In an unprecedented facial hair deal, Sacha Baron Cohen, of Borat fame, has made a deal with the artist Banksy:
"The comedian will hand over one of the fuzzy moustaches used whilst filming Borat as Bansky gives a painting of a sleeping Thomas the Tank Engine with graffiti, estimated to be worth more than £100,000.
The pair are reported to be huge fans of each others' work."
From the Fortean Times comes a tale of Occult Moustaches:
"For millennia, mankind has both venerated and feared that iconic facial lip-wand, the moustache (even "tash" chanted backwards sounds ill-fated). Generations of occultists and alchemists alike have striven to harness its raging sexual and supernatural powers. Centuries ago, Dominus Atte Ree, Lord of the Manor and Necromancer, initiated the Ordo Templi Hispidis, thus beginning my ancestral Handlebar of Destiny. But what exactly is this omnipotent force which lies behind the "bewhiskered lodestone"?"
OK, color me clueless, but I had no idea that moustache mugs even existed... Until I read about a famous one in the collection of Church's China.
Church's China, a company that has been retailing up-market Royal commemoratives for 152 years, maintains a small archive of antique Royal Commemoratives dating back to the Victorian age, and one of those pieces is getting some attention:
The King Edward VII Moustache Mug, manufactured in 1901 by Belleek China in Northern Ireland to commemorate the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, is a facial hair accessory celebrity, if that makes any sense.
"Moustache mugs have a special ledge across the top, referred to in Victorian days as a moustache guard. The moustache guard has a semicircle opening against the side of the cup, enabling a gentleman's moustache to remain dry while he sips his tea through the opening. They were very popular in Britain and the U.S through the turn of the century but as the Roaring 20s took hold, moustaches fell out of fashion and, alas, so did the moustache mug."
It seems to me that the market for this type of 'utensil' is currently wide open, just waiting for a moustachioed guy with a passion for tea or coffee. Or maybe even better, a moustache guard for PBR cans for all those hipsters...
Lest anyone believe that there is away around the TSA's new anti-terror screening, Geraldo Rivera is here to set the record straight: even celebrities get their junk touched. Rivera visited Juan Williams on the O'Reilly Factor last night to share his recent flying experience: "they say 'Hi, Geraldo,' and then they proceed to give me the most invasive, insulting, intrusive body pat down." No one is safe.
"I'm offended like I was offended during the drug war when my mustache made me the person who was targeted."
You probably can't avoid hearing about Movember during this month, but just in case you've been under a rock, we're raising money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LiveSTRONG by letting our inner moustache come out.
I've been making both a daily moustache and a daily video about men's health for my Movember campaign, but so far, the donations have been pretty slim. So I thought I'd put it out here for all of you shaving enthusiasts...
Check out my latest videos at Team Soul Patch (also on my Movember page), and if you can help by donating or sharing the videos, please don't hesitate - men's health is an important issue.
Last week, Yankee All-Star Nick Swisher received a ceremonial shave at The Art of Shaving Barber Spa in Beverly Hills to show his support in the fight against cancer this November with "Movember." Swisher will be joining thousands of men participating in the month-long event that encourages men across the world to grow out their mustaches to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues. Swisher will serve as captain for The Art of Shaving team, rallying men across the country to join the fight.