How uncommon beards on the BBC are is highlighted by quite how enormous the reaction to the offending facial hair was, taking the title of top twitter trend for several hours on Monday night with conversation stretching right into today. Some of the best responses to Paxman's beard follow:
Comedian Al Murray wrote: "Not seen the Paxman beard or the Perseids (meteor shower). Feel so, so alone."
Fellow presenter Emily Maitlis even got in on the action saying: "Right that's it. Im working on a moustache for Thursday's Newsnight"