Sportin’ a ‘stache for a good cause

I am trying to think of one person in my circle of friends who sports a mustache, and I am struggling. You see, to me, the era of the fuzzy lip snake has all but passed. Or so I thought.

In my own little world, today’s acceptable facial hair is the esteemed goatee, the ever rebellious soul patch or the lumberjack beard, which is a traditional look for many men whose favorite teams make a long run into the playoffs (go, Detroit Tigers!)

But wearing a mustache in today’s society, to me, is a red flag. It’s a police officer with no humor, a great candidate for the next Maury Povich Show or someone who should stay far, far away from schools.

Thanks to my friend and Stafford Media Solutions co-worker, Andy Kraft, however, I am thinking of growing a ‘stache. This can only end in utter humiliation, I fear.

However, it’s for a good cause — raising awareness for men’s health, a campaign headed by Movember & Sons (www.movember.com), a site that raises awareness of prostate and testicular cancer initiatives during the month of November.

So, as of Nov. 1, starting with a clean shaven face, my coworkers and I will begin the campaign.

“Dodgeball” White Goodman

“Anchorman” Ron Burgandy

Starting off with a clean shaven face is more of an ordeal than sporting facial hair for some of my coworkers. Andy Kraft, our IT guy, hasn’t fully shaved since 2005, when he was in the police academy. Sports Editor Bruce Bentley hasn’t been “baby face” since about puberty (I might be exaggerating, but not by much). Daily News features writer and Reality Check columnist Mike Taylor said he shaved his beard once three years ago and before that he hadn’t in 30 years. Staff writer Cory Smith has been rocking the goatee look since 2007.

“Pirates of the Caribbean” Captain Jack Sparrow

Each of us is sacrificing our Roman chiseled looks in one way or another for a good cause. We are able to sport goatees or any kind of mustache, as long as there is hair on the upper lip, which just seems hilarious in the sense of awareness for a good cause.

My only question now, though, is do I go for the Anchorman’s Ron Burgandy look, the handlebar look of “Dodgeball” character White Goodman or Pirates of the Caribbean’s Captain Jack’s look?

Whatever it may be, Let’s Mo!

Interesting facts on mustaches:

• The mustache was first discovered in 1492 by German explorer, Frederick Von Stachen. He spied a lone moose wandering in the mountains of Switzerland, sporting some strange hair under its nose. He captured the beast after a lengthy chase and brought it back to Germany to be displayed at the World Fair in 1493. The moose became known as “Stachen’s Moose,” or Moose de Stachen in his native tongue. Incidentally, this is where the name “moustache” came from.
• From 1860 to 1916, the uniform regulations for the British Army required every soldier to have a mustache.
• In 1967, The Beatles gave away cardboard mustaches with their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
• In a deck of cards the king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
• There are between 10,000 and 20,000 hairs on a man’s face.
• Groucho Marx, for many years, wore a fake mustache of greasepaint on stage and film, then grew a real one later in life.
• The owner of the Oakland A’s baseball team paid each of his players $300 to grow a stache in 1971. Not surprisingly, when the A’s met the clean cut Reds in the 1972 World Series, it was dubbed the “Hair versus Square” Series by the media.
• A U.S. Marine’s mustache cannot be longer than half an inch.
• According to the Guinness Book of World Records, in July 1993, Kalyan Ramji Sain of Sundargarth, India, had a mustache that measured 133.4 inches long.

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