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The Great Darwin Beard Challenge

February 12, 2009
Blog for Darwin!Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. To mark this most auspicious occasion, Kevin Zelnio, of Deep Sea News and The Other 95% fame, as well as my self, have entered into the Great Darwin Beard Challenge. The mission: from today, the birthday of Charles Darwin, until October 1st, the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Origin” we will see who can grow the most Darwin-esque beard. Huge, bold, bushy, Darwin’s beard is a symbol of the man himself. Never trust a man without a beard. But as good scientist, we must begin at an even baseline. And so, for the first time in many years, we have shaved off our beards! Behold with wonder the rarest of breeds, beardless marine biologists!
Andrew - Day 1

Andrew - Day 0

Kevin - Day 1

Kevin - Day 0

21 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2009 12:33 pm

    My heart goes out to the women in both your lives…

  2. February 12, 2009 12:35 pm

    PS: What, whysharksmatter not cool enough to join the challenge?

  3. February 12, 2009 3:06 pm

    Survival of the fittest.

    well if we go by Darwin we must ask the question whether his theory would survive the times when every one is after one single question :
    What was the start??????????????????????????????????????

  4. Allie Wilkinson permalink
    February 12, 2009 3:10 pm

    David…you’re not getting on this goodness? C’mon man, I wanna see you join the challenge! (PS I’m gonna zap you an email later…I have a shark dive question for you)

  5. whysharksmatter permalink*
    February 12, 2009 3:19 pm

    My girlfriend is coming in to visit for Valentine’s day, I’ll start on Sunday. After months it won’t make much of a difference. Glad to know I have fans…

  6. February 12, 2009 6:42 pm

    If I weren’t looking at interviews in the near future, and if my wife didn’t loathe mustaches, I would SO be joining you guys.

    I can’t imagine giving presentations through a beard and a shaved upper lip…

  7. whysharksmatter permalink*
    February 12, 2009 8:55 pm

    I’m sorry, dude… but all I hear is chicken squawking noises.

  8. February 12, 2009 8:58 pm


    You got me…

  9. February 12, 2009 10:32 pm

    never trust a man without a beard…

  10. February 12, 2009 11:14 pm

    although, the odds are, that I will win this great beard challenge on the virtue that Kevin HAS a significant other and I do NOT (geez Christie, you really cut to the quick there).

  11. February 13, 2009 2:39 pm

    Wow, I’ve never seen either of you guys without your facial hair.

    My facial hair isn’t widely distributed enough to to get anywhere close to Darwin’s—all I get is a crappy goatee—so I’m opting out of the Challenge.

  12. February 13, 2009 10:54 pm


    Well, I have to say, it was the first thing I thought of because my significant other, a HUGE steeler fan, “happened” not to shave for a few days before their first playoff game, then decided that it would be unlucky to shave since they won, and went on to go unshaved for about a month until they won the Super Bowl… so all I could think of was “Man, I’d never be able to kiss him if he did this… a month was bad enough!”

  13. May 12, 2009 4:16 pm

    Thanks for the valuable resource


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