The staff here was challenged to participate in Movember (aka, No-Shave November) this month, in hopes of raising money and awareness for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer. Sadly, not everyone got on-board, but since the month is halfway over, we’d like to take a bit of time to showcase the ones who did. Let’s call them, the “Men Who Care.”
The theme of Movember is supposed to be the growing of a mustache, but that idea was quickly vetoed by most of the men in the office. Instead, they opted to grow out their facial hair in No-Shave November fashion. The results have been somewhat mixed, as the lovely Mary Parker noted of her husband, C.I.Agent Solutions’ President Dan Parker. “He looks like a homeless man!” she exclaimed. But her viewpoint is understood; Dan had been clean-shaven most of their marriage, so it must be extra difficult for her to kiss her scruffy-faced husband! He’s not sure if he can make it through the entire month, but we’re all rooting for him.
One of our other participants, Chris Smith, shaved his mustache for the first time in 23 years. Talk about a team player … he said his wife had never seen him without it! It didn’t last long before his started growing in again, though.
Branden Baer, our Operations Director, was immediately enthusiastic about growing out his facial hair this month. Not only is he happy to support the cause, but he also likes to drive his wife crazy.
In honor of our 3 Top “Men Who Care” this Movember, here’s our Top 6 Most Interesting Facts About Mustaches we’d like to share, courtesy of the Movember site:
- Does sporting a mustache make you smarter? Well, we don’t know about that, but we do know that Albert Einstein had one for over 50 years!
- The longest mustache in the world is 14 foot long and belongs to Ram Singh Chauhan of India. He has to regularly apply mustard and coconut oil to the hair to keep it healthy. Talk about high maintenance!
- Play poker much? In a standard deck of playing cards, the King of Hearts is the only king not to have a mustache. Perhaps he’s less distinguished than the Kings of the other three suits?
- There are between 10,000 and 20,000 hairs on a man’s face. On average, a man with a mustache will touch it 760 times per day. Average human hair grows at a rate of 0.014 inches per day (about 5 or 6 inches a year).
- Are you a messy drinker? Does soda always end up dribbling down your chin? Don’t worry if you have a mustache – it’s capable of absorbing 20% of its own weight in liquid. However, you might be concerned about how sticky it ends up!
- Apparently, having a mo isn’t very presidential. Only four Commander-In-Chiefs over the years have worn a mustache, and none since 1909. However, one of them has been memorialized in one of the nation’s most impressive works of art, Mt. Rushmore. Those four Presidents were Chester A. Authur, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, and William H. Taft. Beards are a different story. Between 1861 and 1913, all but two presidents wore either beards or mustaches during their tenure, the most famous being Abraham Lincoln. Since 1913, though, every President has been clean shaven.
Oddly enough, one of our sales managers who wasn’t planning on participating actually has the best mo out of everyone. Of course, Tom Downs always sports one. To him, it’s always Movember!
To find out more about the Movember cause, visit http://us.movember.com/team/1780485.