Mustache!
March 28, 2005 1:47 PM   Subscribe

Mustache March is a silly little idea/project where every guy at a company grows a mustache during March, they take photos, then at the end of the month a BBQ fundraiser is thrown with proceeds going to a charity. A side benefit is that the month of ridiculous facial hair leads to questions from strangers which leads to awareness of the charity. I only wish I had heard of this in February.
posted by mathowie (30 comments total)

 
month of ridiculous facial hair

What's ridiculous about mustaches? I used to have one back around age 20. Staches just take a special panache to pull off.
posted by jonmc at 1:51 PM on March 28, 2005


M-M-M-M-M-M Moustache
M-M-M-M-M-M Moustache
M-M-M-M-M-M Moustache
One hundred hairs make a man

I tried a handlebar design
My Fu Manchu was real fine
My Ronald Colman made 'em blink
My Pancho Villa made 'em think
But when I trimmed 'em real small
My Jewish friends would never call

-- The Sparks, "Moustache"

Also, that's it, it's a national trend!
posted by Peter H at 1:56 PM on March 28, 2005


how about us women?
posted by etaoin at 2:04 PM on March 28, 2005


One hundred hairs makes a man, etaoin, ;)
posted by Peter H at 2:05 PM on March 28, 2005


Next, we bring back the cape.
posted by caddis at 2:09 PM on March 28, 2005


Can you hear the drums, Fernando?
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:09 PM on March 28, 2005


The Mustache Diaries
posted by shoepal at 2:21 PM on March 28, 2005


every real canadian man grows facial hair
during the hockey playoffs until their team loses..
last year the montreal habs were displaying nice fumanchus..
posted by zenzizi at 2:22 PM on March 28, 2005


I've been growing my asianstache since last March. And nobody has noticed.
posted by Stan Chin at 2:23 PM on March 28, 2005


A mustache is defined as an island of hair that is at least 1cm (root to root) from the nearest body of facial hair. A mustache is an island. Get it? No isthmuses or peninsulas allowed.

I think they used to phrase this by saying that no ironic mustaches were allowed, no eccentric handlebars or waxed curly-cues or 'staches attached to long sideburns, meaning that you couldn't go purposely geeky or funny or anything that might lessen the humiliation factor. It needed to be a standard mustache, the kind you might expect to see on your least favorite, most stereotypically conservative yet macho cop.
posted by Shane at 2:24 PM on March 28, 2005


What happened to the November Beard Club?
posted by thedevildancedlightly at 2:25 PM on March 28, 2005


It appears to be a growing trend <ducks />. I work with these clowns, though I refuse to take part.

No kisses from the gf if my face is furry -- she trumps.


posted by drfu at 2:54 PM on March 28, 2005


Damn -- I was toying with the idea of posting this a few weeks ago, but since I work for said company, I thought it might be a bit too self-linky.

Matt -- Even though you didn't hear about it in February, it's never too late to donate. We're taking donations right up through the Chili party on the 31st.

(Helpful insider info: The MM site was created by MeFi's own danherwig.)
posted by aine42 at 2:56 PM on March 28, 2005


I work there, as well. Since I entered the pre-existing category, I don't have any recent photos up, but my mustache now stretches down my cheek, up to my temples, all the way to the strip I shaved in the back of my head. I'm going on the 1 cm island technicality.
posted by steelbuddha at 3:06 PM on March 28, 2005


I think they used to phrase this by saying that no ironic mustaches were allowed, no eccentric handlebars or waxed curly-cues or 'staches attached to long sideburns, meaning that you couldn't go purposely geeky or funny or anything that might lessen the humiliation factor.

Mine was a completely standard cop-style stache.

I was a kid in the 70's when it seemed like every adult american male was sporting one, so it says "I'm a man," to me, still. and at the time I grew mine I was dating a girl from Flushing, Queens and in the outer boroughs' far reaches the stash still reigns. Screw you naysayers.
posted by jonmc at 3:45 PM on March 28, 2005


Yep, also had a mustache in my late teens, early twenties. Every male member of my extended family did at that time.

Looking at photos now, it looks pretty silly to me.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 3:52 PM on March 28, 2005


You always want what you can't have, even though mustaches (without the full goatee) are a bit silly nowadays, I'd still like to have a decent one. My mustache is a little pathetic, I'm sorry to say. Takes a long time to look respectable, longer than a month, more like two. And there's a kind of bald patch on my philtrum. Actually there's blonde hair there, but it's pretty faint unless you're close up.

Sorry for the whining, just had to vent a bit.
posted by zardoz at 4:39 PM on March 28, 2005


how about us women?

etaoin, I'm fairly certain that some of us women could grow a fairly respectable mustache in a month's time. If anyone cares to donate $1,000,000 to the charity of my choice, I shall endeavor to prove it conclusively.
posted by melissa may at 5:09 PM on March 28, 2005


Jonmc: You wonder, what is ridiculous about moustaches?

Well, in rebuttal, I would like to present The World Beard and Mustache Championships.
posted by Freen at 5:42 PM on March 28, 2005


Freen, I had a perfectly reasonable Thurman Munson/Harry Reems style stash of the first order. Those are freaky "ironic" stashes. Do not sully the art of facial foliage.

I may have to grow it back just to buck trends.
posted by jonmc at 6:12 PM on March 28, 2005


Right on. But some 'stashes are quite ridiculous. Others are quite dignified. I think your comment about panache sums up the difference quite nicely.

But damn, those pictures of the world beard championship, they crack me up every time.
posted by Freen at 6:31 PM on March 28, 2005


For those who missed out, Merkin May is almost upon us!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:36 PM on March 28, 2005


My 'stache is where I keep my, well, stash.

A 'stache is nothing without a nice scruffy beard though (see the many different natalie dee articles and pictures on the subject.)
posted by Suparnova at 7:11 PM on March 28, 2005


My friends were doing this for kicks under the "Ides of Mustache" label, sans-charity.

If only I had made the connection, we could be internet celebs (and, you know, decent human beings).
posted by rfordh at 8:57 PM on March 28, 2005


IRFH, isn't it a little hot for Merkins in May?
posted by shoepal at 9:14 PM on March 28, 2005


"month of ridiculous facial hair"

What's so ridiculous about facial hair?
posted by lowgfr at 4:18 AM on March 29, 2005


They should have done this stunt by, instead, growing out nose hair and toenails.
posted by troutfishing at 4:48 AM on March 29, 2005


This one is still my favorite.
posted by bigbadem at 12:15 PM on March 29, 2005


methinks the moustaches befit the Asian moustache men.

except for that guy on the far right. He might need a paper bag over his head or something.
posted by m39 at 1:41 PM on March 29, 2005


I had a moustache for years, mostly to make me look older. I finally shaved it off when my theatre did a drag ball murder mystery—I was truly lovely—and the resulting younger look was refreshing. There's something in there about women growing moustaches, but I can't figure it out.
posted by ancientgower at 4:13 PM on March 29, 2005


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