Gentlemen (and no Ladies),
Let’s go hairy!!
The 60s are NOT back but during the month of November , some gents , including myself, will grow a stache to raise the awareness of prostate cancer, an insidious disease that afflicts one in seven males.
Movember (a slang word “Mo” for moustache and “November”) is a worldwide movement in which men, known as Mo Bros, start November clean-shaven and then grow a mustache to bring awareness to prostate and testicular cancer.
The goal is to get family , friends and others to donate money to your Movember cause, which is then donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, LiveStrong and other men’s health research and awareness programs.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in every six men will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, and one in every 36 will die from the disease. Behind lung cancer, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men.
There are around 14 countries participating and you can participate through your region or country website.
It’s rather simple: register online as either an individual or a team, start inviting others to participate and maybe create a team then ask others “SHOW ME THE MONEY” . There are prizes for those who raise the most funds.
Grooming is the key
Initially ,the registered participant must start November 1 clean-shaven. Second, maintain your mustache: Grooming is key.
You don’t want to look ridiculous for an entire month or anything, you can do Mexican, Dali, Imperial, Fu Manchu, Pancho Villa, Handlebar, Pencil, Chevron, Walrus…etc.
Here’s a summary of some moustache styles and you can pick one, one of them is NO longer wearable though (You can get arrested in some countries for it)!!
You can go further and even get a copy of The Moustache Grower’s Guide for $9.95
MO Sistas are in too
Although,some say not necessarily, the gents are the ones who grow the MOs but the women play a role too. Some become team captains ; they recruit the “Bros” , endorse them and encourage them grow moustaches.
Statistics shows that lots of donors , up to 60%, of donors are women so ladies you are TOTALLY IN.
Where donations go
The money is used to fund great research projects around the world to fight prostate cancer and other male diseases.
In USA ,$7.5 million were raised for Movember. Worldwide, $174 million were raised and, according to Movember, this makes the group the largest non-government funder of prostate cancer research in the world.
A geeky Movember
I was just looking around for something to welcome Movember and then came something in mind that SQL server 2008/2008 R2 made possible (2005 doesn’t).
SQL server folks, could you please run the attached query in any 2008/2008 R2 SSMS and see what you get in the “Spatial result” tab? you may need to zoom in a bit to get something like this
Now, can you tell me who’s that famous Stache ??!!
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