Beard Exterminators

February 15, 2013 in Daily Bulletin

Most men shave their faces. Matt Siltala put together some interesting pieces of information about the practice:

  • The word ‘barbarian’ comes from ‘unbarbered’ – men with beards who did not shave. (Centives commenter jamapa writes that this is incorrect.)
  • Alexander the Great required his troops to be clean-shaven so that the enemy couldn’t grab onto their beards.
  • In the United States men on average shave 4.6 times a week.
  • They take about three and a half minutes to shave. This adds up to 38 days of shaving over a lifetime.
  • Across the world 15% of men shave in the shower. The rest shave at the sink.

Read more about beard and mustache records, as well as beard taxes over here.