A Day in the Life: Goatees and Beards


As noted earlier [1, 2] I am growing a goatee. Although with no specific purpose I do have a vision of the outcome: one of style, class and comradery.

The web is replete with content on the goatee, including etymology and editorials ; there is even an official web site (goatee.org). Wiki has an interesting discussion on beards in general including this gem summarizing the early Christian view of the beard:

“How womanly it is for one who is a man to comb himself and shave himself with a razor, for the sake of fine effect, and to arrange his hair at the mirror, shave his cheeks, pluck hairs out of them, and smooth them!…For God wished women to be smooth and to rejoice in their locks alone growing spontaneously, as a horse in his mane. But He adorned man like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him as an attribute of manhood, with a hairy chest–a sign of strength and rule.” St. Clement of Alexandria,

In his article, “The History of the Beard” Scott James cites the creation of the beard:

God invented the Beard in 293 BC when he blessed the previously beardless Moses The Inadequate with a stylish goatee that was later imitated by pirates, beatniks and Skeet Ulrich.

There is even a web site on bearded babies.


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