Astonishing facts about beards you've never heard before
Have you ever thought why men have beards? Is there any function at all? As it turns out, there are some historical and natural reasons for wearing a beard. Find out more about them in this intriguing article!
A beard is a natural filter that decreases the amount of UV irradiation reaching men's skin. Thus it cuts down the opportunity of having skin cancer and minimizes aging. Besides, there is a risk to harm your skin with a razor.
Being a natural filter, beard prevents dust and air pollution to get on skin and into the mouth, the nose and lungs. If a beard covers the neck, it works like a scarf - warms and saves from cold.
Theoretically, if a man will not shave or cut his beard for his entire life, it can reach the length of 29 feet. However, researches show that it reaches the length of 5 feet. The longest beard belonged to Norwegian-American farmer Hans Nilson Langseth. His beard measured 17.5 feet.
Approximately half of men in the world wear beards. Yet, not all of them grew their own one. Some men naturally cannot have a proper beard. The recent beard trend increased the quantity of a beard transplantation surgeries in 600 % from 2008 to 2013. Such an operation costs more than 4000$.
Only royal people had their right to have a beard at those times. They dyed they beards with alcanna and weaved golden ribbons into them to adorn. Metal artificial beards were used for royal men funerals as a part of the mummy.
Even women-pharaohs were wearing their artificial beards to emphasize their nobleness, for instance, Hatshepsut pharaoh. That was not very comfortable but "noblesse oblige".
The longest natural woman's beard belongs to Vivian Wheeler from the U. S. A. Its length is 11 inches. She was inscribed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2014 for the longest beard on a woman.
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