Pat Morita was originally denied the opportunity to audition for the role of Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid and only got the part because he grew his hair and beard out during a low point in his life and the producers didn't recognize him when he he was accidentally invited for a script reading. youtube.com/watch?v=MoBeH…
When Radovan KaradΕΎiΔ‡ went into hiding, he became Dr. DabiΔ‡. He lost 20 kilos. He grew a long white beard, changed his accent and was living in the open and working as a healer. He even went on TV shows without anyone knowing that he was the most wanted war criminal from the former Yugoslavia vanityfair.com/news/2020/…
The former ruler of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov (also called Turkmenbashi), outlawed beards, lip syncing, and gold teeth because all three annoyed him. slate.com/human-interest/…
A study found that beards are capable of lessening the damage from blunt force trauma; researchers postulate that men may have evolved beards for protection against male competition. independent.co.uk/life-st…
The reason why Amish grow beards but shave their mustaches is to represent their pacifism. The Amish associate mustaches with the military and thus they shave their mustaches to show they would never serve in warfare. The Amish who did serve did so in the Civilian Service Corps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ami…
Tsar Peter the Great put a special tax on men who grew beards smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Spain won basketball gold at the 2000 Paralympics but most of the team wasn't disabled. The coach asked the team to slow their scoring because they were playing too well. When journalists became suspicious, they were encouraged to grow beards and wear hats so as not to be recognisable. telegraph.co.uk/sport/299…
Babe Ruth once put on a fake beard so he could play baseball for a team made up of religious cult members mashable.com/2017/05/20/h…
Museum staffs broke Tutankhamun's beard by recklessly handling the artifact, which then lead them to attempt fixing it using super glue theguardian.com/world/201…
Angus McDonagh designed and printed his own fake postage stamps, with images of himself wearing an eye patch, a beret and a Father Christmas beard. He successfully used them to post over 100 letters. stampcircuit.com/Magazine…
There is no established reason why men have beards. Possible explanations include beards increasing attractiveness to women (inter-sexual selection) or increasing dominance amongst other males (intra-sexual selection) by signalling sexual maturity and increasing perceived jaw size. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Soon after the iconic photograph of him was taken, Karl Marx had his beard and hair shaved researchgate.net/figure/L…
Joel Strasser holds the world record for most toothpicks in a beard: 3,500. He also broke the record for most chopsticks (520), baubles (302), forks (121), and golf tees (607) in a beard guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The evolution of the beard could have happened to better absorb punches - Beard hair can absorb 37% of the bumps. Research by biologists from the university of utah. academic.oup.com/iob/arti…
Today I learned about the existence of Monkey Tail Beards and that there is a world record for largest gathering of people with them on their faces. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
In 1567, the man with the world’s longest-ever beard broke his neck and died after tripping over it. cabinetofcuriosities.ca/s…
The CIA not only tried to assassinate Fidel Castro literally but also tried their hand in character assassination including using thallium salts to attempt to destroy his famous beard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
The last major US presidential candidate to wear a beard was Charles Evans Hughes, who was defeated in the 1916 presidential election. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about 25% of American men can't grow beards bodylogicmd.com/life-with…
Today I learned about Dewey Beard, the last Native American veteran of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn. In 1892, his family was killed by the US Army at the Wounded Knee Massacre, and he was shot. In 1942, the Department of War confiscated his land to form a firing range. He died in poverty in 1955. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dew…
Today I learned of Hatshepsut, the first female ruler of ancient Egypt who acted as a full pharaoh. In art, she had herself depicted as a male ruler; she wore a false beard, had her breasts reduced and deemphasized, and her shoulders portrayed as broad and manly. She brought Egypt into a period of prosperity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Parodies of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa date back to atleast 1887 when EugΓ¨ne Bataille created Mona Lisa Smoking a Pipe. Another classic parody is Marcel Duchamp's, 1919, L.H.O.O.Q. which is a postcard of the painting with a drawn on moustache and beard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.H…
Hans Langseth, a Norwegian farmer, travelled across the US as part of a freakshow because of his beard and that when he died, hos beard measured 17.5ft in length. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
The reason President Abraham Lincoln grew his iconic beard was because of a letter from an 11 year old girl Grace Bedell. She sent him a letter encouraging him to grow his beard in exchange for her to convince her older brothers to vote for him. abrahamlincolnonline.org/…
It takes two to six months to grow a full beard but it depends on genetics, testosterone levels and lifestyle choices. At six years, the beard is the longest it will ever be and hairs will start falling out on its own menshairstylestoday.com/h…
In 2006 Turkmenistan leader cancelled pensions to a third of pensioners saying payments were inflated. The same leader who reportedly banned gold teeth, smoking, video games, recorded music, lip-syncing, makeup on newscasters, owning more than one cat/dog, young men from growing beards/long hair theguardian.com/world/200…
Male Billy Goats smell so bad because they urinate on their own head, beard, and front legs to smell more attractive to females during their mating season animals.mom.me/billy-goat…
James and Betty Jones learned what a James Beard Award was on the day that they won one. atlasobscura.com/places/j…
The model for Uncle Sam on the famous 1917 poster β€œI Want You” is the face of the painter, James Montgomery who used his own picture in order to avoid the need to find a model. For effect, he aged his portrait and added the goatee beard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
A long full grown beard without a mustache, like the type worn by Amish men, is called a "Shenandoah", which is not to be confused with the "chinstrap" which also is a beard without a mustache but does not extend below the jawline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Some non-redheaded men have red beards because they have one copy of the MC1R gene. Two copies would make them fully redheads motherboard.vice.com/en_u…
Beards can have a cheesy smell because of the odorless fatty acid in sweat that mixes with bacteria since the bacteria is feeding off of the sweat. Women have a similar problem with bacteria consuming their sweat, but the smell created is oniony malegroomed.com/why-does-…
Emperor Meiji of Japan (1852-1912) was the last Japanese emperor to wear a full beard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
A man shaved his beard on Tinder to see how his results would change. The beard profile received more matches (64 out of 94) and generally received twice as many matches from white women as the non-beard profile. More Asian women preferred non beard boredpanda.com/tinder-bea…
In 2014 the beard of the Golden Mask of Tutankhamun fell off as it was cleaned by Museum employees, trying to cover up their mistake they tried to glue it back on with quick-dry plastic glue, leaving it off-center. This was later noticed and the employees got charged with "reckless destruction". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
The beard of Tutankhamun’s golden mask fell off during a cleaning process in the Egyptian Museum in 2014. The workers used epoxy glue to reattach the beard, but since it wasn’t the professional method and permanent damage had been done, they were prosecuted in 2016 bbc.com/news/world-middle…
Today I learned of Wilgefortis, a female saint whose distinguishing feature is a large beard, which grew after she prayed God to make her repulsive in order to avoid an unwanted marriage. She is the patron saint of women seeking refuge of abusive husbands, and the patron saint of facial hair en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Half of the Men of Rohan riders in Lord of the Rings were played by female professional horse riders who the makeup team covered with fake beards screenrant.com/lord-of-th…
A beard transplant procedure takes an entire day, and can run up to $10,000 for a full beard. The doctor and technicians remove hair strands with the follicles intact from another part of the body -- usually the bottom of the back of the head. It's moved to where it is wanted on the face cnn.com/2014/03/13/health…
The now-ubiquitous tradition in sports of growing a playoff beard was started by the Islanders during their NHL dynasty in the early 1980s nhl.com/islanders/news/ma…
In 1567 Hans Steininger, the man with the world’s longest-ever beard, which measured four and a half feet long, broke his neck and died after tripping over it edtimes.in/a-man-died-by-…
Hans Steininger, a 16th century German Mayor of a small town, died by tripping on his beard. It was over 4 and a Β½ feet long and he usually kept it tucked away in a pocket, but during a town fire he forgot to put it in and tripped on in it in the chaos, breaking his neck. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about cowboy bob, a female bank robber from Texas who wore a cowboy hat, a fake beard, boots a size too big, never harmed anyone in any of her robberies and evaded detection for as long as she did due to her disguise. texasmonthly.com/articles…
When Lois Ellen Frank first proposed her 2003 James Beard Award–winning cookbook on Native American foods, publishers told her there was no such cuisine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi…
Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac played a fish alien on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation', shaved his iconic beard for the part, and had to do 19 takes to say one line, "Food." memory-alpha.fandom.com/w…
Researchers found that women who were interested in a fling liked the scruffy look, showing a high preference for men with light and heavy stubble and little interest in the clean-shaved baby-faced look. But for women searching for someone to settle down with, the longer the beard the better globalnews.ca/content/428…
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei published photos of himself with Lego hanging off his moustache and beard, celebrating the toymaker’s decision to back down on rules that blocked his bulk order of bricks reuters.com/article/us-le…
Father Christmas was many colours including green and brown. He was depicted in many ways too. Coca Cola helped standardized the red coat and big beard look through its marketing. solosophie.com/why-is-fat…
The US military allows Norse Heathens to grow beards and the Hammer of Thor symbol is allowed on headstones. armytimes.com/news/your-a…
The Jacobite Earl of Nithsdale was sentenced to the axe. His wife paid a final visit to the Tower of London, accompanied by two maids. They dressed him in women's clothes, a headdress and caked his face in make-up to hide his long beard. The transvestite Lord then simply walked out of his cell londonist.com/london/hist…
Facial hair doesn't "stop growing", but rather each follicle has a limited lifespan. People who can grow longer beards have follicles that survive for longer before falling out wisebeards.com/beards/bea…
Prior to Cleopatra’s reign, a woman named Hatshepsut was the first woman to gain full power of the pharoah position. After the death of her husband (and half-brother), she handled state affairs for her step-son, and ordered that she be portrayed as a male pharoah with beard and muscles history.com/topics/ancien…
The Patron Saint of Beards is a bearded woman, Saint Wilgefortis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In Lord of the Rings The Two Towers the majority of the Rohirrim(Riders of Rohan) were actually female stunt riders with fake beards/make up.(30:24) youtu.be/Rg4VkFWBby4
"Growing the beard" is the polar opposite of "Jumping the shark" and describes the moment a TV Series became awesome. tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwik…
In 17th century Russia, bearded man were required to pay a tax in order to be able to keep it. They also had to carry a token with the phrase "the beard is a superfluous burden" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Today I learned of Gary Weddle a schoolteacher who stopped shaving on 9/11 and vowed he would not shave his beard until Osama Bin Laden was captured or killed. 9.5 years later, he was finally able to shave it off. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
In the United States, there tend to be more friendlier beard regions. Beards are in vogue right now in an urban area like NYC (Brooklyn specifically) or Austin, while beards are more rare in the workplace in more rural areas toolsofmen.com/beard-job-…
The beard of Tutankhamun's golden mask fell off during the cleaning process in the Egyptian Museum in 2014. The workers used epoxy glue to reattach the beard, but since that was not the professional method and permanent damage was done to the mask they were prosecuted for this in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tut…
After his crimes were discovered, serial killer Marcel Petiot grew a beard and joined the police using the alias Captain Valeri. "Valeri" was assigned to find Petiot until someone recognized him, months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
At the end of the 17th century in an attempt to modernize society, Russian Emperor Peter the Great taxed any men who didn't shave their beard. Those that paid the tax carried around a copper or bronze token as proof they had paid. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about Marcel Petiot, who after being discovered as a serial killer, hid, grew a beard and adopted the name Henri Valeri. Under that name he joined the French Forces and even became a Captain. After a new search started for Marcel Petiot, Henri Valeri was among those who were drafted to find him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
As part of a set of sweeping reforms designed to modernise his empire, Tsar Peter I of Russia implemented a tax on beards in 1698. historychannel.com.au/art…
A sailor who wishes to grow a beard in the Royal Navy has to submit a β€˜permission to stop shaving’ form. He is then allowed two weeks to β€˜grow a full set’ before he presents himself to the Master at Arms who will decide if his beard looks stupid or is respectably full enough to be permitted. qi.com/infocloud/moustach…
In late 60s a group of imposters from Texas pretended to be the British rock band the Zombies and toured throughout the U.S to sold out shows. Two of those imposters (Dusty Hill and Frank Beard) would go on to form ZZ Top. betweenthelinernotes.com/…
Peter the Great instituted tax on having a beard after his months-long visit to Europe, after which he began to modernize Russia in a number of ways, including imposing a tax on beards smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The New York Yankees have a corporate policy that allows employees to grow mustaches, but not beards. This includes all front office, on field staff, coaches, and players. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Hans Staininger, the burgomaster of Braunau (then Bavaria, now Austria), died in 1567 when he broke his neck by tripping over his own beard. The beard, which was 4.5 feet (1.4 m) long at the time, was usually kept rolled up in a leather pouch but not on that specific day. health.howstuffworks.com/…
When the term "Beaver" was first used, it was slang for a man’s beard. By the late 1920s, β€˜beaver’ became a taboo item, and the Canadian Magazine "The Beaver" changed to "Canada's History" in 2010 due to the double entendre macleans.ca/news/canada/h…
In 1698 Peter The Great of Russia introduced a beard tax, and anyone who didn't pay it was publicly and forcibly shaved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Hans Steininger the man known for having the largest beard ever, 1.5 m (4 feet) was also know for the way that he died. Tripping on said beard and breaking his neck. cabinetofcuriosities.ca/s…
The pirate Hayreddin "Red beard" Barbarossa (1478-1546) was exiled from so many countries that he ended up starting his own country (Regency of Algiers) with the blessing of The Ottoman Empire which became present day Algeria, Tunisia and parts of Morocco. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay…
The more likely a man can grow a beard, the greater the risk he will go bald. beardcoach.com/2009/11/wh…
Employees of Disney World and Disneyland were prohibited from having mustaches, beards and goatees for nearly 50 years until the ban was lifted in 2012. Soul patches are still banned. theguardian.com/world/201…
As the strongest and most imposing members of a company, British Pioneer Sergeants would march with a shovel and axe to clear a path for troops, kill horses wounded in battle, and grow beards for protection while smithing. forces.tv/42849745
In 1698 Peter The Great introduced the β€œBeard Tax” after he visited Western Europe and liked their fashion sense. Anyone with a beard was forced to pay tax for it, and in turn given a beard token. If you were stopped by the police without the token they would immediately shave your face on sight mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Every US president with a beard has been a Republican. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1968, Russian Emperor Peter the Great instituted a beard tax on his subjects. To enforce the ban, he empowered police to forcibly and publicly shave those who refused to pay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The more likely a man can grow a beard, the greater the risk he will go bald. beardcoach.com/2009/11/wh…
On November 17, 1997, Pro Wrestler Rick Rude appeared on both the WWF's Raw Is War and WCW's Monday Nitro in the same night. A mustached Rude appeared on Nitro, which was live. An hour later on Raw Is War (which had been taped six days earlier), Rude then appeared with a full beard. youtube.com/watch?v=ChfWH…
A few weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected president, 11 year old Grace Bedell sent Lincoln a letter encouraging him to grow a beard, writing, "All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you..." By the time of his inauguration, Lincoln had a full beard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The government-owned Topkapi Museum in Turkey claims to possess and display holy relics like the Staff of Moses and pieces of the Prophet Muhammad's beard topkapisarayi.gov.tr/en/c…
Today I learned of the word "aptronym", used for a personal name aptly or peculiarly suited to its owner, and its opposite, "inaptronym". Examples of inaptronyms are Frank Beard, the only member of ZZ Top to not have a beard, and Donald Black, white supremacist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apt…
Dwayne Johnson's beard prosthetic for the movie Hercules was made of Yak pubic hair. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
A man swore to never shave again if Abraham Lincoln were elected president, and kept his promise. His beard eventually grew so long that most days he tied it in a knot and stuffed it into a silk bag that he wore beneath his vest. He died 50 years later at the age of 80 with a beard 12.5' long. lukebauserman.com/theweek…
"Cotton Candy" is called "Fairy Floss" in Australia, "Grandma's Hair" in Hebrew, "Father's Beard" in French, "Ghost's Breath" in Afrikaans, and "Girl's Hair" in Arabic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
In Egypt 1503 BC, Hatshepsut became the second woman to rule and chose to take the title of king. She donned male clothing and wore a false beard. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Walt Whitman published a self-help series called Manly Health and Training under a pen name. It recommended beards, nude sunbathing, comfortable shoes, bathing daily in cold water, eating meat almost exclusively, plenty of fresh air, and getting up early. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
In 2010 a Kentucky man was beaten and forced at gunpoint to eat his own beard during a dispute over the price of a used riding lawnmower. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
A sailor in the British Royal Navy may only grow a beard if they can achieve a 'respectably full enough beard' after two weeks' growth. qi.com/infocloud/moustach…
Every U.S. president with a beard has been a Republican en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The French word for candy floss is barbe Γ  papa, which means daddy’s beard. indifferentlanguages.com/…
The only member of ZZ Top without a long beard is named Frank Beard drummerworld.com/drummers…
A man was arrested for 'kidnapping' his own son, after neighbours didn't recognise him with his new beard independent.co.uk/news/we…
Blackbeard would put slow-burning cannon fuses in his hair and beard that gave off smoke that would make sailors and merchants see, "Satan coming towards them" cnn.com/2011/US/06/17/bla…
Some men are getting "facial hair implants" because they can't grow full beards. Plastic surgeons say more men have been getting the surgery in recent years as beards have become trendier. dnainfo.com/new-york/2014…
Today I learned of Saint Wilgefortis. She prayed to God to save her from an unwanted wedding by becoming ugly and God gave her a beard. Then she was crucified by her angered father. Now she is a patron of women seeking refuge from abusive attention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The most pilots aren't allowed to have a beard because of the shape of an oxygen mask mybeardandcompany.com/blo…
A studies show facial hair popularity increases with the ratio of available men to women, and those with beards are percieved as more dominant, suggesting the purpose is to compete for status rather than attract mates bbc.com/future/story/2016…
The CIA attempted a "character assassination" of Fidel Castro by putting thallium salts in his shoes, hoping it would cause his characteristic beard to fall out. maryferrell.org/showDoc.h…

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