With the recent strikes by the Writers Guild of America, beards have received an amazing 'spotlight' as a protest tool.
As a result when late night talk show hosts David Letterman and Conan O’Brien returned to work -- both were sporting "strike beards" grown during the eight-week break period.
Letterman in particular resembled a veteran beard aficionado with the full salt n' pepper beard he's grown. Conan O'Brien meanwhile went for the trimmed look for his reddish-brown facial hair. They were grown partly a show of solidarity with the Writers Guild of America -- and I would assume that some of those striking writers have a beard by now too (the men anyways -- because who's got time to shave when you're striking and worried about how you are going to pay the bills?).
The change in facial appearance didn't pass without comment though. Guest Robin William couldn't help teasing Letterman: "My God, man, you've aged."
Now whose beard looks better? Well, we'll let you decide. Vote for it here
My choice is hands down: Letterman.