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Microbiological Laboratory Hazard of Bearded Men

July 1967

Manuel S. Barbeito, Charles T. Mathews, and Larry A. Taylor
Industrial Health and Safety Office, Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland 21701

An investigation was conducted to evaluate the hypothesis that a bearded man subjects his family and friends to risk of infection if his beard is contaminated by infectious microorganisms while he is working in a microbiological laboratory. Bearded and unbearded men were tested with Serratia marcescens and Bacillus subtilis var. niger. Contact aerosol transmission from a contaminated beard on a mannequin to a suitable host was evaluated with both Newcastle disease virus and Clostridium botulinum toxin, type A. The experiments showed that beards retained microorganisms and toxin despite washing with soap and water. Although washing reduced the amount of virus or toxin, a sufficient amount remained to produce disease upon contact with a suitable host.

Whew. Glad we got that covered. To be clear, though, a beard outside a microbiological laboratory only harbors warm, fuzzy awesomeness. So if you get infected with that, well, suck it up. 


Werewolf Syndrom

Vivian Wheeler beard

Vivian Wheeler seems to be one of the more popular bearded women in contemporary times (devout beardists may have seen her photo before). Turns out, she has a son who needed to find out some medical history. 

AOL reports: 

It also informed [Richard Lorenc] that both his mother and his maternal grandmother had hypertrichosis, known as werewolf syndrome. Each had facial hair, even as children. The letter further stated that his mother was born a hermaphrodite, with both male and female reproductive organs.

Wheeler’s facial fuzz had appeared at birth with an inch and a half of light hair covering her cheeks and chin. She says her mother wanted a daughter, and doctors were instructed to remove the male parts.


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Male fish in Mexico sports sexy moustache

male Mexican molly fish moustache

From the BBC

The results were clear: on experiments involving over 100 fish, females consistently preferred males with moustaches.

“The moustache-like structure seems to be a previously unrecognised sexually selected trait in poeciliid fishes,” the researchers write in the journal (Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology).

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James Randi


An old man after my own heart, James Randi speaks in terms any old fool can understand. The wisdom with which he is endowed is bolstered by his beard — after all, you can trust a man with a beard

Randi’s simple Clausian beard is the sort of specimen to which many men aspire but too few ever achieve. It bolsters any of his assertions as an elder, scientist or conjurer. And you thought you had to live a long time, gather empirical data or study the art of illusion. All you needed was a snowy white beard. Brilliant, no? 

Your dead great grandmother tells me this beard is magic. I couldn’t agree more. 

There are between 10,000 & 20,000 hairs on a man’s face.

There are between 10,000 & 20,000 hairs on a mans face.

Grow every one. 

(via Learn Something Every Daythommy)

Bearded Boolean

Bearded Boolean

Mistaking a friend’s interest in “search heuristics” as “hirsute searches”, resulted in a sketch of a Bearded Boolean.

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Submitted by luzbonita

Beards as Indicators of Trustworthiness

Beard Trustworthiness

One way of proving your trustworthiness is by earning it the old-fashioned way. The other way, apparently, is by simply growing a beard.

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Submitted by lagubeko

The Beard-ome : Oscillator

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this.

(via rustbeard, kzelnio)

“To me my beard is like a very best friend that you have; it’s like having a furry friend hide in your face and he’s always with you and never leaves you alone.” —Bernd Wofstädter, typical German

(this post was reblogged from rustbeard)

Robert “Ozzie” Osband

Robert Ozzie Osband beard


Ozzie, the telecommunications hobbyist and self-proclaimed space information nerd, has an excellent beard. Though he’s a bit old to be a space cadet anymore, it’s nice to know there is some initiative to put a good beard in space.

Ozzie’s straightforward approach leaves no room for flare, but maintains a well-suited personality. The beard is long enough to inform the casual observer that Ozzie is an out-of-the-box thinker yet trim and proper enough to say “hey, I’m not an eccentric.” The chiaroscuro of flesh and hair may seem basic here, but he masterfully developed it further over time.

Sometimes simple is just better. Also, he’s wearing a spacesuit, which is awesome.

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John Muir

John Muir beard


According to Wikipedia,

John Muir (April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) was one of the first modern preservationists. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, and wildlife, especially in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, were read by millions and are still popular today. His direct activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States. His writings and philosophy strongly influenced the formation of the modern environmental movement.

The man was a firm believer in preserving the natural environment. Looking at his beard it is easy to see that love of nature manifested in his mane of a beard. Long and shaped to flow over his chin and down his shirt, Muir’s beard avoids complicated poofiness and simply hangs there. John Muir set an example for all nature lovers with a beard that exemplifies, nay, defines the natural state of a man’s face.

Acknowledgement: Thanks to Ian Mierau, author of this review.