The 2012 International German Beard and Moustache Championships have been held in Bad Schussenried.
Beards from around the world have travelled to Bad Schussenried and took part in 18 categories, including Imperial Moustaches, Dali Moustaches and Chin Beard Freestyle.
A total of 163 of the world’s most interestingly decorated faces paraded through the town before the competition got under way.
Beards from around the world have travelled to Bad Schussenried and took part in 18 categories, including Imperial Moustaches, Dali Moustaches and Chin Beard Freestyle
A panel of seven judges marked each individual competitor and decided who would be crowned king in each category.
German-born Arner Bielefeldt proved to be a cut above the rest in the Full Beard Freestyle category.
Arner Bielefeldt said it was his reward for four months of “training” in his adopted home in California, USA.
The Full Beard category was the keenest contested, with 23 competitors keeping their chins up.
Although it was a close shave Herbert Dobner of Isny, Germany eventually won by a hairs breadth.
A British team of physicians have come up with an equation that explains and predicts the shape of a ponytail that could help scientists better understand natural materials, such as wool and fur.
The Ponytail Shape Equation findings have been published in Physical Review Letters journal.
The new equation takes into account the stiffness of hairs, the effects of gravity and the presence of random curliness or waviness.
“It’s a remarkably simple equation,” explained Prof. Raymond Goldstein, who is the Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems at Cambridge University.
He added that the findings showed how physics could be used to “solve a problem that has puzzled scientists and artists ever since Leonardo Da Vinci remarked on the fluid-like streamlines of hair in his notebooks 500 years ago”.
Prof. Raymond Goldstein worked on the equation with Professor Robin Ball from the University of Warwick and Patrick Warren, from Unilever’s Research and Development Centre.
The Ponytail Shape Equation represents the first scientific understanding of the distribution of hairs in a ponytail, say the researchers
The Ponytail Shape Equation represents the first scientific understanding of the distribution of hairs in a ponytail, say the researchers.
It provides new understanding of how a bundle is swelled by the outward pressure which arises from collisions between the component hairs.
Together with a new mathematical quantity known as the Rapunzel Number, the equation can – they say – be used to predict the shape of any ponytail.
It opens the way to a better understanding of materials made up of random fibres, say the researchers.
This will resonate with some in the computer graphics and animation industry, where a realistic representation of hair and fur has proven a tough challenge.
Prof. Raymond Goldstein is presenting the research at the American Physical Society meeting in Boston on 28 February.