TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Mustache memories, Matt's inspiration

Nov. 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM ET

Natalie sports a 'stache, Martha Stewart makes sweet treats and Matt shares his inspiration.
Natalie sports a 'stache, Martha Stewart makes sweet treats and Matt shares his inspiration.

1. Matt was 7 years old when Muhammad Ali became the heavyweight champion of the world, but it was what Ali did outside the ring that had a lasting impression on our anchor.

“This is perhaps the most famous man in the world, and he could easily still make it all about himself,’’ Matt said. “And yet, he chooses to live his life in a way that makes it all about others.”

Video: As TODAY’s week-long #InspiredBy series continues, anchor Matt Lauer reveals his inspiration – charismatic heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali – and reports on why, despite his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease, the sports icon is still a champion today.

2. Dr. Oz stopped by to teach Matt – and all of TODAY’s male viewers – a very important lesson: how to do a self-exam for testicular cancer.

Video: Dr. OZ stops by TODAY and teaches Matt Lauer as well as viewers how simple self-examination can be the best weapon against testicular cancer.

3. Charles Keller, a massive fan of the 1960s Batman TV show, helps sick children feel like superheroes.

Watch him play make believe with 4-year-old Ezra, also known as Batman:

Video: Charles Keller of Phoenix, Ariz., is such a huge fan of the 1960s Batman TV show that he has his own Batmobile and replica Batcave. He turned his hobby into an opportunity to help 4-year-old Ezra Spector fulfill his wish to be a superhero for a day.

4. Martha Stewart made decadent desserts this morning, including red velvet cake, chiffon cake with strawberries and cream and margarita cheesecake. Yes, the cheesecake involves booze.

Video: Make your day a cake day with Martha Stewart as she prepares a couple of recipes from her new book on TODAY, including a red velvet cake and a margarita cheesecake.

5. When Throwback Thursday and No-Shave November collide, the mustaches fly. The anchors remembered their favorite pop culture ‘staches, from Tom Selleck to Richard Rountree.

Who sported your favorite?

Video: It’s Throwback Thursday on TODAY as well as on social media, and to mark the occasion, the anchors talk about their favorite celebrity mustaches, like those adorning Tom Selleck and Richard Roundtree.

6. Tune in tomorrow for a puppy party! Yes, that means a lot of puppies – in our studio. Well, if we hit 2 million Twitter followers, that is.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!