Does a Big Beard Make a Man Cooler?

The Chive today declares it so and offers a collection of 35 pictures to demonstrate the point. Here's one early in the list that I liked:

I tend to agree.

There's a friendly guy in my apartment complex with a big beard. For the longest time I wondered why he kept it so long and scraggly and then I learned that he was a professional character actor who specializes in playing pirates.