I was sent this link by Karen Ramstead: Beards Keep You Young, Healthy and Handsome, Says Science. Well, I have lived a year now with a beard and I can only say that Science has gotten this one right. Let me prove it. I have volunteered for two Iditarods, 2012 (beardless) and 2013 with a, some would say, substantial beard. I sat down with pen and paper and came up with these results:
Number of Facebook friends added after my volunteer stint: Beardless—0, With Beard—40
Number of people asking me when I’m going to leave with my team for the next checkpoint: Beardless—0, With Beard—4
Number of times I was asked to come back and go caribou hunting: Beardless—0, With Beard—2
Number of beers bought for me: Beardless—0, With Beard—4
Number of times a ski plane landed in the middle of Anchorage 50 ft from my hotel room to drop me off: Beardless—0, With Beard—1
May I add that I spent five more days on the trail in 2012 when I did not have a beard.