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Movember by the Numbers: The Strange Statistics of Facial Hair

Details logo Details 10/31/2014 James Oliver Cury
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The purpose of Movember —grow a mustache in November and raise money for prostate and testicular cancer research—is sweet and simple. But it's the numbers behind the movement that make the hair on my neck stand up (sorry, I have no mustache... yet ). Below, witness the staggering strength of facial hair.

Number of men who participated in 2003 : 30

Number of men who participated in 2013: 969,000 

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Money raised in 2004: $43,000 

Money raised in 2013: $125 million 

Total amount raised since launch: $550 million

Most money raised by a single person: Joey Johannson (Canada), $132,596

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Maximum length a Marine 'stache can be: According to Marine Corps Order P1020.34G W , the length of a mustache hair fully extended must not exceed 1/2 inch.

Number of hairs on an average man's face: 10,000 - 20,000

Earliest known reference to a mustache:300 B.C. painting depicting a horseman with a thick black mustache.

World's longest mostache: A 14-foot monster belonging to Ram Singh Chauhan of Rajastan, India, who regularly massages it with mustard and coconut oil to keep it healthy.

Number of times men touch their 'stache daily, on average: 760

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