A Look into the World Beard and Moustache Championships

A few days ago, we presented you with a guide for experimenting with your beard styles. We also put up a strong defense of the sometimes vilified and mocked hipster beard. Since the topic has been opened, we would like to examine a unique world and subculture you may not have heard about until now: the world beard and moustache championships. Yes, you read that right, and yes, it’s just as upbeat and fun as you probably already imagined it to be.

the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Yes, it’s quite hipster-ish (which isn’t a word). This sort of competition falls into a recent hipster beard debate. This debate has split sides down the middle between the beard-praising enthusiasts (as I am) and the beard-bashing whiners. These people decry the beard as a compensation for the loss of masculinity as it once was. I believe that the way men choose to style their beards should be as free as the way women choose to color (or not color) their hair. It should not indicate something about the quality of the person sporting said style. Last but not least, beards look and feel pretty friggen awesome. I think those aesthetics count for something. So, let’s raise a glass to the beard resurgence and the World Beard and Moustache Championships.

The History of the World Beard and Moustache Championships

The only unfortunate consequence of the relatively new hipster beard resurgence is the fact that these World Beard and Moustache Championships don’t really have a rich history. The first time the completion took place was in 2007. It was organized as a convention that reunited some of the world’s largest association and clubs that already were centered on their members’ facial hair. The history of these modern contemporary clubs celebrating beards and moustaches is arguably older than the relative novelty of the competition itself.

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The styles and categories in the World Beard and Moustache Championships should speak for themselves about the historic value of the beard. “Hungarian moustache”, “Musketeer”, “Garibaldi” and “Imperial” are all styles which proudly reflect the rich history of the beard and moustache styles that mankind experimented with. The World Beard and Moustache Championships aren’t quite as new as some may think because the beard is a more contemporary style. Only recently have beards become something exotic enough to spark up a special competition dedicated to them. Not that anyone is complaining about competition, of course.

Who Competes in the World Beard and Moustache Championships

If you’re wondering about where the contestants of these competitions come from, you will be pleased to know that most Western countries have a team of awesomely styled hairy men competing. That includes, of course, the United States. More details about the American team can be found here. If you want to check them out or maybe even manage to get involved in the club, the next public event will take place in Montana at the Red Ants Pants Music Festival in Sulphur Springs. This festival will be held on July 26th 2014.

5 Awesome Dancing Songs for Kids

Since we’re all on vacation more or less, and definitely fun is the main thing on our minds during the summer, let’s take a moment to get enthusiastic about dancing. Having a mini disco in your back yard or your living room is – and I’m firmly convinced of it – one of the greatest and most fun ways to spend your time with friends, which the world has wrongly forgotten about. Besides making a case for the return of the disco or dancing session as a casual source of fun, this post will also bring to your attention 5 great dancing songs for kids, which can be totally used for grown-ups as well.

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Since dancing in such a relaxed and casual manner as inviting a few friends over is obviously more about goofing around than about actually dancing with expert moves and skills, why not also employ some children’s songs in the process? It might be much more fun than you expect, even if you don’t have any young guests around. Sure, hosting a Game of Thrones drinking game is an equally legit source of fun, but maybe giving a chance to a few dancing songs for kids will spark up a refreshing change.

Therefore, without further ado – here goes.

1. Veo veo – Spanish kids’ song

We didn’t plan this article as a top and all the dancing songs for kids presented here are mentioned in a random order, but still, if I had to choose an all-time favorite, this would have to be it. It’s in Spanish and thus makes a nice variation to all the English songs out there, it’s very cheerful and light and you can’t help but giggle each time you listen to it. You can listen to it here.

2. The Hamster Song

If you already feel like bursting into laughter, you have every reason to do so. Originally developed by the Wii franchise, the Hamster Song is one of the most awesome dancing songs for kids ever developed. What’s disarmingly fun about it is the fact that it’s not so much a song, as it is a slightly melodious pile of babbling. Once you get over your initial surprise or sense of ridicule, it can become addictive and turn the whole atmosphere into an overwhelmingly fun place to fool around and jump up and down. You can listen to it here.

3. Lambada

Ok, so this one was never really a song specifically designed for children, but it’s one of the songs which I associate the most with my own childhood. When I was 3 or 4, which was about 25 years ago, I used to dance my socks off on this song, to the delight and general laughter of the grown-ups around me at the time. Interacting with small children now, I noticed how much they like the song as well – it’s so melodious and fun and hummable that it definitely deserves a place in the list of awesome dancing songs for kids. You can find it here.

4. Kaczuszki (or the Duckling Song)

This song is major hit with kids all over Eastern Europe: each country has its own cover of it and kids generally seem to go crazy about it whenever it comes up on shuffle at a mini disco. This one here is the Polish version and it’s one of the best, but if the tune gets you dancing, try listening to its other versions as well. You can listen to it here. P.S: The song sounds impossibly fun even without understanding the lyrics, but to have some major laughs try using Google Translate for the lyrics.

5. Ram Zam Zam

Oh, this last one sounds so funny that if you still have a bit of life left in you, you won’t be able to help dancing on it as soon as it starts! It’s in German, but the lyrics are so goofy and silly that there isn’t really anything to understand about it, so don’t worry about not getting it. You can listen to it here.

Hopefully you’re already convinced of the surprisingly fun potential for grown-ups which dancing songs for kids hold. Charge up your batteries and have all the dancing fun and the chocolate shakes you can muster!

The 2014 Guide to Beard Styles (and the Hipster Beard Debate)

This one is for the guys (and, of course, for all the ladies who appreciate a man with facial hair or are interested in the debate surrounding the recent beard resurgence). If you’re looking for a contemporary guide to various ways of styling your beard, then this one is for you: you’ll have plenty of inspiration for beard styles. The same goes if you’re just curious about what is up with all the beards lately and want a pop culture explanation for the phenomenon. It’s the middle of summer, everyone’s mind is drifting towards vacation and plans and fun; in the midst of this summer-oriented atmosphere, crazy ideas also come to mind about what to do with one’s style during the hot season. For example, check out the monkey tail beard pictured below. Point made.

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Especially for the young and daring, summer equates not just with fun galore, but also with the time to do some temporary style changes which are only really suitable for this time of the year. That may be for various reasons – objective necessities like adapting to the hot weather, or purely vane reasons like the desire to adopt a style which may not be appropriate for formal environments like work or school. The last category of style changes is obviously the best.

The Chart of Beard Styles

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And since hardly anyone ever thinks of the guys when the subject of style for the season comes up, it was about time someone did a beard styles guide. For an almost endless source of inspiration, and also a valuable resource of beard etiquette (it’s important to be aware of the idea your beard transmits to the admirers), enlarge and download the image above. It contains everything you will need to know on the subject, though admittedly more on the classic side. After you familiarize yourself with some of these classic beard styles (or perhaps you already sprout a perfectly normal looking beard by now), it’s time to move on to the pro league.

Your source of inspiration for dramatic changes operated on just one beard should be, from now on, Isaiah Webb, aged 29, also known on the internet as Mr. Incredibeard. Famous on Reddit and Instagram and Tumblr and such, the San Francisco resident adopts various bear styles inspired by the suggestions of his fans and then modeled by his wife.

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If you feel daring and confident enough (and if the length of your facial locks allows it, of course), why not try adopting some of Mr. Incredibeard’s beard styles for a social event planned this summer? You’ll surely blow the mind of all your friends with it. Organize a Game of Thrones drinking game party or something and proudly exhibit the funniest of all the beard styles you browsed. Good luck with the beard modeling and have fun!

The Hipster Beard Debate

All the attention which beard styles and the obvious beard resurgence got lately started to pose some questions regarding the manliness of the whole thing. Since the interest in growing and styling a beard is mainly associated with the hipster movement who gets unnecessary and mean bashes as our own cultural scapegoat within the pop culture food chain, the beard has attracted some bashing of its own lately. For example, this post by Nicki Daniels praises how awesome a beard is, on one hand, but also expressed dissatisfaction on the other hand, for the fact that the once-manly beard has been sported mainly by “hipster” young men who have no idea what to do with the pair of balls nature endowed them with.

The debate, while maybe expressing some real feelings, is in my opinion a bit fake and far-fetched. Facial hair should be just as much a matter of personal taste and creativity just as any other body part; and trying to push men into conforming to expectancies about their gender is just as sexist as giving hell to a woman for not being “feminine” enough. Plus, there are plenty of beard styles which are fiercely masculine and awe-inspiring, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Ever Tried the Game of Thrones Drinking Game? Now’s the Time

The ever popular show has just ended, until next year’s season at least, and we all kind of feel like “Wait, what? But it just started after such a long wait!”. In the crusade of finding the best way to cure the post-season 4 blues while still keeping the flame alive, we found just the thing to do, and hope you will agree with us. Play the Game of Thrones drinking game! We previously talked to you about drinking games in general and it’s true that they have been a fun way to pass the time with friends since the very discovery of alcohol, probably, but for all us Game of Thrones fans out there, it’s time to take the fun to the next level.

Besides, it’s the perfect summer fun – most of us are on vacation, we can gather our friends for an all-season marathon and serve some drinks while we’re at it, of course, right? You can take the initiative to call everyone from the gang over and even assign a drink or cocktail ingredient for each of them to bring. You just take care of organizing things and of planning a fun evening, to make everyone’s stories about the wild college days pale in comparison. And since drinks and the episode marathon go together like the horse and carriage, a thematic Game of Thrones drinking will make both activities even more fun.

General rules for the Game of Thrones drinking game

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As you can see, the whole point of the Game of Thrones drinking game is to write down a list of recurring lines or images or acts that usually fill the screen within a typical episode of the show. You know, the regulars like Jon being called a bastard, Tyrion being called an imp, Hodor saying “Hodor” and so on. Or gratuitous sex, nudity, a murder; and all the other casual acts which fill a typical day in Westeros. Next, to further define the rules of the Game of Thrones drinking game before you begin actually playing it, you should decide which of these call for a sip and which call for a whole shot, or even something more creative than plain drinking, like a little dance or whatever you deem to be a fun idea. You can see an example of general rules for the Game of Thrones drinking game in the image above, but as we’ll discuss next, the beauty of the game is the fact that the rules are adaptable, depending on the season you’re watching.

Adaptable triggers

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Since the show’s typical lines and stuff tend to change somewhat as the seasons progress – at least for the fact that characters tend to die like flies and thus a rule like “Drink a gulp each time Catelyn argues against a plan” is obviously not going to get anyone to drink – you should adapt the rules as well. This is why versions of the Game of Thrones drinking game are usually issued by the players for each season. There’s an example designed for season two of the show in the image right above, but you’re the lord or lady of your own castle. You should adapt the rules to suit your friends’ humor and preferences best. If you guys tend to laugh a lot on the expense of the Hound, add a drinking trigger to the list targeted specifically on something funny about him that tends to come on screen a lot.

As we hope you’re already convinced of, there’s lots of fun to be had with the Game of Thrones drinking game, provided you’re in a group of people you feel comfortable drinking with and you all enjoy watching the show. Have fun and make sure you don’t watch too many episodes while playing the game or you might get sick. Kids, don’t overdo this at home, ya’ know?

The 10 Awesome Slippers You Would Love to Wear

Among the finest inventions ever made by mankind you will find the internet, selfies, ice cream and slippers. Yes, there is nothing like slipping on a pair of awesome slippers and making yourself at home.

The Rug Slippers

Awesome Slippers

The beautiful thing about these slippers is that when you aren’t using them they form part of a lovely rug. The horrible thing about them is that when you are using them you leave an awful slipper shaped hole in your lovely rug.

The Feet Slippers

Unusual Slippers

Who wouldn’t want to walk around their house with the comfort of having a couple of giant, rubbery feet on? These look like fun slippers to wear, although you might get some strange looks if you ever answer the door with them on.

The Fish Slippers

Weird Slippers

I just can’t imagine any good reasons for sticking a pair of stinking fish onto my feet. I guess that these aren’t real fish but they still look weird for putting on your feet. In fact, I can recommend staying clear of fish based clothing for any part of your body.

The Baby Slippers

Bizarre Slippers

I can’t work out if these are truly awesome slippers or absolutely terrible ones. Walking about the house with a couple of fake babies on your feet has got to be one of the strangest things you could do with your leisure time. If you have any real babies at home then you will want to be really careful to put on the slippers and not the little darlings when you want to walk around comfortably. I say this because babies make for pretty uncomfortable slippers.

The Cleaning Slippers

Unique Slippers

What a great idea this is. In fact, I think that I might buy a pair of these awesome slippers for everyone who lives in my house. No one will find anything suspicious about that, will they?

The Car Slippers

Awesome Slippers

These are among the coolest and most comfortable slippers you will ever see but they don’t exactly look like the most practical, do they? Would you not end up flat on your face when you tried to walk with these beauties on? Unless you have a great sense of balance it is definitely a risk.

The Light Up Slippers

Awesome Slippers

The idea of slippers that light up is just so clever that I can hardly stand it. This is a great idea for those late night trips to the bathroom when you just can’t be bothered switching on the lights.

The Tank Slippers

Awesome Slippers

These tank slippers look ideal for anyone wanting to play at some warm games in their living room.

The Grass Slippers

Weird Slippers

There are few things in life as satisfying as feeling the grass under your feet and between your toes. Thanks to these clever, awesome slippers you can feel this sensation even when you are lounging about inside the house. An alternative is to replace all of your flooring with grass, which sounds pretty good when I think about it.

The Poo Slippers

Bizarre Slippers

How horrible are these slippers? They look just like a couple of steaming piles of poo. It would be fun to see other people’s reactions but I can’t help thinking that I would feel a bit squeamish whenever I slip on these stinkers.