Beards are awesome. They make men look manlier, more powerful, more distinguished and overall just more attractive. They’ve been worn since the beginning of time by poets like William Shakespeare, presidents like Abraham Lincoln, celebrities like Brad Pitt, mythical figures like Santa Claus and regular people alike. Sure, they sometimes get lots of criticism and may not always be the best choice of facial hair in certain situations – they have been known to accidentally be lit on fire or zipped up in a jacket. But all things considered, their collective good is far better than their harm. If you wear a beard you should be proud of this list. It’s all the cool facts about beards from throughout history. If you don’t wear a beard, that’s okay. Being clean shaven has many perks (and some awesome associated facts) as well.
So, to celebrate beards and all the many things we love about them and the men who wear them, here are 12 awesome facts about the facial hair that never goes out of style. Are there any noteworthy beard-related facts we missed?
12 They Can Be Transplanted
11 They Have a Fancy Name
Apparently beards are so cool that the act of growing them has its own official word: pogonotrophy. The word is Greek in origin and literally means “beard feeding.” Its root, pogon, (meaning beard) can be found in other beard-related words like pogonotomy, beard cutting, pogonologist, someone who studies beards, and pogoniasis, excessive beard growth. Technically, pogonotrophy can also apply to growing mustaches, sideburns and other facial hair, though it’s most commonly used in association with beards.
10 They’re a Status Symbol
9 They Can Grow (Really) Long
8 They Can Prevent Allergies
7 They Were All the Rage in Ancient Egypt
6 They’re Associated with Philosophy
5 They Keep Skin Nice
4 They Look Best in 10 Days
3 Individually, There Are Lots of Them
2 They’re Helpful for Staring Contests
1 They Do a Lot of Good
No Shave November, or Movember, is a global charity movement committed to men living longer, happier lives. Every November, men (and women) are encouraged to put down their razors, electric shavers and wax to raise awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and physical inactivity in the hopes that more men will get annual check-ups to prevent diseases. The movement also encourages people to donate the money they would’ve spent on shaving supplies to health initiatives. Since 2003, the Movember Foundation has proudly raised $650 million, funded 1,000 health projects and gained support from over 5 million people worldwide.
Sources: distractify.com, history.co.uk, nytimes.com, smithsonianmag.com
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