25 Interesting Insights Into The History Of Beards

Ever since the dawn of time, beards have been the epitome of manliness. Okay, that may be an exaggeration. There are thousands of different cultures and in some of them beards or facial hair are seen as anything but manly. And that is why beards are so interesting. It’s not something that you probably think about very often. But why do we think of beards the way that we do? Is it something that you just innately had inside of yourself when you were born. Did you just know that beards are manly kind of like how you knew that smiling signified happiness? Or was it something that was instilled in your through the conditioning of society? Well, we’ll leave deep and profound questions about the nature of beardery to the professional beard researchers but today we are going to look as some of the more simple and interesting aspects of beards.

Beards actually have a quite eventful history. It may seem a bit eccentric but beards have certainly played an important role in society. If you have realized it yet, then you haven’t lived long enough, but image says a lot. Whether its politics or business, the way you look, for better or for worse, is taken into account. And beards have been no different. These are 25 interesting insights into the history of beards!

25

Spartans saw a shaved face as a sign of dishonor.

Spartans saw a shaved face as a sign of dishonorSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
24

In fact, they would often partially shave the face of cowards, as cowardice was a crime in Spartan society.

In fact, they would often partially shave the face of cowards, as cowardice was a crime in Spartan societySource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
23

Alexander the Great was the first man to make shaving popular.

Alexander the Great was the first man to make shaving popularSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
22

He ordered all his soldiers to cut their beards so that the enemy could not grab them in battle.

He ordered all his soldiers to cut their beards so that the enemy could not grab them in battleSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
21

The first recorded mustache is a Persian horseman painted on felt that dates back to 300 BC.

The first recorded moustache is a Persian horseman painted on felt that dates back to 300 BCSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
20

Sideburns were named after the Civil War general Ambrose Burnside.

Sideburns were named after the Civil War general Ambrose BurnsideSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
19

While sideburns were popular in 19th century Europe, they declined in the 20th century.

While sideburns were popular in 19th century Europe they declined in the 20th centurySource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
18

Some allege that their decline was due to the rise of gas masks in warfare.

Some allege that their decline was due to the rise of gas masks in warfareSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
17

Made popular by Charlie Chaplain, the toothbrush was rendered unwearable by Adolf Hitler.

Made popular by Charlie Chaplain, the toothbrush was rendered unwearable by Adolf HitlerSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
16

It was actually quite popular among lower class Germans at the time who wore it in response to the flamboyant facial hair of the upper classes.

It was actually quite popular among lower class Germans at the time who wore it in response to the flamboyant facial hair of the upper classesSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
15

During the Middle Ages, there were some cultures where touching another man's beard was a sign of extreme disrespect.

During the Middle Ages, there were some cultures where touching another man's beard was a sign of extreme disrespectSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia

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14

Prehistoric men cut their beards using shells.

Prehistoric men cut their beards using shellsSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
13

The shells were later replaced by flint razors.

The shells were later replaced by flint razorsSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
12

The Ancient Egyptians began to use copper razors and pumice stones to shave because they believed that body hair was unclean.

The Ancient Egyptians began to use copper razors and pumice stones because they believed that body hair was unclean.Source: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
11

Today about 55% of males worldwide claim to wear facial hair.

Today about 55% of males worldwide claim to wear facial hairSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
10

Only 30% of Americans sport facial hair.

Only 30% of Americans sport facial hairSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
9

Don't feel bad though. There have been 10,000 year old cave drawings discovered that show clean shaven men.

Don't feel bad though. There have been 10,000 year old cave drawings discovered that show clean shaven men.Source: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
8

Peter the Great of Russia declared a tax on beards that was to be collected at every town gate.

Peter the Great of Russia declared a tax on beards that was to be collected at every town gateSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
7

One theory as to the origin of the word barbarian involves the idea that when shaving became popular throughout the world the unshaved people were referred to as barbarians i.e. unbarbered.

One theory as to the origin of the word barbarian involves the idea that when shaving became popular throughout the world the unshaved people were referred to as barbarians i.e. unbarberedSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
6

The longest mustache on record was 3 meters (10 feet), grown by Birger Pellas of Sweden.

The longest mustache on record was 3 meters (10 feet) grown by Birger Pellas of SwedenSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
5

The longest beard on record was grown by Hans Langesth of Norway. It was 5.3 meters (17.5 feet).

The longest beard on record was grown by Hans Langesth of Norway. It was 5.3 meters (17.5 feet)Source: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
4

Gillette razors were issued to American troops in World War 1.

Gillette razors were issued to American troops in World War 1Source: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
3

Shaving gels were first manufactured in the 1970s.

Shaving gels were first manufactured in the 1970sSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
2

If the average man lives to be 80, he will have spent 38 years shaving.

If the average man lives to be 80, he will have spent 38 years shavingSource: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia
1

To end with an interesting fact - men tend to have facial hair when the marriage market is good. When its hard to find a wife, they tend to shave. Scientists think this may be in order to make women feel safer/more comfortable.

To end with an interesting fact - men tend to have facial hair when the marriage market is good. When its hard to find a wife, they tend to shave. Scientists think this may be in order to make women feel safer/more comfortable.Source: wikipedia, bbc, nytimes, Image: wikipedia


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