Everyone loves a good fact so we’re here to increase your random fact general knowledge with a collection of beard facts you may not already know!
1. Did you know that beards were once prescribed?
In the Victorian era, doctors believed that a thick, luscious beard could act as a filter that would help prevent harmful bacteria entering the body through the mouth.
As such, patients were encouraged to grow a beard to help prevent illness. No wonder there were so many good-looking beards back then!
2. The world’s longest beard was over 17 feet long!
This amazing feat of beard engineering was achieved by a Norwegian-American man named Hans Langseth.
Langseth’s beard was recorded at stretching in 1927 and measured at a whopping 5.33m (17 feet and 6 inches long!). He must have had an excellent beard routine!
3. Beards can help to heal your skin.
Unless your razor is spotlessly clean and sterile, it can spread dirt and bacteria onto your face.
If sensitive skin is something you suffer with, taking a break from frequent shaving and growing your beard out could give your face time to heal and repair itself. You’ll also get a great looking beard out of it which is definitely an added bonus!
4. Some people have an irrational fear of beards!
In case you hadn’t already guessed, we’re all huge fans of beards at BEARDED. but there are people out there that are terrified of beards.
It is called Pogonophobia and can lead to nausea, feelings of dread, sweating and irregular heartbeat!
5. Abraham Lincoln’s beard was the idea of an 11-year-old girl.
Legend has it that an 11-year-old girl (wise beyond her years) called Grace Bedell wrote a letter to President Lincoln in the 1800s suggesting his thin face could benefit from a beard.
Lincoln obviously thought she had a point as he began growing out his beard in late 1860.
6. Beards were used by the Romans to distinguish one another.
Back in the Roman times a beard wasn’t simply an expertly grown facial accessory, it let others know what philosophical school of thought you belonged to.
In just one glance, you were able to tell what philosophical thoughts he stood behind, and whether they would get along. (If only it were as easy nowadays to tell whether or not to talk to someone)
As Aristotle once said “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know”.
We hope you learned something new to put in your back pocket for the next time you want to show off your varied general knowledge.