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Ocean Boys, I Accept Your Great Darwin Beard Challenge…

For awhile anyway.

As some of you may know, Andrew, the Southern Fried Scientist, and Kevin Zelnio of The Other 95% and Deep Sea News have begun a Darwinian celebratory challenge of manly proportions. Between February 12th (Darwin's 200th birthday) and October 1st (The 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species, according to the first edition cover) they will be evolving from relatively smooth-skinned baby-faced boys to hirsute woolly men in The Great Darwin Beard Challenge.

Now, as a normally bearded man, I would love to say that I'm gonna make it through this thing. However, my local environment will most likely soon be invaded by the new selective pressures of interviews and job talks (not to mention the already constant sexual selection pressures from my wife to maintain no upper lip hair). As such, I will most likely have to represent an extinction event in this Darwinian challenge.  But I will continue for as long as possible.

So with that I give you Day 1:

Say 1 - Smooooth

Day 1 - Freshly shorn and smooth (random: the cat, "Dizzy," has epilepsy - we named him before he became neurologically abnormal)

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  1. Here here my good man! I see Dizzy declined to participate.

  2. Viva la evolucion! Who among us will grow they’re beard in a slow and stately march or progress, and who’s stubble shall progress in what could only be described as punctuated equilibrium?

  3. Oh geez… you boys…

  4. If I were a man, I would totally join you guys. But alas, I cannot participate in The Great Darwin Beard Challenge!

  5. Ha! Good luck man. :)

  6. Wow… though I always thought I was pretty good at peer pressure… this may be the most I’ve ever accomplished by merely making chicken squawk noises (actually, I didn’t even have to make them, I just typed them). Welcome.