You probably couldn’t put your finger on it at first, but a there was something a bit different about a few of your coworkers in the office this morning…
That’s right, they finally shaved that mustache they’d been growing last month for Movember. And to celebrate the bazaaro-world moment of a freshly removed stache, we’re challenging you to figure out which of the following famously mustachioed upper lips have been shorn to nakedness.
And since there are a multitude of different follicular shapes your burgeoning lip tickler might develop into—as well as ones you might be tempted to mold it into—we’ve put together this handy guide on the appropriateness of your soup strainer of choice.
And to mark the monthlong celebration of hirsute upper lips, we took a look back at some of the greatest and—depending on how you feel about soup-strainers—not so great mustaches of all time and asked this question:
We’ve seen a sharp rise in the semiserious celebration of the mustache—from finger tattoos, to the charitable monthlong growing contest known as Movember—and all this time we thought it was a relatively new phenomenon...
Until we stumbled upon this cache of photos from the inaugural meeting of the “Handlebar Club” at London’s Windmill Theatre. In 1947. That’s right, a slapstick crew of mustachioed men began a club dedicated to mustaches (beards strictly disallowed) nearly 70 years ago. They even went so far as to print mustaches on their silk ties (somebody write that idea down). Not to mention, it’s a surprisingly handsome lot of hirsute upper lips—which we’ll assume took longer than a month to grow.
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Maybe it’s because there were five Sundays in October (NFL’s breast cancer awareness month), but it’s hard to remember a time when professional football players weren’t wearing pink.
It’s an important cause. Women should get yearly mammograms. Men should help them do so. We’re totally on board.
It’s just… well, after five weeks of our supposedly fearsome football stars looking (and in some cases playing) like Barbie dolls, we’re thrilled that Movemeber – a month in which mustaches are grown to raise awareness for men’s health issues – is upon us.
Two of these mustaches are perfectly respectable Schwartzman-esque lip coverings, happy to live out Movember with respect for their coworkers and deference to the state.
The third one (that’s him on the left) has turned the corner of the lips and is making a break for the border of the chin, where he will buy a motorcycle and make a living selling opium to tourists. And when the month of mustache ends, he might just decide to stick around.