It’s official, beards are trending. More and more guys are keeping beards these days as people now find them fascinating. So just before you join the trend (or maybe you are growing a beard already), there are facts about beards you need to know.

Below are 15 facts about beards every man should know

1. Beards were once taxed. Peter the Great encouraged beardlessness in men and for those who didn’t comply, he taxed them 100 rubles a year for a medallion.

2. If you were to stop shaving forever, your beard will be approximately 7.5 feet long.

3. High-ranking ancient Egyptians dyed their beards and plaited them with gold thread. They also sported false metal beards as a symbol of sovereignty.

4. Beards make you 63% more likely to win any staring contest.

5. Pogonophobia is an abnormal or persistent fear of beards.

6. Otto the Great always swore by his beard when saying anything serious.

7. Facial hair grows faster when a man hasn’t had s*x in a while.

8. Beards grow 5.5 inches per year. In fact, the number of whiskers on the face of an average man is 30,000.

9. The average man spends 3,350 hours shaving in his lifetime.

10. Women find a man with a full beard more attractive than a clean-shaven man according to studies.

11. Beards never grow faster as you shave. It’s a myth.

12. Beards were dangerous in hand-to-hand combat. Alexander the Great made all his soldiers shave before the battle of Ardela.

13. Before Sir Thomas More was beheaded in 1535, he moved his lengthy beard aside, saying “it had never committed any treason.”

14. Ancient philosophers always retained their beards as a badge of their profession.

15. The longest beard in the world on a living male is 1.83 metres long when measured from the end of the chin to the tip and the proud owner is Shamsher Singh of Punjab, India.