Win a $50 ThinkGeek Gift Card and Fight Breast Cancer

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Michael, pre-beard and post-beardMichael, pre-beard and post-beard

It's like the hair left my head and went onto my face.

By this point, everyone knows all about Movember. Shave your face, grow a mustache, get pledges for Livestrong and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. This is a good thing!

But there is a similar tradition, as storied and honorable as Movember, but without the big PR campaign and celebrity influence. I refer to How Not To Grow A Beard Month.

In 2007, podcaster Kris Johnson was inspired (and more than a bit shamed) by Evo Terra’s own beard-growing prowess. Seeing as November was also National Novel Writing Month, Johnson combined the two events, and given his own lack of success in hirsutitude, he dubbed it “How Not To Grow A Beard Month.” He posts a photo for each day during his beard-growing journey.

The next year, the site’s web developer, Bob Voegerl, added a feature that allowed would-be beard-growers to collect donations for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Thus Beards4Boobs was born.

So please consider giving a few bucks to the cause. This year, we’re hoping to break $4,000. Right now, we’re at $2,760. More pathetically, I am at $40.

To make this whole thing interesting, I’m slowly revealing the letters and numbers in a $50 ThinkGeek gift code in my remaining beard portraits. You don’t have to donate anything to win — just check out my pictures and figure out the code before anyone else does — but if I somehow break $500 in donations, I will randomly choose someone from the comments here or on the How Not To Grow A Beard Month site and give them a $50 gift code, too. So spread the word!

Sponsor my beard or take your pick from the rogue’s gallery. Either way, please donate! Do it for the boobies!

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