Granted your aunty Nora might sport a 'tache or even a couple of chin curlers, but for the most part, there are few things that say "man" more than a bit of facial fuzz.
So it's perhaps no surprise that male action sports lovers - testosterone fuelled adrenaline junkies that we are - are fond of growing our beards out.
But while the sculpted goatees of the 90s (think Shaun Palmer in his prime) or the hipster Karl Marx wedges of today (I'm looking at you Eric Jackson) might scream "I'm gnarly" the beards collected on these pages go a whole lot further and say a whole lot more...
'My jaw is so manly that I had to find something to cover it up. I'm still working on it.'
'Somebody once asked me if I knew Aragorn, but I've never heard of her.'
'No-One Knows It Yet But My Chin Just Fell Off'
'"Minion" is one of my favourite words.'
'Don't even think about calling me ginger'
'I once knocked a walrus out using only my face'
'Kitten, what kitten?'
'I'm always good for my round'
'I sleep with a pillow under my gun'
'Last year I gave up wearing clothes but nobody seems to have noticed.'
'I didn't run away to join the circus, the circus ran away to join me.'
'My plans ALWAYS come together.'
'I only go supersize.'
'When I fart in lifts nobody ever blames me.'
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel stands on the sidelines at the end of the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers during NFL preseason football game action in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
'Some people call me the boss but my real title is "Your awesomeness".'
'Somebody tried to tackle me. Once.'
'Do I have a fishing boat? Nah, I just ride my pet whale'
'Science has proven that my chin is actually bulletproof.'
'Where I work they're running out of white flags.'
'I invented a martial art called chin-fu.'
'I no longer use violence to settle arguments. I just point at my beard.'