A Peculiar Month
By Daniel Boardner November. Not only is it the second to last month of the year, but it is also the bearer of a mul- titude of strange and quirky games and challenges that serve no practical purpose but maintain a loyal following. One of these challenges is the famous event entitled No-Shave November.
However, this is only one of the challenges this month brings. Some more demanding than others, but all of them share the same fun spirit that we have grown to expect from this festive time of year.
No-Shave November, or Movember (a combina- tion of the words “moustache” and “ November”), as some call it, is an annual event in which partic- ipants, called Mo Bros, refuse to shave for the en- tire month of November. What some people don’t realize, however, is that this event symbolizes more than a man’s desire to look like someone you’d find taking a nap in a dumpster.
No-Shave November is actually an event meant to raise awareness of prostate cancer. During the course of the event, participants are encouraged to donate to the Movember Charity, which can be found at Movember.com. The craze has spread to international levels, encompassing over four conti- nents. It is a surprisingly noble event, that’s mean- ing may not be fully realized by some participants.
Another tradition sprung in the month of No- vember is National Novel Writing Month. First or- ganized in 1999, this particular event hit a peak of 200,000 participants in 2010. The event is entirely web based, hosted on NanoWrimo.org, and anyone can participate.
Despite its name, the event is not closed to U.S. citizens. This event has actually inspired books that went on to be best-sellers including Water for Ele- phants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin