieved the same awareness level as breast cancer. Started in Australia in 2003, Movember aims to change all that. By encouraging men everywhere to shy away from shaving for the month, the movement has grown to include over 2 million people worldwide, and has raised over 200 million dollars for organizations like the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong.

Ladies, don’t fret; even though you can’t grow your own cookie duster, you’re still encouraged to get in on the action. Support your bewhiskered brothers with fake ‘staches, ‘stache tattoos, or by letting your armpits go wild. Hey, we never said this would be easy.

Movember culminates in gala parties across the globe. LA’s event takes place on Thursday, December 1st at Avalon. Get tickets here, and fast; they’re expecting around 2,000 people to show up. Then dress up in a costume that complements your luxurious crumb catcher and compete for prizes, including Miss Movember and Man of Movember 2011. Who knows – that new flavor savor may become your new favorite accessory.