My ancestor Samuel Barker Jr. was clearly ahead of his time. With such magnificent whiskers, he would have made a formidable contestant in the freestyle category at the World Beard and Mustache Championships, held this past week in Brighton, England. Check out his competition here, courtesy of the BBC, or images from the previous event covered by National Geographic News.
My previous post on the subject of beards was a big hit with a hirsute subset of the gay community of which I was completely unaware known as "bears": husky large men with lots of body hair and thought to be cuddly. By that standard, Gr-great grandfather Samuel Barker was a hottie, though heterosexual as far as anyone knows.
Whether or not someone of either gender besides my wife thinks I'm attractive, I may have to set aside a couple of years down the road to preen and wax and develop my whiskers to resplendent absurdity. Then I can take on the likes of these fine fellows: