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The Great Darwin Beard Challenge – Week 2

February 26, 2009

It’s been two weeks now since we’ve begun this epic journey. Two weeks of stubble and stilted love. But it’ll all be worth it in the end. This one’s for you, Chuck!


Andrew - Day 1andrew-1andrew-2

Kevin (who doesn’t appear to change his shirt very often…)


David 1


Irradiatus (who has come out of hiding)


David 2 (who might be acting as the control in this competition)


~Southern Fried Scientist

32 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2009 10:16 am

    I call BS – Andrew is CLEARLY trimming his! I thought the point was wild, untamed beardedness.

    • February 26, 2009 11:24 am

      nope that’s just how it grows.

      and the challenge is most darwin-esque

  2. February 26, 2009 12:06 pm

    Wow, Andrew. You’re like Joe Dirt – natural redneck facial hair. Minus the chops.
    I’m afraid to see what’s gonna happen with my empty patches – quarter sized patches on either side of my chin where it just barely grows.
    Also, the right side grows faster than the left…

    • February 26, 2009 2:12 pm

      plus my mullet is coming in real nice. I will confess that I shaved off the hair that grows all the way down my neck. The world is not so cruel that it deserves to have that thrust upon it.

    • eheupel permalink
      February 26, 2009 9:20 pm

      He is the true Southern Fried Scientist…
      Moon Pies or Fried Twinkies?

  3. February 26, 2009 3:04 pm

    I miss that mullet. How many haircuts can claim to simultaneously represent “business” and “party”?

  4. February 27, 2009 6:44 am


  5. February 27, 2009 12:28 pm

    who’s going for the younger Darwin, Mutton-chops look. that’s classic.

  6. The Mad LOLScientist, FCD permalink
    February 27, 2009 12:52 pm

    im in ur comments, apr00vin ur furry fases. all of em. men h00minz + beardz = AWSUM! (wimin h00minz + beardz = not so gret, akshuly.)


  7. The Mad LOLScientist, FCD permalink
    February 27, 2009 1:15 pm

    p.s. SFS & Kevin: wearing hol sheep on hed insted ov hat = not so gret eethr. but is teh funneh LOL!


    • February 27, 2009 1:25 pm

      oh man, thanks for the lulz… I has siberian yak fur hat?

  8. February 28, 2009 10:28 pm

    Ok, is it just me, or does Daniel seem to have lipstick on in his Day 1 pic? What’s up with that?

    • March 1, 2009 5:20 pm

      Here’s the funny part – I altered it in photoshop to REDUCE my lipsticky appearance.

      My lips were chapped pretty badly from cold and wind. In the original, I really do look like I have lipstick on…

      That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

      • March 1, 2009 7:30 pm

        I’m sorry but it just HAD to be done. I don’t think your readers would have wanted to see my bright red lips.

        Not yet anyway…

      • March 1, 2009 7:23 pm

        I argue that photoshopping is alteration of data, but seeing as David 2 digitally inserted a top hat and monocle, we’ll let it slide…

    • February 28, 2009 10:33 pm

      I’m sure Daniel will appreciate that.

      • March 1, 2009 5:04 pm

        Well, I didn’t make it look like he had lipstick. It’s not my fault!

  9. WhySharksMatter permalink*
    March 2, 2009 10:44 am

    Update from spring break- not only does the girlfriend like my beard… but so do her parents. Intriguing…

    • March 2, 2009 10:46 am

      You definitely deserve a congrats for that.

      Sp far I’m not feeling the beard love…

    • March 2, 2009 11:09 am

      I can see that. Barry grew a ‘playoff beard’ for 3 weeks, and as much as I hated it (it’s much harder to kiss a guy with a beard), it really looked good on him. If only they weren’t so prickly!

      • March 2, 2009 11:11 am

        They do make beard conditioner, mine smells like coconut…

      • whysharksmatter permalink*
        March 2, 2009 12:46 pm

        I just use my regular shampoo in it. L’oreal Kids Watermelon… it’s no more tears, detangling, smells great, and is $3.50 for 3 weeks supply.

      • March 2, 2009 12:50 pm

        but is your beard fluffy like a coconut kitten?

  10. whysharksmatter permalink*
    March 2, 2009 12:56 pm

    What the hell is a coconut kitten?

    • March 2, 2009 1:04 pm

      The cuddly best friend of a coconut crab.

      • March 2, 2009 2:56 pm

        I thought it was the PETA name for the coconut crab…

      • March 2, 2009 3:00 pm

        …or a delicious new entree to explore in your cooking posts.

  11. March 3, 2009 1:37 pm

    Are you guys ron and fez fans too, or is this completely unique inspiration?


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