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article imageWorld's best whiskers vie for honors

By RobotGod     Sep 2, 2007 in Lifestyle
Beard Team USA nabbed four of the top honors at the World Beard and Mustache Championships. One contestant had a mustache twisted into the shape of London's Tower Bridge; others sported bushy beards that would make Grizzly Adams envious.
Yahoo reports that about 250 shaggy men from around the world competed Saturday in 17 different classes of facial hair at the competition in Brighton, England.
German beard clubs had long dominated the competition, but the Americans made a strong showing this year, winning victories in four categories.
Jack Passion, a 23-year-old from San Francisco, won the "Full Natural Beard" competition with his long flowing orange fuzz.
"I feel fantastic," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "I'm 23 and I have the best beard in the world." He said that part of his success was the outfit he wore, a blue tuxedo and bowler hat, which helped bring out the red in his beard.
"I looked like a groom," he said. "Too bad you never get married when you have a huge beard." Some of the mustache categories are the "Dali", which is slender with long tips, straight or arching upward, as well as the big bushy "Hungarian". Beard categories ranged from the shorter "Verdi" to the rounder "Garibaldi."
Then there are men like the guy with the Tower Bridge growing from his face, who competed in some freestyle categories.
There are some rules. No extensions or hair pins, although you can use wax and hairspray in some cases.
The first World Beard and Mustache Championship was held by beard enthusiasts in 1990 in Germany. The next one will be in 2009 will be take place in Alaska.
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