“There is nothing more contemptible than a bald man who pretends to have hair.” -Martial
It’s been far too long since I introduced you to a great musical artist you may not have heard of, so let’s get right to that. Kristin Hersch, famed leader of the punk/alternative band Throwing Muses (which she started at the age of 15 or so), has gone on to do some amazing singing/songwriting work. Here’s one of my favorites of hers,
Fritz Sendlhofer, champion of the Garibaldi category,
(All photos from 2011 WBMC credit Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images.)
Karl-Heinze Hille, Imperial Partial Beard champion,
Dusan Lalos, Natural Partial Beard champion,
and Dieter Besuch, Freestyle Partial Beard champion.
And, while having a partial beard perhaps makes me partial to them, I can’t help but marvel at some of the full beards, including Full Beard/Styled Mustache champion Burke Kenny:
3rd place in Full Beard Freestyle, Gerhard Knapp:
2nd place in Full Beard Freestyle, Hans-Peter Weis:
and the most impressive beardsman I know of, Full Beard Freestyle champion, Elmar Weisser, whose Norwegian flag + Moose beard also deservedly won “Best in Show.”
Just… wow! I have a long way to go before I’m competitive with these guys, but in the meantime, I have my hirsute heroes. You can see more of the best beards and the 2011 World Championship results by following the links.
But what about astronomy beards? Well, I have to give credit for greatest transformation to British astronomer John Couch Adams. Famed for almost discovering Neptune, he had one of the worst (and least successful) comb-overs of his day.
But, after finally admitting his baldness to himself and embracing it, he grew a beard. And the results, at least in my opinion, were a vast improvement.
Even as an old man, the beard impresses me. In any case, I hope you’re getting to enjoy whatever it is that amuses you this weekend, and that you have a great one!