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The 7 best moustaches on TED.com

Multitasking is highly overrated, says Paolo Cardini. In today’s talk, given at TEDGlobal 2012, he shares that he fed up with doing multiple things at once and would much prefer to “monotask.” He has created a series of 3D-printed “monotasking” smartphone covers to this end, which ensure that you can only do one thing at a time — to truly listen to the sound of a friend’s voice on the other end of the phone line or to explore the streets of a new town without being tempted to look at a map or check email.

As you might have noticed, Cardini sports quite an impressive moustache. And thus, this is a fitting talk for the final day of November. This month, 23 members of the TED staff have grown out moustaches in honor of Movember, the global non-profit which asks men to let their ‘staches grow wild for 30 days to raise money for men’s health causes.

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The TED staff set out with a goal to raise $10,000 this month. So far, we’ve raised $8,500. And today is the final push.  To get you in the spirit to support the TED Team on Movember.com, after the jump, a look at the best moustaches in TED Talks.

Adam Garone: Healthier men, one moustache at a time
Of course Adam Garone has a killer moustache — this Australian co-founded Movember in the first place. In his talk from TEDxToronto, Garone explains how Movember began as a bet with his brother in a bar, and how it’s grown into a worldwide movement that raised $126 million for prostate cancer research last year.

Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!)
Jared Ficklin’s moustache is sometimes referred to as a “fu manchu.” In this talk from TED2012, Ficklin shares his experiments that make sound visible. Ficklin not only plays music via fire, but shows how a TED Talk would look when charted as stars.

Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world
Paul Stamets is a mycologist—in other words, he studies fungi. In this incredible talk from TED2008, he shares how mushrooms could clean polluted soil and treat smallbox. In total, he shares six ways that mushrooms could help create a better world.

Reggie Watts disorients you in the most entertaining way
Musician and comedian Reggie Watts has an incredible moustache and one of our favorite hair-dos on TED.com. In this mind-bending talk from TED2012, Watts mixes spoken word and song to glorious end.

Rick Smolan tells the story of a girl
Photographer Rick Smolan was sent on assignment to photograph Amerasian children — kids who were fathered by American soldiers stationed in southeast Asia. In this talk, he tells the story of an extraordinary 11-year-old — Hyun-Sook — and she how made it out of a fire and to America.

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!
Well-meaning foreigners have made a habit of heading to countries in the developing world, ready to enact solutions to problems. Only, they don’t really know what the problems are. In this talk from TEDxEQChCh, Sirolli offers a different approach — listening intently and working with local entrepreneurs to enact the ideas they are passionate about.