Beard Facts

10 Historical Beard Facts…

1 Peter the Great, enamored of Western ways, encouraged cleanshavenness among Russians by imposing a tax on beards. Noblemen paid 100 rubles a year for a medallion that served as a beard license and carried the inscription: "The beard is a useless burden."

2 Talk about being "in the cross hairs." In the early '60s, the CIA plotted to ruin Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's public image by making his beard fall out. One idea was to grab Castro's shoes when they were put out to be shined, and to insert thallium salts, a chemical used by women as a depilatory. But the plot was never carried out.

3 Members of the rock trio ZZ Top are known for their facial hair, but only two of the three main band members sport beards. The third, who is mustachioed, is Frank Beard.

4 Pogonotomy is a $10 word for shaving. (The other side of that razor is: pogonotrophy, the growing of a beard.)

5 The ancient Egyptians wore fake metallic beards in front of their faces to mark special occasions, such as solar eclipses. These hairpieces, called postiches, adorned the faces of men and women.

Brigham Young University's dress code states: "Men are expected to be cleanshaven; beards are not acceptable." But BYU will make "a beard exception for medical reasons." If you're wondering whether the school's namesake, Mormon leader Brigham Young, ever wore a beard, the answer is: yes.

7 According to legend, the Christian daughter of the king of Portugal was commanded to marry the pagan king of Sicily. Instead, she prayed to God to disfigure her so the plans would be scuttled and she could remain a virgin. Those prayers were answered — she grew a beard and lost a fiance. Her angry father had her crucified. The bearded virgin became known as Wilgefortis, the patron saint of unhappily married women.

8 Two well-known beards were Linda Lee Thomas and Phyllis Gates. They were married, respectively, to gay celebrities Cole Porter and Rock Hudson. The term "beard" describes someone who poses as the lover of a closeted homosexual. But it's also slang for someone who places a bet for a horse trainer. Among other beard-related slang: a "crimea" is a small beard; a "doorknocker" is a beard running just below the jawline. And if people say you have "a crumb in your beard," it might mean they think you're drunk.

Before Sir Thomas More was beheaded in 1535, he moved his lengthy beard aside, saying it "had never committed any treason."

10 Abraham Lincoln grew a beard in late 1860 after getting advice from an 11-year-old New York girl named Grace Bedell, who wrote, "You would look a great deal better, for your face is so thin." After Lincoln became the first bearded U.S. president, the Illustrated News of New York made a bogus claim that the president had used a hair-growing product called Bellingham's Stimulating Onguent, and "with this extraordinary paste he soon started the manly adornment." Bellingham's just happened to be an Illustrated News advertiser.

 

Beards are good for…

Sun Protection
According to recent research from the University of Southern Queensland, beards block up to 95 percent of the sun's UV rays, which can play a huge role in preventing basal-cell carcinomas (the most common form of all cancers). Key stats to know: Four out of five cases in men appear on the face, head, or neck and the sun is to blame for up to 90 percent of the visible signs of aging. So while facial hair won't keep your forehead from developing Jack Nicholsonesque creases, it will keep the bottom half of your face looking young.

Blemish-Free Skin
Forgoing the razor doesn't just hide blemishes—it actually prevents them. "Razor rash, acne, and folliculitis [hair-follicle inflammation] are often the result of shaving," said Dr. Shannon C. Trotter, a fellow of the Osteopathic College of Dermatology and a dermatologist at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. "Razors can irritate the skin or even spread bacteria, causing an infection of the hair follicle."

More Masculinity
There's a reason you'd never steal a lumberjack's lady: The more facial hair a man has, the more masculine both men and women perceive him to be, according to research published in Evolution and Human Behavior. If pure, unadulterated masculinity is what you're going for, let your beard hang low. If you're looking to impress the opposite sex, skip the razor for 10 glorious days in a row; the study found that's the length women find the most attractive.

Natural Moisture
You probably didn't know your face has its own built-in moisturizing regimen—it's called your sebaceous glands (oil glands for short) and, according to Trotter, it secretes a natural oil that keeps skin moisturized. A thick beard not only prevents you from rubbing it off of your face, it also protects the face from wind exposure, which leads to redness and dryness (just in case you were planning your next high-altitude climb).

Trapped Allergens
Your nose hairs trap more than you think they do. In addition to what you see in a tissue, nose hairs trap pollutants that could actually cause your body harm. So the more hair you have under your airways (read: the bigger your beard), the more pollutants you're snaring every day, according to Dr. Clifford W. Bassett, Allergy and Asthma Care of NY medical director. Just be sure to treat your beard like any other filter and wash it regularly.

Weird Beard Facts

Average amount of water used per shave…………………………………….2.75 gals.
Average number of inces of growth per year…………………………………5.5 inches
If the average man never shaved, his beard could reach………………….27.5 feet
Number of hours the average man spends shaving in his lifetime………3,350 hours
Number of whiskers in the average mans beard……………………………30,000

List of US Presidents with Facial Hair

Name of President Number Beard Moustache Sideburns Color
Adams, John Quincy


6
   


Mutton Chops


Dark Brown
Arthur, Chester


21
 


Yes


Mutton Chops


Unknown
Cleveland, Grover


22/24
 


Yes
 


Brown
Garfield, James


20


Yes


Yes
 


Blonde
Grant, Ulysses


18


Yes


Yes
 


Brown
Harrison, Benjamin


23


Yes


Yes
 


Unknown
Hayes, Rutherford


19


Yes


Yes
 


Black
Jefferson, Thomas


3
   


Yes


Red
Lincoln, Abraham


16


Yes


No
 


Black
Polk, James


11
   


Yes


Dirty Blonde
Roosevelt, Theodore


26
 


Yes
 


Brown
Taft, William


27
 


Yes
 


Brown
Taylor, Zachary


12
   


Yes


Gray
Truman, Harry


33


Goatee, On vacation[26]
   


Gray
Van Buren, Martin


8
   


Yes


White
Washington, George


1
   


Yes


Red

 

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