Five interesting facts about beards
Pay for the privilege?
On Sept. 5, 1698, Russia’s Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
Don’t wear them in war
Alexander the Great forced his army to shave off their beards. He said: “Don’t you know that in battles there is nothing handier to grasp than a beard.”
A natural sunscreen
A study published in the Radiation Protection Dosimetry, conducted by the University of Southern Queensland, found beards offer 90 to 95 percent protection from harmful UV rays.
They can stir fear
Some people are terrified whenever they spot a beard. This disorder has been named Pogonophobia.
A kid coaxed Lincoln
As legend has it, 11-year-old Grace Bedell, of New York, drafted up a letter to President Lincoln suggesting his appearance would benefit immensely from growing a beard.