Some think of November as the dreary autumn month before the onslaught of winter (for those in the northern hemisphere, that is). Where thoughts of Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie, and hot spiced drinks draw near. Some think of November as that month of self induced writing torture, known as NaNoWriMo. However, few know that there is yet another facet of November, for this is the month that many men decide to cultivate a crop of facial hair. In fact, my old electrical engineering professor would begin growing a truly monumental beard about this time of the year only to ruthlessly chop it off in the spring. It would start just under his nose and sprout into a mighty mane rivaling those of the mightiest of African lions. But I digress, the reason why I am drawing your attention to this annual phenomenon is because several groups are putting this follicle farming to good use.
First, the folks participating in HoNoToGroABeMo (or How Not to Grow a Beard Month, for the acronym challenged) are, as the name suggests, attempting to grow beards throughout the entire month of November. Each day they will update the status of their beards. Also, and most importantly, they are collecting donations for the Ann Voegerl Memorial Breast Cancer Research Fund (lovingly referred to as Beards4Boobs). Anyone may sponsor one of the beard farmers in their quest to grow the mightiest of beards. It is a wonderful cause and I highly suggest everyone to sponsor a beard or two. 100% of the donations go directly to the fund. Personally, I know most of the folks participating, and really, they could use all the sponsorship they can get - I mean, just look at their feeble attempts thus far. And those chins, they really need to be covered up. Think of the children. Also, I have it on good authority that the more sponsorships they receive, the more full and lush their manly manes will grow in. Donations are like fertilizer for the beards. It has been scientifically proven by leading scientific labs. Really. It has. More information can be found at the HoNoToGroABeMo website.
Secondly, this is the time of Movember. A (albeit, larger) group dedicated to growing mustaches for the month of November. You may also sponsor any of the mos with proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Personally, I don't know anyone that is participating, but it is still a good cause, nonetheless. You can find out more about Mobember at their website.
Gentlemen, start your facial follicle growths!