A lot of men adhered to a liberal facial-hair policy for the month of November, but our Jacob Rutka photographed his aspiring ‘stache for 30 days straight. And now, you can judge for yourself if watching hair sprout is more exciting than watching grass grow.
Well, Movember is over now, and truthfully, I can’t say I’m too upset. I won’t lie, it’s been a nice ride and I will always appreciate the month for letting me grow awkward looking facial-hair without the judgment of my peers (and of course, raising money for and awareness of prostate-cancer research). But enough is enough. I want to be able to eat without getting hair in my mouth, and sleep without having sharp whiskers jab painfully against my face whenever my head rolls over my pillow.
For those looking to take on Movember next year (as I will be), below you’ll find a list of five things I learned from this year’s experiment. For everyone else, there’s this time-lapse video of my 30-day moustache growth condensed to 60 seconds:
1. Movember isn’t just for men: I had a female friend who painstakingly wore a fake moustache throughout course of the month and managed to raise over $500.
2. That said, growing a moustache does make you feel manlier: For some reason I felt the overwhelming urge all month long to eat lots of red meat and consume large quantities of beer. Mind you, this wasn’t any different from my normal monthly cravings.
3. Parents actively try to keep their children away from you: Really, not sure why this could be…
4. But girlfriends love impromptu, grown-on-a-dare, moustaches, right?: Okay, this might not be true, and it’s not hard to see why. I’ll just say this: if stubble is like sandpaper, the ‘stache is like a coarse paintbrush.
5. It’s for a good cause and people do actually want to help: Since starting nearly a decade ago in Australia, Movember has spread to over half a dozen countries, with nearly 1.1 million participants worldwide. Last year, 119,000 Canadians participating in Movember raised $22.3 million for prostate cancer (which affects one in 7 Canadian men). Heck, I even managed to raise $400.