Despite claims that beards are “over” or that they simply “aren’t cool anymore,” the fuzzy face remains popular with men all over the world and there are plenty of hidden benefits. Not only have beards been scientifically proven to make men more attractive, research has unveiled that the grizzly beards boast a big health benefit too. They were also once banned! Check out plenty of more fun facts about beards below!
1. Men with beards are more desirable. Period.
2. On average, a man’s beard will grow 5.5 inches per year.
3. If you were to put down the razor and stop shaving forever, your beard would be 8,5 metres long. (27.5 feet long)
4. Beards were once taxed, it’s true. Peter the Great encouraged cleanshaveness and for those who didn’t comply, he taxed them 100 rubles a year for a medallion.
5. This medallion served as a license to wear a beard. Although the principal at hand wasn’t about merely money.. His inscription on the beard license read, “The beard is a useless burden.”
6. 98% of the Forbes 100 list of the world’s richest men are clean-shaven.
7. Surprisingly, the longest female beard ever recorded was measured at 30cm.
8. The only king without a moustache in a deck of cards is the king of hearts.
9. The average moustache will trap a pint and a half of beer ever single year.
10. Clean-shaven men are three times more likely than bearded men to carry harmful bacteria on their faces.
11. Beards prevent skin cancer by providing between 90 and 95 percent protection from harmful ultraviolet rays. Although it may depend on the length and angle of facial hair.
12. It is estimated that around 55 percent of men around the world have some type of facial hair, whether it be a full beard, the Fu Manchu, or a regular old mustache.
13. The average beard grows 5-and-a-half inches in a year.
14. It is made up of around 30,000 whiskers.
15. Anglo-Saxons had beards until the advent of Christianity in the 7th century. However when Christianity came around the clergy introduced a new law that required them to shave.
16. Dihydrotestosterone is the chemical that promotes both beards and balding among men. Seasonal changes affect its level in the body, making for bushier summer beards.
17. During the Middle Ages, anyone who touched other man’s beard was considered offensive. The act was grounds for a duel. The beard was a sign of a virility and honor.
18. Hans Langseth is the man bearing the title of Man With The Longest Beard Ever. The Norwegian-American’s beard stretched to 5.33 m (17-feet, 6-inches) in 1927!
19. Want to stop acne in its tracks and have blemish-free skin? It’s simple, “stop shaving” says Dr. Shannon C. Trotter of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. The truth is, shaving can spread bacteria around your face, cause hair follicle infection and irritate the skin with razor rash.
20. Trouble breathing? A beard may help if you suffer from things like pollen or dust allergies. It some cases it can work like a filter to keep them from settling, must like the hair in your nose.
21. If you study beards professionally you are a “Pogonologist”. The study itself goes by “Pogonology”.
22. Rate of beard growth depends on your genetics, but it’s also linked to the hormone testosterone.
23. Back in ancient Roman times, a boy’s first shave was his transition into manhood and it was reason for some serious celebration.
24. Abraham Lincoln became the first U.S. president to sport a beard in 1860. Yet this historical moment wouldn’t occur until a 11-year old girl named Grace Bedel first wrote to Lincoln. In her message she wrote, “You would look a great deal better, for your face is so thin.” And so he grew and grew. People certainly took notice, as did the tabloids.. Shortly after the Illustrated News of NY touted claims Lincoln had used Bellingham’s Stimulating Paste. Only it would later prove to be untrue as Bellinghams was merely an advertiser of the newspaper.
25. Most compliments men receive after growing a beard for the first time will be from other males.
26. Otto The Great swore by his beard when saying anything serious.
27. Beards make you 63% more likely to win a staring contest.
28. To add earnestness to any royal message, a king would attach three beard hairs to the wax seal.
29. In gloomy times, such as disaster or death, beards were grown in sorrow. The opposite of what’s commonly seen today with men shaving before funerals.
30. 0.35 millimeters is the rate of human hair growth. Over a month your hair will grow 1 centimeter in length.