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Nov 1 / Dave Schumaker

No Shave November – A Geologist’s Favorite Month [Offbeat]

My friend Jeremy, after walking El Camino de Santiago in northern España.

November is here! Which brings us to one of the greatest months ever for being a geologist – No Shave November, also known as Movember. (Thanks to Chris for the helpful reminder on Twitter)

The idea is for a good cause and works the following way: you register with the Movember website and pledge to not shave for the entire month. In return, you have friends pledge donations and such if you can do it. The money raised, goes for a good cause. This year, it goes to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants, known as Mo Bros, then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo (Australian slang for moustache), raising money and awareness along the way for men’s health and the fight against prostate cancer.

Movember culminates at the end of the month at the Gala Partés. These glamorous and groomed events will see Tom Selleck, Hulk Hogan and Borat look-a-likes battle it out for their chance to take home the prestigious Man of Movember title.

While growing a Mo is left to the guys, Mo Sistas (women who support their guys or just love Mo’s!) form an important part of Movember by recruiting Mo Bros, helping to raise funds and attending the highly anticipated Gala Partés.

But it’s not all fun and games, so why the extreme behavior?

Whichever way we look at it, men are far less healthy than women. The average life expectancy for men is many years less than that of women; seven years less for African American men and five years less for Caucasian men.

So fellow geologist, put down those razors! It’s for a good cause. (Unfortunately, my significant other nixed the idea with a curt and forceful, “NO.” D’oh!)

And what about our fellow female geologists? Fear not ladies, you really can take part too!

Source: Unknown.


Happy Movember!

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