Bill Longstaff: A mustache to die for

The things that worry religious fundamentalists never fail to amaze and amuse me. For example, Muslim fundamentalists have threatened to kill Malik Afridi because of his mustache. Admittedly, Mr. Afridi’s version of the handlebar is rather extravagant, but considering that the fundamentalists are big on facial hair themselves, you might think they would be more ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The Beard Wars, an Oral History

“Captain Chiggerson, can you hear me? Captain?” “I can hear you! I’m blind not deaf.” “Sorry Captain, but you didn’t seem to be responding,” the historian asked. He was a young man, and was frankly shocked by the Captain’s long … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The Trustworthiness of Beards

Finally, a new advance in the Beard Sciences! Here at the Institute of the Hirsute, we applaud this initiative. This exhaustive study of trustworthiness, vis-a-vis a gentlemen’s hair foliage, will help generations better understand who they’re dealing with. (Click the … Continue reading →