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5 Facial Hair Facts: Beard Trivia

Think you know everything about beards? Check out these 5 fun follicle facts about facial hair — they'll surely "grow" on you!

Think you know everything there is to know about facial hair? Check out these 5 fun follicle facts about beards. They’ll surely grow on you!

5 Fun Facts About Beards

  1. During the Middle Ages, if a man even touched another man’s beard it was taken as an offensive gesture and could be grounds for a duel.
  2. In 1535, King Henry VIII introduced a tax on the beard, even though he had a beard himself.
  3. In 1698, Peter the Great of Russia encouraged men to keep their faces free from hair by taxing bearded men 100 rubles a year (which bought the hairy violator a medallion that served as a license-to-beard.)
  4. Pogonophobia is the fear of beards. (Who knew?)
  5. On average, a man’s beard will grow 5.5 inches per year.
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Jim Kneiszel

Jim Kneiszel is a freelance writer based in De Pere, Wisconsin. He edits a number of trade publications and runs The Word House with his wife, Judy. His article, Infuriating and Frightening Invasive Species appears in the 2021 Farmers' Almanac.

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