Beard Trivia

1) A mans beard grows, on average, by 14cm a year.

2) A mans beard grows fastest when he anticipates sex.

3) The longest beard ever recorded was grown by Hans N Langseth.   It reached 17.6 feet!

4) The longest beard on a living man belongs to Sarwan Singh and measures 8 feet 2.5 inches.

5) The longest beard ever recorded on a woman was grown by Jane Devere.   It reached 14 inches.

6) The longest beard on a Living woman belongs to Vivian Wheeler and measures 11 inches.

7) In an average lifespan a clean shaven man will trim off nearly 3.5kg of whisker hair.

8) The longest beard ever recorded, grown by Hans Langseth, is now preserved at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

9) The average man's beard contains 15,500 hairs.

10) Whisker hair grows 0.038cm each day.

11) If a man never shaved he could grow a beard 32ft (9.8m) long in his life time.

12) A pogonophobe is a person with a fear of beards.

13) Pogonophobia is the fear of beards.

14) A pogonophile is a lover of beards.

15) Pogonophilia is the love of beards.

16) In 1557 Francois I of France decreed the wearing of a beard was punishable by death.

His decree reads:- "Qu'ils aient dedans 3 jours a faire ou oster leur dite barbe sous peine de la hart"

17) King Louis VII of France returned from the Crusades and decided to shave off his beard. This resulted in his wife, Eleanor,
losing her affection for him and obtaining a divorce. She reclaimed the provinces of Guyenne and Poitou, which she had brought
with her as a dowry, and presented them as a dowry to King Henry II of England and had herself a second husband. In 1152 Louis
declared war on Henry and the war lasted until 1453, a total of 301 years and all because of a beard!

18) Every president of the USA with a beard has been a republican.

19) In 1447, during the reign of Henry VI, a decree was issued which forbade the wearing of moustaches and required that
the upper lip be shaved every two weeks.

20) In 1535 King Henry VIII introduced a beard tax.  The tax was graduated depending on the wearers social position.  His own
beard was, of course, exempt.  His daughter Queen Elizabeth I re-introduced the beard tax for every beard of more than two weeks growth.

21) Thomas More protested about his beard whilst on the block, saying "My beard has not been guilty of treason.  It were an injustice to punish it."

22) As late as 1542, members of the English Bar were not allowed admission with a beard.  A beard was defined as "anything
over a fortnight's growth". By 1553, lawyers with a beard would have to pay a 12 pence supplement per meal.  The beard laws were repealed in 1562.

23) In 1698, Emperor Peter I of Russia instituted a beard tax to modernize the society of Russia.  Those who paid the
tax were required to carry a "beard token".  This was a copper or silver token with a Russian Eagle on one side and on
the other, the bottom of a face with nose, mouth, moustache, and beard.  It was inscribed with two phrases: "the beard
tax has been taken" and "the beard is a superfluous burden".


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