Here at TBO, we love all things beard related. Especially those who come over from the dark side (being not bearded) when they see the light. Today, we're looking at one in particular. Don Draper himself, Mr. Jon Hamm.
(Ladies, take note: He got even sexier)
Every male who can grow a beard, should. Look what it did for him, just imagine what it can do for you. It's like superpowers, but for being awesome.
So it's the new television season. This is when FOX gets to cancel a show after less than 5 episodes (I'm looking at you, Terra Nova). But for once, SOME channels are doing things right. And by 'doing things right', I mean showing BEARDS!
(Archer: Now with 88% more beard)
Archer debuted last week the the titular character sporting a beard I like to describe as 'awesome as fuck'. Given that beards make everything better, this show is going to stomp faces like no other this season. This is even without mentioning the manliest voice actor ever, Patrick Warburton. That's a whole different boat of awesome. And now, onto Ron fucking Swanson.
(LOOK AT THAT FUCKING BEARD)
This, ladies and gentlemen, is Ron Swanson. This is ONE DAY after he left, avoiding his first ex-wife (Tammy One). He keeps ground chuck in his desk, keeps the most awesome survival kit ever, and is all that is man. If it's red meat, a disregard for government (despite working in it), and whiskey, it's Ron fucking Swanson.
There are many powers that go along with beards. Same with mustaches. They can be a source of authority, means of cowing children and small animals, and as a weapon for fighting bears. There are those, however, who would use this power for evil. And by 'evil', I mean 'incredibly stupid fucking reasons'. Enter the hipster:
This entity is the hipster. They wear $600 jeans with a $2 thrift store t-shirt, and sport facial hair because it's ironic. It's also worth noting that these things have no idea what irony actually is. They also drink Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR). I have no idea why they do this. If I were interested in drinking horse piss, I'd find a horse. These individuals (it took a lot to even admit they were people) are not fit to breed, and should probably be sterilized. They are the epitome of "doing it wrong".
For those of you who don't understand the title, all will become clear in due time (and read a fucking book once in a while). Today's beard is credited as being one of the founders of Western philosophy, as well as inventing a teaching style known as the Socratic Method (law school haunts me, even when I'm not doing actual 'work').
The man is none other than Socrates. He was literally killed for being the smartest motherfucker in Athens (full story here). He decided it would be better to die, as no true philosopher has a fear of death. Even when his followers bribed prison guards so he could escape, he didn't. Instead, he drank hemlock poison and died for his crimes (hence the fake quote for the title, geniuses). And the man gave us one of the best quotes of all time about marriage:
"By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."