He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. -Shakespeare
Far be it from me to take advice from Shakespeare, though. I prefer my advice from bluegrass musicians. If you want beards, you can’t do much better than Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Here’s their version (along with Tony Rice) of House of the Rising Sun, which may be the best version of this song I’ve ever heard. By a lot.
You all have a paper to write. It’s an astronomy research paper, and it’s due on November 19th. Whoever writes the best paper — as chosen by me — gets something extra, in addition to an A. You get to choose what facial hair I should grow. And I’ll start over Thanksgiving, and I promise I’ll keep it until the start of the Spring Semester, at least.
Well, November 19th was this past Thursday, and when all is said and done, I’ll have 63 papers to grade. After that, the beard growing starts. What would you choose if you had the option to pick for me?
Of course, this got me thinking that if there’s an idea that’s good enough, I may just run with it. And I may run with it so hard that I could shoot for the World Beard & Moustache Championships. For those of you who don’t know, have a look at this video from the 1991 championships. The show-stopper happens at 0:21.