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4161 clicks; posted to Geek » on 24 Jun 2013 at 12:43 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-06-24 11:27:04 AM  
Beards are all the rage here in Hell-Lay right now, so I assumed it was a fad that came and went from the rest of the country five years ago.
 
2013-06-24 11:30:12 AM  
I've had a beard since I was a junior in high school.  I hate shaving.
 
2013-06-24 11:36:19 AM  
I judge a place by how many men with beards there are. I find places with a low beard to non-beard ratio are more likely to be douche-holes.
 
2013-06-24 11:38:32 AM  
I've had a beard for about 5 years now.  This way if I ever need to go on the lamb I can shave it and no one will recognize me.
 
2013-06-24 11:44:52 AM  

James!: I've had a beard for about 5 years now.  This way if I ever need to go on the lamb I can shave it and no one will recognize me.


If you ever need to go on the lamb? What are you? Welsh?
 
2013-06-24 11:54:18 AM  
I just grew a beard this year and admit to loving it. Previously I was clean-shaven because I have a decent jaw and chin, and wanted to boast it. The beard makes my face rounder.

But I'm never going back. If anything, it gives me something to stroke while I'm deep in thought.

One thing about TFA - having a beard doesn't shave (heh) time from your morning routine. Shaving clean is much easier than trimming.

/also, hockey playoffs, which are thankfully soon over and I can trim down
 
2013-06-24 11:58:15 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: James!: I've had a beard for about 5 years now.  This way if I ever need to go on the lamb I can shave it and no one will recognize me.

If you ever need to go on the lamb? What are you? Welsh?


Wouldn't that be going in the lamb?
 
2013-06-24 12:04:43 PM  

James!: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: James!: I've had a beard for about 5 years now.  This way if I ever need to go on the lamb I can shave it and no one will recognize me.

If you ever need to go on the lamb? What are you? Welsh?

Wouldn't that be going in the lamb?


Dibynnu ar ba mor wyrdroedig ydych chi.
 
2013-06-24 12:09:19 PM  
Another thing - the hair on my head and body is nearly black, but when the beard gets full it turns red. Drives me farking crazy. There's a lot of UK in me and that's how it decides to announce itself. Well, that and my discouragingly average penis.

Some guys use Just For Men dye to disguise age; I use it to not look like my body can't make up its mind.
 
2013-06-24 12:13:43 PM  

dickfreckle: Another thing - the hair on my head and body is nearly black, but when the beard gets full it turns red. Drives me farking crazy.


Embrace your inner Viking.
 
2013-06-24 12:21:35 PM  
They're also helpful in identifying what type of bar I've just entered.

Full of skinny guys with beards = hipster bar

Full of fat guys with beards = biker and/or bear bar
 
2013-06-24 12:32:39 PM  
I love beards.

But my husband says when he grows one, it itches and makes his skin really dry.

TFA says otherwise.

Who is right? Is my husband holding out on me?!!
 
2013-06-24 12:43:02 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: I love beards.

But my husband says when he grows one, it itches and makes his skin really dry.

TFA says otherwise.

Who is right? Is my husband holding out on me?!!


It'll itch when it's first coming in. You have to make it through the first few weeks.

As far as dry skin: I don't know. I do tend to get dry skin at the corners of my mouth, but if you're washing your beard with shampoo & conditioner regularly, it should be nice and fluffy.
 
2013-06-24 12:52:54 PM  
Meh. I've had a beard since I was 17. The biggest benefit I've found is that I don' spend much money on razors or shaving cream. Oh, and they do come in handy when the cat gets too excited when playing peek-a-boo.
 
2013-06-24 12:56:44 PM  
I grow a beard from time to time, since I hate shaving. I hate it with a passion. 30 minutes every day, or occasionally twice a day wasted scraping hair off the face. Of course occasionally I have a job that doesn't allow facial hair for some odd reason and my mother doesn't like it when I visit home, but in between those times the beard is awesome. You also have that awesome time early on when you rub those bristles on your wife's body and she hits the roof. Of course then comes the inevitable blunt force trauma in response, but it is will worth it.
 
2013-06-24 01:00:06 PM  

Ed Grubermann: ....Oh, and they do come in handy when the cat gets too excited when playing peek-a-boo.


That has euphemism written all over it.
 
2013-06-24 01:00:33 PM  
Had one for the better part of a decade... Still need to shave every day on the neck and cheeks to keep it clean, and trim it once a week or so, but it is quicker than a full daily shave.  I first grew it because I hated shaving, but grew to love it as it grew.

The wife loves it too, as it is soft and never gives razor burn.
 
2013-06-24 01:01:15 PM  
I grow a beard until it starts bugging me and then I shave it. Rinse, repeat. Sometimes it grows longer than others.

Obligatory though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZB8HRrJ0KM
 
2013-06-24 01:02:16 PM  
Is it me or does the beard picture in the article look suspiciously like Will Wheaton?    Which would be amusing if so since he's not exactly the pinnacle of manliness.

I would never shave.  I look like a 12 year old boy without my facial hair.  Also seem to get the most attention from the opposite sex when it's at about a 3 or 4 on my trimmer settings and that's enough reason to keep it for me...
 
2013-06-24 01:04:06 PM  
Beards are also good a hiding facial scars.  12 years ago I had surgury on my neck that left an ugly scar... after about a month of answering questions on it, I grew the beard.

The wife will not let me shave mine.  I look about 18 years old without it and for some reason she does not want to be looked at as being able to pick up a young buck.... dont quite follow that line of thinking.
 
2013-06-24 01:05:06 PM  
I grew a beard for the first time during this years' NHL playoffs, and when Chicago came back to beat Detroit after being down 3 games to 1, I decided that I wasn't gonna touch it at all until the Blackhawks win it all or go home.

I like the look of the beard, but I (and my girlfriend) really really hope I can shave at about 11pm tonight. :-)
 
2013-06-24 01:09:32 PM  

gretzkyscores: I grew a beard for the first time during this years' NHL playoffs, and when Chicago came back to beat Detroit after being down 3 games to 1, I decided that I wasn't gonna touch it at all until the Blackhawks win it all or go home.

I like the look of the beard, but I (and my girlfriend) really really hope I can shave at about 11pm tonight. :-)


hockey beards are best beards. grew one out for the Carolina Hurricanes win years ago after growing them out for several disappointing playoff series.

Best shave ever.
 
2013-06-24 01:17:47 PM  
My facial hair is taking it's time coming in.  I'm 30 now and It grows well on my neck and under my chin but pretty much stops dead at my jawline, excepting a little bit under the mouth and the sideburns of course.  So if I grow it out I just end up with what I gather is called a neckbeard and I don't get the feeling that those are a good look.  So I either keep it trimmed to stubble if I don't want to shave or shave everything.

I actually wish it would grow more above the jawline even just a bit to cover the acne scarring I have.  No such luck yet.
 
2013-06-24 01:19:42 PM  

dickfreckle: I just grew a beard this year and admit to loving it. Previously I was clean-shaven because I have a decent jaw and chin, and wanted to boast it. The beard makes my face rounder.

But I'm never going back. If anything, it gives me something to stroke while I'm deep in thought.

One thing about TFA - having a beard doesn't shave (heh) time from your morning routine. Shaving clean is much easier than trimming.

/also, hockey playoffs, which are thankfully soon over and I can trim down


True, but who trims every day.

cdn2.holytaco.com

Unless youre this kinda douche. I can hardly call that a beard.
 
2013-06-24 01:20:19 PM  

dickfreckle: Shaving clean is much easier than trimming.


I don't know what you're doing, but you're definitely doing it wrong. Trimming probably takes a quarter of the time as a clean shave would. Not needing to use any shaving gel or after-shave saves a few steps.
 
2013-06-24 01:23:45 PM  
I'm 29. When I have a full beard, I look 25. Without any facial hair, I look 19. Plus I look like Thor when I have a beard
 
2013-06-24 01:37:43 PM  
My wife is 7 years older and feels self-conscious about our age difference.
I shaved my beard once during our 20 years together and I looked like a pup, she said to keep the beard.
 
2013-06-24 01:43:18 PM  
SecretAgentWoman:

Who is right? Is my husband holding out on me?!!

It could be both. The number one reason beards itch is because they are not being kept clean or because the things because used to clean is harsh. If the person suffers from allergies or has sensitive skin the fact that the beard serves as a allergen trap can actually be a very BAD thing, contrary to what the article implies. If I do not wash my beard for several days and start to stroke it I will make myself sneeze from all the trapped allergens being released.

"If you're looking to impress the opposite sex, skip the razor for 10 glorious days in a row; the study found that's the length women find the most attractive."

Snort. That isn't even a beard; it's fuzz. A decent beard is usually a year.

The biggest problem I have with beards is that they make you look so much older. That is cool when you are 25 because it makes you look like a mature 30 year old.But when you are 40 and it starts to get gray it makes you look 65 and ready for the glue factory.
 
2013-06-24 01:46:40 PM  
I've had a moustache and beard more often than not for 30+ years. Wife and kids don't want me to shave it off, but also don't want me to let it grow long. I let it grow out for awhile and they biatched like crazy. Was going to go for the old Jerry Garcia look. Beard has never itched or caused any dry skin problems, but can chafe ladies if you aren't careful.
 
2013-06-24 01:52:48 PM  

homarjr: dickfreckle: Shaving clean is much easier than trimming.

I don't know what you're doing, but you're definitely doing it wrong. Trimming probably takes a quarter of the time as a clean shave would. Not needing to use any shaving gel or after-shave saves a few steps.


My jawline is pretty sharp and I have a scar on my chin, so getting the razor to catch every hair without ripping my face to shreds is nearly impossible. I'm also prone to razor burn as my 5 o'clock shadow doesn't come in until noon the next day. A neat, clean shave, therefore, takes me about 5-10 minutes a day, whereas a nice trim and removal of the neck beard takes 3 minutes every few days.
 
2013-06-24 01:55:44 PM  
Been sticking with the full beard for a few years now, with the exception of movember participation. Love it, and most women prefer it too. I find clean shaven I look quite young, the beard helps me look my age (30) and just all around I find it suits me better. But I'm a Canadian academic who loves the outdoors and has a lumberjack father...
 
2013-06-24 01:58:30 PM  

Cyno01: dickfreckle: I just grew a beard this year and admit to loving it. Previously I was clean-shaven because I have a decent jaw and chin, and wanted to boast it. The beard makes my face rounder.

But I'm never going back. If anything, it gives me something to stroke while I'm deep in thought.

One thing about TFA - having a beard doesn't shave (heh) time from your morning routine. Shaving clean is much easier than trimming.

/also, hockey playoffs, which are thankfully soon over and I can trim down

True, but who trims every day.

[cdn2.holytaco.com image 500x500]

Unless youre this kinda douche. I can hardly call that a beard.


NOT a beard.
 
2013-06-24 02:05:04 PM  
My beard hides my face fat.
 
2013-06-24 02:08:57 PM  
I stopped shaving around halloween. It started uneven so I trimmed it flat around X-mas. I have not trimmed it since.

Now my beard is recognized as EPIC. Unfortunately that's mostly by diminutive males who could never grow such a magnificent beard.

Part of what I save in razors goes into conditioners and napkins.
 
2013-06-24 02:13:46 PM  
www.everywoodyallenmovie.com

Don't shoot!  I'm just the beard!
 
2013-06-24 02:15:27 PM  
I just had to shave my beard off due to having to wear a half mask during construction at a job. Naturally, the proceeding weekend was sunny and hot. I spent the whole time fishing on a boat. Yup, nice tan everywhere except for my face. i look like I just earned my red wings.
 
2013-06-24 02:27:10 PM  
Facial hair is gross.
 
2013-06-24 02:29:22 PM  
I've worn a beard since high school graduation, except for about six weeks. Was interviewing for jobs and decided to shave, didn't have time to grow it back proper before my wedding. So, in all of my wedding pics, I'm clean shaven and look a fool.

/Grew the beard back forthwith after the honeymoon.
 
2013-06-24 02:36:45 PM  
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2013-06-24 02:49:38 PM  
This might be asking for trouble, but you sons of biatches need to post some selfies of these beards you claim to have. :)

(I'll post mine, just not first... f u )
 
2013-06-24 03:00:10 PM  
My hair is brown with that distinguished greying at the temples thing.  My facial hair is mostly white with brown following the mustache line from the corners of the mouth on down.  Yes, I'm "old" by comparison to most of you probably.  I've though of coloring it, but A) Maintenance on that might be an issue and B) don't want to show up at work one day with brown where there was previously white.  Suggestions?
 
2013-06-24 03:06:16 PM  
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2013-06-24 03:08:04 PM  

tuxq: This might be asking for trouble, but you sons of biatches need to post some selfies of these beards you claim to have. :)

(I'll post mine, just not first... f u )


sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net

Here's my most ridiculous selfie from a month ago. All dressed up for racquetball.
 
2013-06-24 03:25:55 PM  

limeyfellow: I grow a beard from time to time, since I hate shaving. I hate it with a passion. 30 minutes every day, or occasionally twice a day wasted scraping hair off the face. Of course occasionally I have a job that doesn't allow facial hair for some odd reason and my mother doesn't like it when I visit home, but in between those times the beard is awesome. You also have that awesome time early on when you rub those bristles on your wife's body and she hits the roof. Of course then comes the inevitable blunt force trauma in response, but it is will worth it.


I've posted this a few times, and yet I think it needs to be repeated.  There is a foture out there waiting to be had for someone who invents a simple cream that can be applied once a day, and prevents hair growth.  I hate shaving too, but shaving in the shower has made it a bit more tolerable for me.
 
2013-06-24 03:45:23 PM  
www.savagechickens.com

Ladies...
 
2013-06-24 03:52:12 PM  
imageshack.us

Been growing a beard for about a month now. It's a handy place to stick my fly fishing lures to let them dry...
 
2013-06-24 04:06:55 PM  

tuxq: This might be asking for trouble, but you sons of biatches need to post some selfies of these beards you claim to have. :)

(I'll post mine, just not first... f u )


www.piccer.nl

 
2013-06-24 04:11:46 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: I love beards.

But my husband says when he grows one, it itches and makes his skin really dry.

TFA says otherwise.

Who is right? Is my husband holding out on me?!!


It just depends. I know a couple of times in the past I would be up at 2AM shaving everything off because I couldn't take it. This last time I was in the shower at 2AM soaking my face in conditioner. Once I got past the itchy stage it's no big deal.
 
2013-06-24 04:28:23 PM  
No love for the taint tickler?
 
2013-06-24 04:39:06 PM  
Likes her beard...
www.seinfeldonline.com
 
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