March 28, 2008

World Beard and Mustache Championships

If you're looking for a great place to be on May 23, 2009, then book your plane tickets now (while gas is still less than your daily lunch tab) for Anchorage, Alaska and the World Beard and Mustache Championships. This event is so special that it only comes around once every two years. There are different categories, and each nation sends it's own teams (my money says some former Eastern bloc country takes it home every year).

I'm currently beginning to assess my goals for 2009, and joining this team may have to top my list. Even though I don't think I could top Yosemite Sam here (below) for a kickin' handlebar job, I'll bet I could beat any of Team USA out with my scraggly.

How, pray tell, does that go over in conversations with the ladies?

She: "What's with the small rat dying on your face?"
He: "I'm on our country's Beard and Mustache Team. USA! USA!"
She: (Vomits in mouth)

I want to know what comes first for these guys. The desire to grow a beard like that...then to be on the team? Or, does the desire to join the team drive the beard growth? And what kind of encouragement do they get from their loved ones (read: the mothers whose basement they still live in)? I'd also like to point out that none of these cats look like they punch the clock down at the ol' Wachovia Bank, or other respectable establishments. The only one that looks like he holds a decent job is the guy who had to have been on the top of the cut-list for ZZ Top's latest tour (top photo)...because that's the most decent job any of these guys could hope to have. Actually, his name is "Jack Passion" and his bio (you've got to check out their bio's!) says that he is "a magician (really?!? I'm shocked), an artist (2 for 2!) and an avid beardsman." You can't make this stuff up!

It never ceases to amaze me what people choose to be successful at.

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