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That must-ache November 3, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in humor, reminisces-1990s.

From this weird website.

November (the month formally known as November) is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year. At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants known as Mo Bros then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache and along the way raise as much money and awareness about male health issues, in particular prostate cancer as possible. Movember culminates at the end of the month at the gala partés.

Should I take the bait ? After all, I recently told a friend that I don’t know anyone in the world who will look better with a mustache (women included). To get some insight, I looked up as usual this entry from my favorite encyclopedia.

Mustache is a contraction of must and ache; something that most probably hurts. This may be a reference to how a bad mustache hurts the eyes, or how much it may hurt to kiss someone with an uwieldy [sic] mustache, or how much it hurts to get stuff stick in one. The similarity in pronunciation to mistake is no coincidence: many mustaches result from mistakes. In fact, even if someone intentionally wears a mustache it is often considered a mistake.

I have not had a mush for a while. The last time I did was out of sheer paranoia. For an exam to be held in May 2000, I sent in a picture (for the hallticket) shown in Sep 1998. My looks had changed so much in the interim (mostly because I had no mush since mid 1999), that just a month before the exam I began to grow a mush to match my looks of the year before yester-year. I was successful – not in clearning the exam itself but in getting entry to the exam hall without any problems. This rates among the most paranoid I have been knowing that I was being paranoid.

Actually they must have had some evolutionary reasons to hang around so long. I just don’t know. As for my friend, she thought for a while and said -“No, what about Mammoty”. Okay, I leave that to a counterfactual historian.

(HT: Amit Verma.)



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