We’re excited to report two major developments in the beard community. The first affects those of you who serve or have loved ones who serve in the US ARMY. Until recently, beards had been banned because they prevented wearers from creating an airtight seal. Now that beards are allowed for religious reasons, the makers of the Army’s gas masks are researching how to create a mask that works with a beard.

The second development is a benchmark many of us have fought hard for. As of June 30th, the beard emoji will be available on all operating systems. It’s one of 137 new emojis. The list also includes a zombie, a pretzel, and a starry-eyed face. (We think that last one will enjoy lots of use next to the beard emoji. Just our opinion.) It’s about time we got due representation in the emoji sphere!

Rounding out our Best of the Web are cool stories about how a Montana man’s beard launched his career on the big screen, and how to determine your best beard-to-hair ratio. We’ve included some deeper reads if you’ve got a little more time to kill.

Beard On,

The Zeus Team


The Most Interesting Man in the World judged a Vermont beard competition. The winner? Bryan Sturge, the father of an 11-year-old girl named Zoey, who passed away from cancer in 2013. Sturge grew the beard as a tribute to his daughter. (Quad-City Times)

According to author and professor Stephen Mihm, trends in beard popularity closely follow trends in capitalism. (VOX)

Beards used to be banned in the Army because they would prevent an airtight gas mask seal. Now, the makers of the Army’s gas masks are looking into beard-friendly options. (Army Times)

A Montana man’s beard takes him to the big screen, an opportunity he would have missed out on had he shaved just before an important casting call. (Canton Rep)

The ideal hair to beard ratio, according to London stylists. (Independent)

So you’ve achieved expert-level stubble. Where do you go from there? Maintenance. We’ve got the scoop on the blog. (Zeus Beard Blog)