50 Beard Facts – What Science And History Has To Say About Beards
From interesting scientific studies in the lab to beards on the battlefield.. Truth be told, I come across great beard facts all the time. The problem is I find them all over the place..
Today, I decided to put them all together and share my complete collection with you. From bizarre beard facts you’ve probably never even heard of, to the world records you may know and much more. They are all here; take a look below..
50 BEARD FACTS
1. When it comes to record holders, what man has the longest beard in the world? The title belongs to Shamsher Singh of Punjab, India.
Back in 1997 his beard was officially measured from chin to tip and it came in at an astonishing 1.83 m (6 ft) To put this in perspective, the average male adult in the United States is 5 ft 10 in.
But the true title for the world’s longest, although no longer alive, belongs to Hans Langseth. His Norwegian beard was stretched to 5.33 m (17 ft 6 in) in 1927. The legendary beard made its way to Washington, DC to be stored at the Smithsonian Institution in 1967
2. On average, a man’s beard will grow 5.5 inches per year.
3. If you were to put down the razor and stop shaving forever, how long would your beard be? 27.5 feet.
4. A man who shaves spends roughly 3,350 hours of his life in the bathroom.
5. There are around 30,000 whiskers encompassing your face.
6. 55% of men from the around world can be seen sporting a beard or facial hair.
7. Pogonophobia, aka fear of beards.
Should you oddly enough have this, you’ll expirence symptoms of nausea, feelings of dread, sweating and irregular heartbeat, among others. Who knew a soft, fuzzy beard could be a traumatic experience for some…
8. Beards were once taxed, it’s true.
Peter the Great encouraged cleanshaveness and for those who didn’t comply, he taxed them 100 rubles a year for a medallion. This medallion served as a license to wear a beard. Although the principal at hand wasn’t about merely money.. His inscription on the beard license read, “The beard is a useless burden.”
9. Many have believed beards to be emblems of wisdom.
If you look at Socrates, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius and even Shakespeare, these philosophers can all be seen with them. A favorite quote of mine that comes to mind, “Lose your beard,” it was said, “and you lose your soul.”
10. You know how gold chains are popular today in hip hop?
Well, gold beards were all the rage back in ancient Egyptian times. Men would dye their beards and plate them gold to showcase their high-ranking position. Some wore false metal beards called “postiches” as sovereignty symbols. Even queens, kings and royal cows could be seen with them during special occasions like solar eclipses.
11. The government is always up to something..
Back in the early 60’s the CIA came up with a plan to put thallium salts into Fidel Castro’s shoes. Thallium salts are what women use a depilatory in case you aren’t’ familiar with them. By using them, the goal was to ruin Castro’s public image by making his beard fall out. Of course, the plot failed to take action and his shoes nor beard were ever tampered with.
12. BYU or Brigham Young University makes an exception in their dress code policy if you have a beard for a medical reason.
Should there be no medical reason, their policy states, “Men are expected to be clean-shaven; beards are not acceptable.” Oddly enough, you have to wonder about their Mormon leader Bingham Young.. Did he have a beard? The truth is, yes he did.
13. Just before the battle of Ardela, Alexender The Great called to his soldiers.
He had an understanding that beards were dangerous in hand-to-hand combat and made all of his men shave. Within time beards would grow back, only this time soldiers kept them to display their lack of fear in times of war. The weakness of being grabbed from behind was of no concern.
14. In 1535, Sir Thomas More was placed upon the guillotine and awaited his beheading.
Before it could begin he reached down for his lengthy beard, pulled it aside and spoke, “it had never committed any treason.”
15. In the past 25 years, there have been 5 scientific studies involving the attractiveness of beards.
Reed & Blunk, 1990. Muscarella & Cunningham, 1996. Neave & Shields, 2008. Dixson & Brooks, 2013.
16. Beards increase three things: Your age, social status and aggressiveness.
In the Dixon and Vasey (2012) study women found men with beards to look older and appear to be of a higher social status. In the same study, men with beards had a more aggressive appearance when they were angry verse an angry clean-shaven man.
17. Beards are a disadvantage in battle and war as they can be grabbed easily, but there is more to it than meets the eye..
Consider the signal the beard sends to a enemy. It speaks for itself as to say, “Go ahead, grab it, it won’t help you.. I have already won.” There’s some interesting psychological research involving this but I’ll save it for another day; feel free to explore it later!
18. The University of Southern Queensland found that facial hair can block up to 95% of the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Which means beards can go a long way in protecting you from things like basal-cell carcinomas. (Cancer). Not to mention, also help prevent visible signs of ageing around your face, head and neck.
19. Want to stop acne in its tracks and have blemish-free skin?
It’s simple, “stop shaving” says Dr. Shannon C. Trotter of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. The truth is, shaving can spread bacteria around your face, cause hair follicle infection and irritate the skin with razor rash.
20. Trouble breathing?
A beard may help if you suffer from things like pollen or dust allergies. It some cases it can work like a filter to keep them from settling, must like the hair in your nose.
21. If you study beards professionally you are a “Pogonologist”. The study itself goes by “Pogonology”.
22. Rate of beard growth depends on your genetics, but it’s also linked to the hormone testosterone.
23. Your 21st birthday party is like the transition from boyhood to manhood back in Roman times.
A boy’s first shave was more than his transition into manhood, it was reason for some serious celebration. In gloomy times, such as disaster or death, beards were grown in sorrow. The opposite of what’s commonly seen today with men shaving before funerals.
24. Abraham Lincoln became the first U.S. president to sport a beard in 1860.
Yet this historical moment wouldn’t occur until a 11-year old girl named Grace Bedel first wrote to Lincoln. In her message she wrote, “You would look a great deal better, for your face is so thin.” And so he grew and grew. People certainly took notice, as did the tabloids.. Shortly after the Illustrated News of NY touted claims Lincoln had used Bellingham’s Stimulating Paste. Only it would later prove to be untrue as Bellinghams was merely an advertiser of the newspaper.
25. Most compliments men receive after growing a beard for the first time will be from other males.
26. Otto The Great swore by his beard when saying anything serious.
27. Beards make you 63% more likely to win a starting contest.
28. To add earnestness to any royal message, a king would attach three beard hairs to the wax seal.
29. How makes strokes does it take to shave your entire face?
Between 100 to 600. The mystery has finally been solved..
30. 0.35 millimeters is the rate of human hair growth.
Over a month your hair will grow 1 centimeter in length.
31. Beards grow faster in the daytime than the nighttime.
32. Facial hair was once prohibited in military.
33. Prehistoric men grew beards for three reasons — warmth, protection and intimation.
34. During the Middle Ages, anyone who touched other man’s beard was considered offensive.
The act was grounds for a duel. The beard was a sign of a virility and honor.
35. Epictetus saw his beard as an integral part of his identity and held that he would rather be executed than submit to any force demanding he remove it.
36. The International Boxing Association prohibits amateur boxers from having beards.
37. The Cincinnati Reds banned beards only to later abolish the policy following the sale of the team in 1999 by Marge Schott.
During the enforced policy players were not allowed to have beards, long sideburns or even mustaches; all had to be completely clean shaven to play.
38. Biologists characterize beards as a secondary sexual characteristic as they are unique to one sex.
However beards do not play a primary role in reproduction.
39. Ancient Greeks commonly curled their beards with tongs to produce hanging curls.
40. Anglo-Saxons had beards until the advent of Christianity in the 7th century.
However when Christianity came around the clergy introduced a new law that required them to shave.
41. In the early 1600s, the painter Sir Anthony Vandyke began to paint aristocrats with pointed beards.
This style of beard soon was called the Vandyke.
42. A famous beard style thanks to Abraham Lincoln, is the chin curtain.
43. In the 16th century, men started experimenting with their beards and came up with trends such as the forked beard and even a style called the stiletto beard.
44. Dihydrotestosterone is the chemical that promotes both beards and balding among men.
Seasonal changes affect its level in the body, making for bushier summer beards.
45. It’s estimated that 33% of American males have facial hair.
46. More men have facial hair when the marriage market is booming.
When it’s on a decline and finding a wife is tougher, more men shave their stache. Scientists believe men shave to make women feel safer.
47. 98% of the Forbes 100 list of the world’s richest men are clean-shaven.
48. Surprisingly, the longest female beard ever recorded was measured at 30cm.
49. The only king without a moustache in a deck of cards is the king of hearts.
50. The average moustache will trap a pint and a half of beer ever single year.
Top 29 Best Watches Under $500 For Men
With cellphones so ubiquitous, your watch choice can be less about telling time and more about personal style. However, a watch is not ‘just’ a watch. For example, the vast majority are made for right-handed people, but a select few cater to the lefties among us. There is a wide range in functionality and size.
The wristwatch is also one of the few socially acceptable accessories for men, so why not have a small selection? If you’re not cashing a CEO’s paycheck just yet, here are the top 28 most handsome watches for men that retail for under $500.
Got a bigger budget? Then check out our guide to the best men’s watches under $1000 instead.
Top 29 Best Watches Under $500 For Men
1. Tommy Hilfiger Stainless Steel Men’s Watch
If you like the feel of a pliable, non-metal band but aren’t comfortable with genuine leather, this watch comes equipped with a handsome synthetic band. At 46mm in diameter, this watch is perfect for men of smaller stature, as it will not overpower your hand or make it look like you’re wearing your father’s watch. With bold Arabic numerals, a stainless steel case, and classic styling, this watch is an outstanding choice for an everyday watch and the man on a budget.
2. Nordgreen Pioneer – Black Dial
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Not everyone has an endless amount of cash to drop on a luxury timepiece. If you’re money-conscious but want something high-end, then why not consider the Nordgreen Pioneer.
An inspired take on a classic Chronograph, Nordgreen celebrates the Danish with what they call a timepiece “that captures the sustainable future.” Available in various dial colors from blue, black, and white. There’s even the choice of three case colors – gunmetal, silver, and rose gold. A perfect addition to the collection of any watch enthusiast.
3. Fossil Grant Brown Leather WatchCheck Price
This lovely offering by Fossil features slim Roman numeral hour markers and delicate cut-out hands. The casing is stainless steel and is water-resistant to 165 feet, making it a great dive watch. The band is made of supple, soft calfskin leather and uses a buckle closure.
Of course, this timepiece also comes with the generous 11-year warranty and it’s own fun tin. This watch oozes class and is great for nearly every occasion in your life.
4. Citizen Sport Stainless Steel Men’s Watch With Brown Leather Band
If you don’t want to deal with changing out a battery in a digital watch, this watch is powered by either natural or indoor lighting. The mineral crystal face and stainless steel case make this watch water-resistant to 330 feet, making it a great choice for swimmers and snorkelers.
Handsome and utilitarian, this is a great watch for everyday wear. It’s one of the best watches for men who are always on the go.
5. Fossil Men’s Machine Chronograph Silicone Watch
This watch was designed with the active man in mind. The knurled silicone band stands up to sweat and oils without issue, and the timepiece itself is water-resistant to 165 feet.
The patterned bezel and quality craftsmanship of the black dial is excellent, as is to be expected from a Fossil watch. It even comes in the iconic and collectible tin!
6. Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Watch
This men’s watch features Japanese quartz movement that charges itself indoors or out when exposed to light, making it a great choice for those who don’t want to change out the battery too often. The stitched canvas strap is soft against your skin and will wick away moisture, while the mineral crystal face stands up to the rigors of your everyday life.
Water-resistant to 330 feet, this dive watch is a classic and simple design you’ll be proud of for years to come.
7. Invicta Pro Diver Chronograph Men’s Watch
Another gorgeous offering by Invicta, this watch features a bold design with a slightly nautical feel to it. It will look at home whether you’re wearing a business suit or are going for a dive of less than 660 feet. This piece is also covered by a one-year warranty as a matter of course. The luminosity feature and magnified date window make it a great choice if you work or play in low light.
If you want something that looks like a Tag Heuer but without the luxury watch brand price tag, this is a good option!
8. Casio Edifice Multi-Function Men’s Watch
This watch has three sub-dials for 12 hour, 60 minute and 60-second displays, in addition to the standard time. It also features a fold-over, push-down clasp on the stainless strap, keeping it secure throughout your activities. If you’re looking for a classy timepiece that shrieks sophistication, this is a great choice.
9. Fossil Machine Three Hand Stainless Steel Men’s Watch
This quality watch is a chameleon piece. It looks at home as a dress watch riding below the cuff of your best suit, and it also looks great paired with jeans and a t-shirt. Backed by Fossil’s 11-year warranty as a matter of course and beautifully crafted, this smoke-colored piece is guaranteed to become the go-to accessory for nearly every occasion.
10. MVMT Watches Black Face Men’s Watch
If you like the look of a simple watch, this minimalist offering from MVMT is right up your alley. With just a plain black face, tick marks to denote the hours and a single date window, there is nothing overdone or extravagant about this design. The is understated and suited to the simple design. It’s definitely a classy, low-key piece for the budget-conscious.
11. Timex Weekender Watch
If you’re looking for a fun watch to pair with casual outfits, this is a great option. The band is blue and yellow woven nylon, and the face features both civilian and military timekeeping. An Indiglo night light is also included. This watch is water-resistant to 99 feet, meaning it can withstand splashes of water or exposure to rain but you won’t want to submerge it.
12. PUMA Ultrasize Black Sport Men’s Watch
Boasting a 50mm diameter, this piece is perfect for the large-framed man or one who likes to wear his accessories oversized. A true fashion statement, this sports watch comes in eight different colors schemes to match your favorite hues.
Do be aware, however, that the dial knob is configure for left-handed men!
13. Timex Easy Reader Men’s Watch
Another dress watch designed with the older gentleman in mind, this watch features a white dial with generously sized numerals that do not appear comical to the casual observer.
It’s also an excellent choice if you take your contacts out at night and still want to be able to check the time. With classic lines and a simple white face, the watch would not be out of place at any casual gathering. It comes with Timex’s one-year warranty at no additional charge.
14. Fossil Nate Men’s Chronograph Watch
For men who like a more gritty, industrial feel to their accessories, this Fossil watch is right on point. The bezel is gear-edged and the face is utilitarian black and gray. Water-resistant to 165 feet, this watch is a great choice if you like your adornments to be understated yet add visual interest.
It’s definitely a stand-out piece, for those who would take notice!
15. Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Men’s Watch
Featuring an indigo night light, tachymeter, a date window and a buckle closure, this watch is perfect for men who like to work or play outdoors. It is also water-resistant to 330 feet, making it a great choice for snorkeling or swimming.
You won’t want to wear it for diving, however. With classic, black styling and a genuine crystal face, this is a timepiece that will stand the test of time in both form and function.
16. Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Men’s Watch
This Seiko automatic watch has all the bells and whistles you need, but presents it all in a plain and strikingly attractive manner. It features a date window in either English or Spanish, sword-shaped hands, a sweeping second hand and a mineral dial window. This is a great option for the man on the go. The canvas strap can be removed and hand-washed if sweat or other odors become an issue.
This watch is not water-resistant, so you’ll only want to wear it when you won’t be popping by the pool for a swim!
17. Invicta Pro Diver Collection Silver-Tone Men’s Watch
For those who prefer an all-metal timepiece, the stainless steel Invicta fits the bill nicely. It has a similar aesthetic to a Tag Heuer watch, but at a more affordable price. Equipped with a unilateral bezel and removable links, the band can be customized to fit your wrist perfectly. The face is flame fusion crystal and features a magnifier to highlight the date window.
It’s also water-resistant to 660 feet. If you’re looking for a gorgeous watch that stands up to an active lifestyle, this is an excellent choice.
18. Seiko Men’s Adventure-Solar Classic Casual Watch
This Seiko watch derives its power from either natural or indoor light and can withstand water depths of up to 330 feet. The supple brown leather strap and timeless brushed steel give this piece an attractive look, and the alarm chronograph is easy to set.
If you’re looking for a watch that can serve as a backup for your wake-up call while traveling, stand up to the elements and look awesome, this casual wrist watch is a winner.
19. Nautica Men’s Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Resin Band
Featuring a plethora of options and a smart, snappy style, this a great casual watch with a eye-catching blue dial. The hardy resin band is adjustable, and the face is protected by a mineral window. Whether for work or play, this bold blue design is handsome and substantial on the wrist. It comes with Nautica’s five-year warranty at no additional charge.
20. Citizen Sport Men’s Stainless Steel Watch with Black Leather Band
The black, red and white face of this piece eschews the traditional two-tone color scheme so often employed in other watches, and the contrasting stitching on the band adds creative flair. It comes backed by Citizen’s five-year warranty and will compliment any casual outfit.
21. Alessi Tic15 Analog Display Analog Quartz Black Men’s Watch
Another not-quite-round offering on our list, the curved square casing of this piece gives it instant visual appeal. Sleek and clean, this unfussy design will be a compliment to almost any occasion. It has quartz movement and is water-resistant to 99 feet, making it a great choice for everyday wear.
22. Invicta 1517 I Force Collection Watch
Another on our list designed for left-handed men, this watch is something special. Water-resistant to 330 feet and featuring oversize stenciled numbers and a sub dial, this watch is great for any casual outfit. The cloth band is extremely durable and stands up to dirt, sweat and grime.
If you lead an active lifestyle, this watch will be right at home in your collection.
23. TRIWA Blue Steel Nevil Canvas Watch
This watch comes in a whopping 14 color variations, all of them beautiful. You may decide to add more than one to your collection!
Designed in Sweden, this watch features Japanese quartz movement, a stainless steel casing and a strap made from Tärnsjö organic leather. TRIWA, which stands for Transforming the Industry of Watches, believes in the artistry of fine jewelry and it shows in their product.
24. Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Watch
Another fine dress watch from the makers of the Swiss Army knife, this watch is emblazoned with the internally recognized cross and shield emblem. It has no sub-dials, tachymeter or other add-ons to detract from its simple and appealing style.
This watch will be at home with all but the most formal of outfits and carries a two-year warranty.
25. Ingersoll Automatic Stainless Steel Bull Run Watch
Again, Ingersoll remakes the classics and brings them into the present day. With a highly polished stainless steel casing, two sub-dials, a date aperture and arrow-shaped hands, this quartz watch is beautiful.
The band features contrasting stitching on the fine-grain leather, adding depth and detail to the workmanship. This watch will compliment any casual occasion and can be relied upon for years to come.
26. Tissot Quickster Chronograph Black Leather Men’s Watch
Made with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and Swiss automatic movement, this watch is a smart and utilitarian choice. If you’re looking for a solid Swiss watch that isn’t flashy, this is an excellent option. It’s also guaranteed for two years.
27. Seiko Sport Solar Men’s Beige Watch
Are you getting tired of squinting down at your watch or holding it closer and closer to your face? Don’t worry, we all get a bit nearsighted with age, especially over the age of 40.
If you’re not quite ready for reading glasses or a comically huge watch, this is a great choice from Seiko. The numerals, indices and luminous hands stand out in stark white against a black background, and the numerals are generous in size. It’s a perfect casual watch for the older gentleman.
28. Seiko Men’s 5 Watch Blue Canvas Band
This simple and affordable watch has a clean, crisp aesthetic to it and doesn’t bog down its design with a ton of bells and whistles. It’s time and date, end of.
If you want a watch for casual wear, this Seiko is a shoo-in. The band is forgiving and comfortable against your wrist, and it’s blue color will likely compliment your existing wardrobe. The price is also extremely affordable.
29. Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Stainless Steel Watch With Brown Leather Band
Featuring the Hilfiger logo at the three o’clock position, this wrist watch is a statement piece. It is a bright, shiny stainless steel work of art that you’ll be proud to wear at all but the most stuffy of workplaces. The calfskin leather band uses a buckle closure and the date window is beside the logo at three o’clock.
If you’re a fan of Tommy clothing, cologne or luggage, you can complete your look with this stunning accessory.