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June 9, 2015

2011 World Beard And Moustache Championships


The 2011 WBMC starts May 15 in Trondheim, Norway. The contestants are already bristling with excitement (just tickled, really) to compete in 14 different categories this year. With the help of Dave Mead’s iconic 2009 WBMC pictures, let’s look at the categories. I’d go myself but unfortunately they don’t have a category for mediocre goatee that probably should have been shaved off ten years ago.

A beard is the collection of hair that grows on the chin, cheeks and neck, but not the upper lip, of human beings. Usually, only pubescent or adult males are able to grow beards. However, women with hirsutism may develop a beard. When differentiating between upper and lower facial hair, a beard specifically excludes the moustache, which refers to hair above the upper lip and around it.


The Greek word for beard: πώγων (pōgōn) is the root of a number of technical and humorous words relating to beards. For example the study of beards is called “pogonology”, giving rise to “pogonologist” and similar words. Those terms are fairly respectable because the study is non-trivial (in fact challenging) and apart from constituting a specialism in the field of dermatology, research pogonologists commonly are employed by major producers of cosmetic products and equipment.

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