Five interesting facts about beards

September 4, 2018

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.

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