Movember 2 – Know your Mo


So it starts… day 2 in the campaign. The first thing to do is to choose a style… which seems to be the MOst important thing to anyone who is raising money during Movember. With the interweb at my fingertips, I set about looking for the style that would proudly sit on my upper lip for the next 30 days… first stop: GOOGLE and really, Google is all you need – in a few seconds I had: The Natural, The Hungarian, The Dali, The Imperial, The Freestyle, The Fu Manchu, The Handlebar, The Toothbrush (Hitler), The Walrus, The Chopper AND The GG to choose from… last year I went The Chopper (as did about 85% of all men) and I suspect it will be the same this year – so I have decided on The Natural: (from Wikipedia) “Moustache may be styled but without aids. The hairs are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip. No aids are allowed” what-ever THAT means… I am getting back to basics for this one.

Since I was on Wikipedia, I thought I’d have a read-up on the Mo and share some of my findings….
The word “moustache” or “mustache” derives from French moustache, which in turn is derived from the Italian dialectal mustaccio, from Medieval Greek moustakion, which originates from Greek mustax (mustak-), upper lip.
Shaving with stone razors was technologically possible from Neolithic times but the oldest portrait showing a shaved man with a mustache is a Scythian horseman from 300 BC.
In more modern history, moustaches have been worn by military men. The number of nations, regiments and ranks were equalled only by the number of styles and variations. Generally, the younger men and lower ranks wore the smaller and less elaborate moustaches. As a man advanced in rank, his moustache would become thicker and bushier, until he was permitted to wear a full beard.
In Western cultures women generally avoid the growth of facial hair; though many are capable, the majority of these women would use some form of depilation to remove it. However there are some women who choose to embrace this growth, often in the form of thin moustaches. The artist Frida Kahlo famously depicted herself with both a moustache and a unibrow. This tradition is followed by some contemporary women in the arts.
So there you have it… Mo Sistas can also grow Mo’s (although I would suspect it would be hard to convince their men that it was A) A good idea, and B) A good idea.

I will leave you with a quote from Nick Cave, when asked why he now has a Mo… 

“A man without a moustashe is rather like a woman with one” 

You can donate to his moustache by either:

  1. Clicking HERE and donating online using your credit card 
  2. Writing a cheque payable to ‘Movember Donations Account’, referencing his Registration Number 1445786 and mailing it to:

                                              PO Box 12 708
                                              Wellington 6144

Remember, all donations over $10 are tax deductible.

The money raised by Movember is used to raise awareness of men’s health issues and donated to the Cancer Society of New Zealand and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. These two charities will use the money raised to fund research and increase support networks for those affected with prostate cancer and experiencing depression.