Movember 2011: The 20 Best Moustaches Ever
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"We've got some really great momentum for this year's campaign," says Garone. "I expect this year to be the largest fundraising year yet."
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has become a global movement inspiring more than 1.1 million men to grow a moustache in support of prostate cancer research. Garone developed the idea with his brother and a friend over pints.
Getting involved is simple: guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face. For the rest of the month, the men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember's Mo Bros then seek out sponsorship for their moustache-growing efforts. To date, the Movember campaign has raised $178 million. This money supports national prostate cancer education and research initiatives.
"We've had two major breakthroughs -- in part -- because of our funding. One was mapping the prostate cancer gene. Second was discovering there are 25 different types of prostate cancer." Garone says these discoveries will help doctors diagnose and treat men more effectively. Their next goal is to find a more effective screening test -- the PSA isn't always accurate.
So you think you can grow a moustache? We doubt it'll be better than these 20 moustache-growing phenoms. Story continues below slideshow.
The Parliament Stache
Jack Layton's moustache was his trademark. He rocked it in Parliament long before the other MPs caught onto Movember last year. His stache gained enough popularity to have it's own Twitter account and Facebook page. <br><em>New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton speaking at a press conference in the foyer of the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario, following the fall of the Conservative government in a non-confidence vote. Canadians crowned Jack Layton the official leader of the opposition on May 2, 2011, after his outsized personality and televised charm propelled his left-leaning party to historic gains at the ballot box.</em>
The Retired Athlete Stache
Lanny McDonald's moustache was bushy and bright red when he played for the Calgary Flames. Though greyed, McDonald is still rocking a stache -- proudly -- in retirement. <br><em>Lanny McDonald at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.</em>
The Canadian Stache
You may not recognize this face, but Calgarian Evan Gillespie placed third at the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/05/25/moustache-earns-calgarys-_n_867243.html" target="_hplink">World Beard and Moustache Championships</a>. After growing this moustache for a year, Gillespie headed to Norway and landed in the freestyle competition category with an imperial-themed moustache.
The Playoff Stache
Baby faced "Sid the Kid" definitely doesn't wear a moustache year-round, but his attempts to grow a beard come playoff season have resulted in this teeny stache. <br><em>Sidney Crosby, #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins, during a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on December 20, 2010, at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.</em>
The Heartthrob Stache
We loved Canadian actor Ryan Gosling in Breaker High in the 90s. And we love him even more now that he's grown up to be a major stud in Hollywood. He makes the moustache look good on the red carpet. Moustached or not, we like him either way. <br><em>Actor Ryan Gosling attends the Crazy, Stupid, Love. World Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on July 19, 2011, in New York City.</em>
The Degrassi Stache
Adamo Ruggiero was once the awkward teen Marco Del Rossi on Degrassi: TNG. He wore his moustache proudly in the halls of Degrassi and is still wearing it after his graduation from the television show. <br><em>Adamo Ruggiero poses for a picture at the Television Academy's Diversity Committee's Second Annual LGBT Event at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 11, 2009, in North Hollywood, California.</em>
The Photographer Stache
This American fashion photographer is known for a few of things: his photography, his glasses, his thumbs up pose and his moustache. His moustache gives him a retro hipster vibe. <br><em>Terry Richardson attends the Louis Vuitton Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2012 show during Paris Fashion Week on October 5, 2011, in Paris, France.</em>
The Artist Stache
The Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali had a zany moustache that became an iconic trademark of his personality. <br><em>Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali (1904 -1989) stands beside his painting 'Christ of St John On The Cross' at his studio at Port Lligat on November 17, 1951, near Cadaques, Spain.</em>
The Private Investigator Stache
Tom Selleck has the moustache of all moustaches. Most moustaches aspire to be more like his. There is nothing more to say. <br><em><em>Actor Tom Selleck attends the Blue Bloods Screening at The Paley Center for Media on September 22, 2010, in New York City.</em></em>
The Porn Stache
Ron Jeremy was named one of the 50 top pornographers of all time by Adult Video News. He's often credited with the creation of the term "porn stache" that multiplied the presence of the moustache in the adult film industry. <br><em>Adult actor Ron Jeremy attends the premiere of Guido at the Writers Guild Theatre on June 17, 2011, in Los Angeles, California.</em>
The Winning Stache
Just wow. This German man's beard and moustache helped him take home first prize in the Beards and Moustaches World Championship. Not everyone could pull off or even handle this look. It's a facial hair thing of beauty. <br><em>Overall winner Elmar Weisser reacts after winning first place in the Full Beards Freestyle category at the Beards and Moustaches World Championship 2011 in the northern city of Trondheim, Norway, on May 15, 2011.</em>
The Wrestler Stache
Hulk Hogan has two trademarks: ripping his shirt off and sporting a bleach blonde moustache. Hogan's facial hair is a classic. The wrestler doesn't limit his moustache to his upper lip either -- his hangs down to his chin. <br><em> Legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan visits SiriusXM Studios on October 13, 2011, in New York City. Hogan was promoting the heavyweight championship match Bound for Glory.</em>
The Cartoon Stache
In the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario's moustache reigns supreme. It's won over the heart of Princess Peach and helped him fight villains like Bowser. His moustache has been immortalized in over 200 video games since its debut. <br><em>Photo taken January 25, 2007, shows Japanese video game giant Super Mario standing at a showroom in Tokyo, Japan.</em>
The Genius Stache
Albert Einstein's moustache is probably the smartest in the world. It's bushy and out of control, which is ideal for a man who contemplated theories beyond many human's mental capacity. <br><em>This undated portrait shows German-born Swiss-U.S. physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), author of theory of relativity. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.</em>
The Original Cowboy Stache
It's fun to stay at the YMCA with the original cowboy in the Village People, Randy Jones. His moustache is country perfection. <br> <em>Randy Jones attends the Bidendity Crisis official cast wrap party at Foundation Lounge on February 12, 2011, in New York City.</em>
The Actor Stache
Burt Reynolds has a shot named after him that requires holding your finger to your top lip to represent a moustache. Enough said. He's like the poster child for upper lip hair. The Burt Reynolds: half Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum, Half Butter Ripple Schnapps. <br><em>Burt Reynolds attends the Burt Reynolds Film Tribute at Hollywood Blvd Cinema on April 15, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois.</em>
The Self Help Stache
Self-help is best served with a side of moustache. Dr. Phil is going to get you excited about your life by flashing his salt and pepper stache as he yells some of his words of wisdom at you. <br><em>Dr. Phil McGraw visits Late Show with David Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New Your City on April 26, 2010.</em>
The 90s Rapper Stache
Ja Rule is now the most culturally irrelevant rapper, his dirt stache is equally so. He's like a teenager who went to prison for a while and never got the memo that shaving your dirt stache is the social norm. <br><em>Ja Rule during Ja Rule Visits MTV's TRL -- January 12, 2005 -- at MTV Studios in New York City.</em>
The Treat Stache
Not having facial features because your moustache is so large is simply living a day in the life of the Pringles man. His moustache is the ultimate chip crumb catcher. <br><em>Packages of Pringles potato chips are displayed on a shelf at a market on April 5, 2011, in San Francisco, California.</em>
The Designer Stache
Before he was exiled from the fashion world for his anti-Semitic comments in a Paris bar, John Galliano's moustache was haute couture. It's a stereotypical Parisian artist's moustache with just a dash of captain hook. <br> <em>Fashion Designer John Galliano walks the runway during the Christian Dior Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 show at Paris Fashion Week at Espace Ephemere Tuileries on October 1, 2010, in Paris, France.</em>
Movember isn't just about funding research, though. It's also about raising awareness about prostate cancer: for the month of November, each Mo Bro effectively becomes a walking and talking billboard for men's health. "We did a survey and men who grow a moustache for Movember, on average, have to explain why they're growing theirs to at least two people -- face-to-face -- each day," says Garone. If you think about the many men and women who forward emails to friends and family about the cause, too, you begin to understand how Movember has generated so much "buzz."
"We don't want to be the organization that raises a billion dollars for prostate cancer research. We want to be the organization that effectively cures prostate cancer. We should be able to live in a world where no man dies of prostate cancer," adds Garone.
Want to take part? Visit Movember's website to pledge your allegiance to a month-long moustache. You can also take part in events happening in your city. For example, in Toronto, Over The Rainbow is hosting a Shave-Off Event and if you buy products like Schick, PKG's Know Your Mo or specially-designed cans of Rickards, a certain portion of the proceeds will be donated to Movember.