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*If one of the previously clean shaven men in your life is suddenly sporting a beard, chances are he’s joined the “Movember” movement.

Those of us who’ve got it like that grow out our beards each November to show our support for a variety of men’s health causes.

Get it?  “Men” + “November” = Movember.

But over a hundred years ago, men stopped shaving in November for a different reason: to prove they were old enough to vote!  

According to a new book, The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century, men grew their “facial foliage” to prove they were adults and not “beardless boys.”

Read more at EURThisNthat.