Saturday, April 25, 2015

Toupological roundup

 

We're absolutely drowning in toupees at the moment - with many great tips provided by our valued readers - so we thought the best thing to do was to publish a bumper roundup and clear the decks.

There's a 70s era pic apparently from 1972:


Once again Bill Shatner stakes a claim to be the true fifth Beatle. 


A striking style, but we'd say not necessarily the worst of 70s toupological excesses.

Then we have a gallery of characters from Bill Shatner's short-lived "master of disguise" series Barbary Coast via Getty Images.

Thie first, rather rarely from the 1970s, employs the "lace front" forehead attachment method we know and love from the "Jim Kirk lace": 


After that, things just get plain silly...



We've also had much talk about BIll Shatner possibly finally saying "what the hell" - or "sod it" in British parlance - with regards to keeping his toup in prime form. Why not, right? At age 84, the actor has become a global icon, Twitter fanatic (seriously!), and can get away with pretty much anything (even weird - but typically bold - irrigation ideas)...



If there's just a little less time for the toup, so be it...


But let's at least agree...


...that we don't want matters to get too out of hand. After all, we know from our pets that quality of fur is a strong indicator of all-round health. So routine is important...


As a celebrity, Bill Shatner remains in the glare of the limelight...


Anyone know what this is from?


For more on how spectroscopy can be used to determine chemical properties see here.

Now let's go back to 1979s Star Trek: The Motion Picture...


And an image via the good folks at My Star Trek Scrapbook. Clint Eastwood visiting the set with his family.


But why is Bill Shatner apparently not wearing his "TJ Curly"? Was there still a personal-use toup at this point, which differed from the "public appearance toup"? Does this picture show a coveted patch? Astronomers study Hubble Telescope images for amazing pictures like this:


Ever wondered how the staff at the William Shatner School of Toupological Studies reacts when they appear to stumble upon something?


Even if to the untrained eye, the contours may appear less-than-clear...


Our staff cherish and celebrate each potential find...


There is often much to squeeze into our busy schedules...


Occasionally, that can lead to pressure...


And even some tension and fraying around the edges...


But we are soon reminded that with each toupee comes new potential for discovery and exploration.

"A fresh batch of toupees arrives for me by courier on the first of every month. It is always a time of great anticipation, awe and excitement." - William Shatner (didn't say)

Let's end with a clip from a very rare 1990s TV documentary about the work of the William Shatner School of Toupological Studies. Staff assess an "impact site" (area subjected to extensive touposcopic examination), and are amazed by the results:

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Thanks for the tips. Have we missed anything?