Beards take a lot of work once you have one. It’s all beard oil this and beard balm that, make sure you comb and brush etc. But here are some interesting facts about beards you probably didn’t know. Maybe you’ll learn something new while you embark on your bearded journey. Let’s take a look.
The longest beard ever recorded
The title holder for the longest beard ever recorded is Hans Langseth. His Norwegian beard was stretched to 5.33 m (17 ft 6 in) in 1927. His beard was so legendary that it made it’s way to Washington, DC to be stored on display at the Smithsonian Institution in 1967.
The Current record holder
While the longest beard ever recorded hailed from Norway, the current holder is Shamsher Singh of Punjab, India. Back in 1997, his majestic beard was officially measured at 1.83m (6 ft) from chin to tip. The average height of a male is 5ft 10in, so his beard was longer than most people are tall.
Beards were once taxed
Peter the Great preferred a clean shaven appearance for his citizens and for those who didn’t comply, he taxed them 100 rubles a year for a medallion. This medallion served as a license to wear a beard. His inscription on the beard license read, “The beard is a useless burden.” And so it wasn’t all about hunger for more money and taxes for his kingdom.
British Beard Tax
In 1535, King Henry VIII of England, who also wore a beard himself, introduced his own tax on beards. This tax was a graduated tax, varying with the wearers social position.
They’ve become a sign of wisdom
When you imagine a great thinker or one with great wisdom, you might think of long curled grey beards. It’s clear from history that some of our greatest philosophers and thinkers were bearded such as Socrates, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius and even Shakespeare. It was once said that “Lose your beard,” it was said, “and you lose your soul.”
Gold jewellery? The Egyptians had gold beards
In the modern day, you’ll find people wearing gold jewellery as accessories. Back in ancient Egypt, beards were held in high prestige. Due to this, many man would plate and dye their facial hair to reflect their high societal ranking. Pharaohs were known to wear fake golden beards known as “Postiches” as a symbol of their sovereignty.
Death by Beard
Hans Staininger, the burgomaster of Braunau (Now Austria), died when he broke his neck by tripping over his own beard. His beard at the time measured 4.5 feet and he usually kept it rolled up in a leather pouch.
Alexander the Great
Just before the major battle of Ardela, Alexander the Great called to his soldier to shave. He had the understanding that they were dangerous in hand-to-hand combat and didn’t want his men to have any weakness. Over time, beards would grow back for his soldiers to keep them to display their lack of fear against their enemies.
Attractiveness of Beards
In the past 25 years, there have been 5 scientific studies involving beards and their attractiveness to women. Reed & Blunk, 1990. Muscarella & Cunningham, 1996. Neave & Shields, 2008. Dixson & Brooks 2013.
The Beard growing hormone
Dihydrotestosterone, also known as DHT, is the chemical that promotes beards amongst men. It’s also the hormone while signals for balding to start, making the hair follicles on your head deactivate and die. Seasonal changes affect its level in the body, making for bushier summer beards.
The longest your beard will ever grow
The longest a beard can actively grow for is 6 years. This is during the catagen phase of the hair’s life cycle. So you’ll only know your beards full potential as long as you have it for 6 years. Your maximum beard’s length is dictated by a few factors including genetics and diet.
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