Todd and Eric stroll down memory lane, discussing the aesthetic of their childhood homes’ decor, but only after extensive discussions of facial hair and call center contests. Afterwards, they take a sharp turn into discussions of both jigsaw puzzles and organizing image files.
Even through there were several interesting topics discussed, we will focus on one.
Eric ran a contest for his team (and the entire company) back in the mid 2000s. At call-centers, employees tend to pass the time by coloring or doing word searches. Eric took the time to create the most ridiculous contest ever – A Beard Design and Coloring Contest.
The rules were simple.
Voting would take place and awards would be given to different categories.
There were several other categories, but it’s difficult to get that information 15 years later.
Eric managed to keep some of the best designs tucked away in a folder. We have photo evidence of some of the wonderful designs.
We come in hot with a controversial product – The Fanny Pack.
This beard would take great amounts of Blue Dye. To get a deep fanny pack, you may need several months (depending on how well you grow whiskers on your chin). Be sure to shave the jawline so it doesn’t look like pants.
If you have problems growing hair right under your nose, this might not be the best design for you. The door requires several months to grow out the full knob. Most individuals use wax or gel for the handle and pick out the knob.
This is a very popular beard style for locksmiths.
The Turtle Neck is a very easy beard. Some like to just grow a beard and one day shave everything above the Adam’s Apple. Others might say this is cheating, but the official rulebook for Beard Design’s say it’s okay either way.
If you are unsure about designing your own beard style, this is a good one to start with.
The origins of The Hiding Fish are unknown. Some beard historians believe this was directly tied to Finding Nemo but we never received a definite answer from the creator.
This beard takes the use of green hair dye, orange contact lenses, and dreadlocks. This design might take over a year to fully perfect. It is also important that you have a good eyeliner so you can have three fishes on your face.
If you liked the Turtle Neck, take it to the next level. The Bear Trap uses most of your neck hair and most of your chin strap. Be sure to have a nice sharp razor to get the defined points on the trap.
Although the image shows brown hair, this works really well with dark black hair, grey hair, and even your touch of grey.
The Railroad is a complex beard that only the most steady of hands can complete. Many professional beard growers give the advice to try a pencil thin mustache. If you can pull that off, keep the mustache’s going all the way down your face.
Some might argue that the referee should throw a flag on this beard – but the play stands! This beard is actually making great use of dye and not a razor in place.
Grow out the fullest of beards and dye the goal post in yellow. Blondes have it easy and could potentially just buy a box of green. If you want to go with a Practice Field look, keep the sides brown.
The Octopus was a crowd favorite and really came close to winning the Best Overall Beard Style. This design is very difficult and requires you to have really great beard ability. You must be able to grow a full beard on the upper and bottom lip.
You get bonus points if you paint eyes on your tounge.
There really isn’t a reason why you can’t grow this beard. There are probably several individuals rocking this beard style right now – mostly because they were rushed while shaving and missed a few spots.
Be sure to take a real good look at your eyebrows and match the length and width. This should look like a mirror image.
A dangerous, yet bold move is to shave off the actual eyebrows.
The best was saved for last. The inspiration for the Beard Design Contest was likely because of The Priest. It might not be the most difficult to grow (see Turtle Neck) but it is very creative.
You don’t have to be a member of the church to pull off this wonderful design. In fact, all colors work well. Black hair might be the most authentic.
Be careful if you decide on this style. Random strangers might pull you aside and confess some of their darkest secrets. It’s best to practice your reaction before leaving the house.
This episode has been reminiscing since August 26, 2020.