Now, THAT'S a beard.
When we invited readers to send in photographs of trophy-worthy facial hair, this is definitely what we had in mind. We were envisioning facial hair that flows, facial hair that blows in the wind, facial hair that actually parts and waves -- like that of Buck Frost of Pleasant View.
Sara Frost Green sent us these photos of her dad's "crazy beard."
Wrote the Ogden woman: "When I was little, I was almost petrified of men without beards!"
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Paul Wardleigh of Roy, who teaches at Roy Junior High School, shared the "period" look he adopts for his history class.
"During the Civil War unit, I use the sideburns to help the students connect to Union General Ambrose Burnside," he wrote. "My classes participate in a bracketed tournament about great Americans, and although (he is) not the greatest American, I debate another teacher as General Burnside to get the students excited about their debates and to prove anyone can win."
Burnside's distinctive facial hair (see accompanying historical photo) gave the name to the this "sideburn" style.
They look sort of like handles for the face, don't you think?
Wardleigh calls the look "ridiculous."
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'Fess up, you emitted at least half a snort when you saw this one.
Amy Wilde, of Brigham City, sent in this photo of her husband, Kory Wilde, and daughter Maggie.
The picture was taken when Maggie was 8 months old; she is now 1.
Wrote Amy: "We think they look so much alike!"
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Is Santa waiting for the bus?
LeeRoy Ford, of Harrisville, does a Santa gig during the holidays.
Now we know how Mr. Claus dresses in the off-season.
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Here we have Bryan Wright's before and after pictures, sent in by brother Austin Wright.
Wrote Austin: "He grew his beard out for about five months and this is what it looked like. And then he shaved it all but his mustache and this is what he looked like with it. ... I think at one point he was at a party and some people actually thought he was a bum and came to get some food."
The Wright brothers live in Layton.
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Let's just let Wynn Zundel, of Willard, tell his story:
"In about 1974, I began to grow my beard as I was beginning to get quite involved with the mountain man, black-powder scene. In the world of mountain men, they call me 'Bear's Butt' ..."