The tache may have gone out of fashion with Hitler (aside from certain areas of East London, I'm told) but ultimately men are free to grow or shave their hair as they see fit... But for women, any natural or stylistic variation in hair on any part of the body except the head is markedly absent.
Five employees from AOL and The Huffington Post, including myself, took part in the extreme urban assault course which was set in and around Battersea Power Station. Armed with only our thermal run gear and a GoPro camera we set out to tackle this monster urban assault course.
Most men secretly want to grow a moustache. As much as we may deny it there is a definite attraction in adorning our faces with an expressive, character defining moustache. While beards have retained a certain roguish charm... moustaches on their own have remained resolutely anti-fashion.
November is the month in which men from across the globe will grow a moustache in order to support Movember, a month long event to raise awareness and money for charities associated with prostate cancer and other male cancers.
We all know that behind Movember is a serious message and that the money raised to great causes. But it is also about having fun and celebrating manliness!
"Someone outlawed the moustache?" You say, flabbergasted and spitting coffee into your walrus whiskers like a Boer-war general. Well, yes they did. Let me bring you back to 1366 in Ireland, a country in a state of near-continuous warfare controlled by a slew of regional warlords.
Over 50,000 men between the ages of 15 and 64 die each year in the UK. They're dying too young, many from diseases we should be able to prevent. In the UK, the death rate for men between 15 and 44 years old is nearly double that of women.
I don't much care for summer. It makes me hot (as summer is prone to do), bothered, sweaty, and limits my fashion options to ghastly shorts and T-shirts that tend to be figure-hugging nowadays whether I want them to be or not. Meanwhile, on holidays or even in the parks of London, I am confronted at every turn by figures of youthful nubility, all tight and toned and blemish-free, and given constant opportunity to envy them for their beauty.
Everybody thinks I have this hilarious, exciting life... Hang on a minute... I do! Suicide made sure of that. Long gone are the days when I used to indulge it, sat in a dark room, listening to The Smiths. I forced myself to confront it. I wasn't going to let it get the better of me anymore.
Nobody, not even the clinically obese, should be forced to feel ashamed of their body. If anyone tells us otherwise, the shame must be theirs, not ours.
Being too embarrassed to come forward can be potentially very dangerous, particularly when it comes to sexual health. Public Health England* recently released its latest statistics on STI diagnoses rates, which were widely reported in the media. It illustrated that there is still a widespread problem of people having unsafe sex
The concept of the post-exercise 'anabolic window' has become so engrained in the resistance training community that it is practically dogmatic. It refers to a limited time period where, post resistance training, skeletal muscle is primed for growth as long as a suitable protein source is consumed.
I feel duty bound to highlight that it isn't just women who are expected to subject themselves to bizarre and often dangerous practices in order to look good on the pages of magazines.
Successful men have a mental attitude much like that of a salesman. Whether it's a new project, stocks, a new tech product out in the market, and yes, even a second date. After a successful meeting, these men never assume the other person is interested. Rather, they use mental tricks to guarantee a second meeting with that person.
As I prepare to shave off my Movember moustache, I'm reflecting on the reason why I decided to take part and the importance of fighting cancer globally. Four years ago, in November, I had a cancer operation to take my prostate out.
Richard Herring tried to reclaim the toothbrush moustache by dedicating an entire stand-up show to it in 2009, saying "it was Chaplin's first then Hitler ruined it'. Working by this logic, if you see this moustache on the street it is fair to assume the person sporting is either thought-provokingly funny or abhorrent.