Frankly, I'm getting a little sick of seeing beards everywhere. But then, I'm obviously biased—I've written at length about my inability to grow a beard. Still, I was thrilled to learn today that science is ready to back up my beard-fatigue, according to a story by BBC science reporter James Morgan:
The ebb and flow of men's beard fashions may be guided by Darwinian selection, according to a new study.
The more beards there are, the less attractive they become - giving clean-shaven men a competitive advantage, say scientists in Sydney, Australia.
When "peak beard" frequency is reached, the pendulum swings back toward lesser-bristled chins - a trend we may be witnessing now, the scientists say.
I mean, obviously trends come and go, and facial hair is no different. But it seems like beards have been booming for a long time now, and I could imagine the trend getting crazier before it goes away: I've not seen very many ZZ Tops, wizards, or Grizzly Adamses on the streets of Seattle, for instance.