Whimsical Wednesday: No-Shave November

“…the male beard communicates an heroic image of the independent, sturdy, and resourceful pioneer, ready, willing and able to do manly things.” –Beards.org website

Last month the Boston Red Sox, with their wild, garden gnome-style beards, won the World Series. With that hairy image still fresh, this month is apparently “No-shave November”. This online campaign is a unique way to raise cancer awareness and to support the American Cancer Society. The website is here. Even if you aren’t planning on participating, please consider donating.

For my part, I am supporting the cause by growing out my scraggly quasi-beard. I’ll post pics to show my progress, such as it is. I’m experimenting. You can call me beard-curious.


I have often lamented the quality and robustness of my beard. It is patchy, and somehow actually looks less full (less full?) the longer I grow it. It’s like the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle of facial hair. My beard also features three different hair colors: Brownish/blond, red (?), and grey (?????). Sheesh.

Never fear, the internet to the rescue. The Beards.org website is no less than a celebration of the art and science of the beard. If anyone can help my poor beard, it’s them. Here is a taste of what they’ve got going on over there:

One of the articles is actually called Impressions of the male personality as a function of beardedness. For real.

“Not a doubt of it, a man who could grow a good beard and knew how to use it had a great power over his fellow-men, and (though it seems very strange to-day) over the beardless sex.”

Biggerbetterbeards.org puts it this way:

“It’s like having machine guns on your face”.

Oh yeah. I like the sound of that.

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