There are plenty of reasons to be proud of your beard. First and foremost – you look awesome. But you already knew that.
Here are seven random facts about beards that you might not have known, though.
1. Beards are so metal. Sometimes literally. Back in ancient Egypt, men would dye their beards gold (or plate them) to demonstrate that they were ballers. (Also, Internet rumor has it any beard can be made into a rudimentary compass by dampening it and sprinkling metal shavings into it. If not, at least you’ll look cool while you’re lost.)
2. Before Sir Thomas More was beheaded in 1535, he moved his lengthy beard aside, saying it “had never committed any treason.” Good looking out, Tom.
3. We spend about 3,000 hours of our lives shaving. That’s 125 days.
4. Fear the beard? Yeah, there’s a word for that: pogonophobia. (Luckily, our friends are pogonophiles.)
5. Peter the Great encouraged men to be clean-shaven and imposed a tax of 100 rubles a year for those who didn’t comply. This tax got them a medallion that served as a license to wear a beard. Oh, and the inscription on the beard license? It read, “The beard is a useless burden.”
6. Beards are nature’s sunscreen. The University of Southern Queensland found that facial hair can block up to 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays.
7. Beards make you 63% more likely to win a starting contest.
There – now you’re good looking and knowledgeable. Way to go!