"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man" - William Shakespeare. There isn't really a finer way to prove your testosterone has taken control over you than growing a fantastic beard. Even Big Will Shakes knew the gravitas it lends its owner. Can you imagine "GORDONS ALIVE?!" from a clean shaven Brian Blessed? Or a "You shall not pass!" from a fresh-faced Gandalf? Blasphemy! Many of us at least toy with the idea of growing a big bushy one around the time of November - or Movember as it's now known. This is part of helping to raise money and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. Although its focus is mainly on the moustache, many use this period of facial hair acceptance to test out their growing power. However, with a great beard, comes a great responsibility. It is far too easy to leave half a meal lingering in your beard, only for a friend to inform you by announcing to the room "Saving it for later are you mate?" It is too easy for the uninitiated to mock, with references like "How's Yoko Ono doing John?" Or "Chewbacca, what do you want for lunch?" It can also make you look a little like a lumberjack, which unless you chop down trees for a living, is not a good thing.
I'm a 26 year old Welsh psychology graduate working in PR & Journalism. I enjoy writing, films, TV, games, sport, philosophy, psychology and mixing them all together. I occupy time and cyberspace on twitter @simcolluk