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Stop right there. If you haven’t read part one of this series, then get to it and come back for round two afterward. For those of you that have, we saw some long beards, some strong beards, and a whole lot more. In the sequel, we’re going to dive chin first into the history of beards and learn more about how we got to be the beard rocking badasses we are today. From an army of mustached men to makeshift clamshell straight razors, you’re bound to learn something from these seven beard-boggling beard facts. Without wasting any more time, let’s get down to the pores.

1. Beards Can Grow Taller Than The Person Wearing Them

Beards will continue to grow as long as you’re willing and able to allow them to. With beards averaging just over 5-inches in growth per year a well-maintained beard could theoretically outgrow its host. With that being said, this challenge is only for those gifted with incredible beard genetics, a hearty supply of Bossman’s Jelly Beard Oil, and maybe some Boss Booster to speed up the process.

2. Beards Used To Be Taxable

In 1698, Peter the Great of Russia put a beard tax in place in an effort to aline the Russian society with Western European models. Not only was there a tax in place charging people for their gorgeous face manes, but police were given the power to publicly shave the faces of those who went against him and refused to pay the tax. If you’re reading this with a beard wrapped around your face, wear it proudly. Wear it proudly for our bearded brothers who were publicly shaven for resisting the order to shave their beards.

3. Sleeping More Can Lead to a Better Beard

An increase in testosterone directly correlates to one’s ability to grow a thick and full beard. Knowing this and that sleep, a well-balanced diet, and exercise lead to increased testosterone we can infer that these all contribute to having the best beard possible. Hit the gym, eat good, and sleep it up, Bosses!

4. Men Used to Shave with Clamshells

Some 100,000 years ago men shaved using clamshells like tweezers. It took another 40,000 years for men to discover that obsidian, volcanic glass, could be used to shave instead of painfully ripping out the beard hairs themselves. No need for clamshells any more though, just use Bossman’s Straight Razor or Scythe to clean up those edges.

5. Otto the Great Loved His Beard More Than You

Otto the Great, whose reign is considered to be the true beginning of the Holy Roman Empire, was so proud of his beard that he would swear on it. No more swearing on your mother’s grave, or on your health, your money, your fame… it’s time to swear on our beards again gentlemen.

6. British Soldiers Used to be Required to Have Mustaches

From 1860 until 1916 British Soldiers sported some the best mustaches an Army has ever seen. Don’t think for a second this was something that the soldiers just decided to do one day either, Command No. 1,695 of the King’s Regulations read that, “The hair of the head will be kept short. The chin and the under lip will be shaved, but not the upper lip.” They definitely could have used some Bossman MUDstache to keep their upper lips fresh while heading into battle.

7. Egyptians Used to Wear Fake Beards

The richest and most powerful men in Egypt used to dye their beards and have them plaited/interwoven with gold thread. Pharaohs even wore fake beards since they were associated with divinity for their culture during that time. Instead of rocking fake beards they probably could’ve used some Boss Booster, but we’ll let it slide.

These facts might blow your mind, but don’t let them blow your beard off. If you’re going to walk away with one fact from this article let it be that beards are a symbol of masculinity, power, status, and general badassery. Fact #4 might have made you wonder what shaving with a clamshell might be like, but trust us when we say it isn’t worth trying. Let those beards grow and keep them looking great with the best beard products on earth from Bossman Brands.

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