Hmmm... The day I graduated HS (1973) I started growing a beard. It's been shaved off *once* since then with that one time being a shave it off that morning start growing it back that afternoon. I wonder if a younger me had that episode in the back of my mind when I made the decision I wanted a beard? RE: the mirage bit... I remember thinking it, and most of the show, was predictable when it originally aired. But I remember thinking that about *lots* of comedies. I watched 'em anyway because I love comedy and would usually get at least a chuckle off the "worst" comedy show. Most of my friends probably thought it was hilarious. The 10 year old me was all about watching a scantily clad hottie on TV. I could never understand why Tony kept Jeannie at arms length. Especially when she was literally throwing herself at him! I also never understood how Dr. Bellows was constantly fooled and if truly fooled why he allowed Tony to keep flying. I don't recall any stop motion effects in the show. I'd always thought effects were done with wires and other practical effect methods. I do recall the bottle rolling bits to be a bit wonky early on but don't recall them looking like stop motion. I need to pull my set (at least the BW S1 set isn't in storage as I've not yet finished it) and give it a look. Hagman is absolutely at his comedic best in this series. That was part of why it took me years to accept him as the "heavy" in Dallas. I saw Tony Nelson, *not* J.R. Ewing.