Thursday, December 23, 2004

The sequal to the finest made-for-tv movie ever produced. Thanks Susan Avery! Posted by Hello

Thursday, December 16, 2004

This is me one week later. I think that my beard went into overdrive since the contest. It's gotten thicker, longer, and hotter. Um, what kind of library is this?  Posted by Hello

The lengthiest beard! p.s. that lightning strike is electrifying! Posted by Hello

The most style! Posted by Hello

The overall winner! Posted by Hello

Saturday, December 04, 2004

A Testimonial...

Here's a testimonial from a friend about my beard (from a zine he wrote when we met called "SebraKakku" #3:

"We stumbled upon some other lost kids from Southern Illinois who were also looking for what we were looking for. One of these guys in the party [that's me!] caught my eye for two main reasons: He had a very sexy beard, and had this blue t shirt on with a message screened on the front that said "Not gay as in happy, but queer as in fuck you!"

So it looks as though I'm not the only one that thinks my beard looks sexy.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Clear Winner in Sight

I think it's pretty clear by the number of comments my "angry homeless man" look is getting compared to Adam who will be the winner next Tuesday. But just to be sure, I'm going to pull on my beard a little before bed every night to help it grow.

-Angry Homeless Man

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

The angry homeless man look Posted by Hello

The Hasidic look Posted by Hello

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Hirsutism: Most Women's Dermatologic Nightmare (and Nair's Deepest Money-Making Fantasy)

Hirsutism is the medical term for excess hair on a woman in the places only adult men "should" grow hair.

For more information about this delightful disorder, see the photos below as well as:

Female Library School Students Experience Bout of Hirsutism

It looks as though Dave, david and Adam got so carried away with enthusiasm for and competitiveness concerning a seemingly innocuous beard growing contest that they have overproduced the hormones testosterone and androstenedione, making facial hair growth contagious at the Undergraduate Library. Recent photographs prove that three female library school students as well as their mentor, a pre-pubescent monkey who goes by the moniker, "Mr. Peeps," have suddenly and mysteriously developed full-grown beards. Ironically, these women and Mr. Peeps are now winning the Undergraduate Library Beard Growing Contest. Ok guys, who's going to be buying prizes for whom?

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Taryn wins the award for most Amish-ish beard. Posted by Hello

Even Mr. Peeps joined in on the action! Posted by Hello

Is that a beard or a hairy octopus on Karen's face?  Posted by Hello

No competition here! Posted by Hello

I give Dave P a ten for style. Posted by Hello

Since when is Cher Beard Hasidic? Posted by Hello

No, that's not David in the background holding Cher Beard's beard. Posted by Hello

I'm so going to win this contest! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

More Bearded Librarians

This is a picture of my friend Jason. He also recognizes that beards and library and information science are an unbeatable combination.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

I feel so excluded

As a woman, I feel disappointed that I can't get in on the beard growing fun- and yet, I think I would be much more upset if I could. So why is it men can grow beards and women can't. If it's an evolutionary advantage, shouldn't the women have it so we can further the species?

These people think they have the answer...

We are not alone

I am glad that I am beginning to strike fear into Adam. He thought his Jewish heritage would push him into the lead. He forgot that I am from Pennsylvania. What does Pennsylvania have to do with beards? The Amish and Country-Mountain Men. It looks like this competition will come down to religion...

It is also nice to see that we are not alone in our love for beards. There is a Beard Community on the web. Check out their message board:

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Arrrr. Wal-Marrrt -- where prices are always falling... off the plank! Posted by Hello

If pirates ruled the world...

I'm sitting at home doubting that anybody is actually reading this blog. For those of you that are, here's a special treat...

A contest to see who can best depict the world if it was ruled by pirates.

I'm actually getting scared...

The beard-growing contest has only been going on for two weeks, and this morning, Dave walks into the library, and I actually noticed that he has facial hair! His beard might be lighter in color than mine, but damn, it's growing quickly!

I'm hoping that while I'm in the hospital, my body will be so rested that it'll have nothing else better to do than grow facial hair... we'll see!

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Beardedness is a word.

As I was purusing the Oxford English Dictionary this fine autumn's eve, I stumbled upon the word beardedness. According to the OED, "beardedness" refers to a "bearded condition." Here are the first two times it was recorded in the English language:

1888 Times 18 Aug. 9/1 The beardedness of the chief. 1917 W. J. LOCKE Red Planet xii, Their composite paunchiness, beardedness, scragginess,..impressed me unfavourably.

p.s. I'm a dork.

[From David]: I think Adam can feel the pain already. The beard pain.
 Posted by Hello

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Both Sexes Called to Participate in Beard Study

Important ultra-scientific research is being conducted on beards. Whether you're a man or a woman, you can finally make that contribution to society by participating in this official Beard Study:

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Just Say No

Here is a fellow academic that realized that the normal college past times are lame and beards rule:

Dave's beard at the beginning of week 2 (Tuesday, November 9th) Posted by Hello

This is my beard at the end of week 1 (Monday, November 8th) Posted by Hello

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Beard Collection Development

Every library collection should have One Thousand Beards by Alan Peterkin. No collection can be complete without it!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

With the cold front coming in...

Do beards actually keep you warmer?

Beard Accessories

Here is a link to a website that lets you buy various fake beards and mustaches. Some of them are quite dashing (see Caribbean Pirate Set or Devil's Set).


Okay, so the idea of a beard-growing contest isn't a new concept at all...

Apparently August 15th, 2004 was the Sesquicentennial Beard Growing Contest in O'Fallon, IL. [Thanks David.] According to the O'Fallon city website, "Fifty years ago, adventurous O’Fallon men celebrated O’Fallon’s Centennial by sporting beards. They were called the 'Bush Leaguers' and were the talk of the town. " Can we be called the "Bush Haters" or the "Bush No-Voters?"

Anyways, both Dave and David both said that they were dissapointed in how much my beard has not grown in the past two days. I have to say that I agree with them. Usually, my facial hair grows like weeds. This can be a disadvantage at times, because unless you're in the bear culture (which I'm not -- not that I have anything against bears), gay men aren't really into facial hair. Either way, it looks as though both Dave and David just shaved this morning. Losers.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

We're not the only ones...

I woke up this morning hoping that my face would be furry and stylish, but instead, I've just grown stubble. It's all good, though, cause I know that I've got this contest in the bag.

You see, Jewish men have been growing beards for centuries. In fact, it's the law! Considering I'm the only Jewish person in the contest, I'm sure to win.

And just for those who are interested, we're not the first to have a beard-growing contest. Anybody want to join me in Berlin, 2005?