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Old 11-27-2009, 06:48 AM   #10921 (permalink)
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From what little I can remember from distant hair and beard history, long hair and beard were or were probably seen as manly traits for a long time basically because men are hairy or generally have a higher capacity for hair than women so .. You know, if you were a proper barbarian or berserker viking, sporting a full beard and a long mane was probably masculine and cool.

Then the romans figured out that long hair and beards were a potential weakness in combat because they could be pulled and tugged at by your enemy. Your own beard in your eyes could probably mess up your orientation too. For that reason, their soldiers were clean shaven with short dos and not having a beard became the manly thing.

This is probably not accurate and may even be to a large extent wrong, but either way it's a good story.

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Old 11-27-2009, 06:52 AM   #10922 (permalink)
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I haven't been in this thread in ages. Not as many pictures as I was expecting, considering.

Here's me as if I were falling from my chair.
excellent, fits my mental image
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:42 AM   #10923 (permalink)
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From what little I can remember from distant hair and beard history, long hair and beard were or were probably seen as manly traits for a long time basically because men are hairy or generally have a higher capacity for hair than women so .. You know, if you were a proper barbarian or berserker viking, sporting a full beard and a long mane was probably masculine and cool.

Then the romans figured out that long hair and beards were a potential weakness in combat because they could be pulled and tugged at by your enemy. Your own beard in your eyes could probably mess up your orientation too. For that reason, their soldiers were clean shaven with short dos and not having a beard became the manly thing.

This is probably not accurate and may even be to a large extent wrong, but either way it's a good story.
Makes sense to me.
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:35 AM   #10924 (permalink)
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And that's why now I guess, soldiers shave their head and beards, and those who have long hair are somehow considered as rebels (or just hippies).
... still a good story by Tore.
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Old 11-27-2009, 03:29 PM   #10925 (permalink)
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And that's why now I guess, soldiers shave their head and beards, and those who have long hair are somehow considered as rebels (or just hippies).
... still a good story by Tore.
It may have started that way, but now I think the emphasis is on looking "professional" and "uniform".

As if that matters when you're putting a dozen 5.56 mm rounds into the upper torso of "the enemy"...
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Old 11-27-2009, 03:33 PM   #10926 (permalink)
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Me looking fierce in the lift today with my awesome new jumper.

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Old 11-27-2009, 03:34 PM   #10927 (permalink)
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Absolutely exhausted at the airport.


Aaaannd back in stupid hot Australia...
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:06 PM   #10928 (permalink)
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Me looking fierce in the lift today with my awesome new jumper.
You kind of look like a 60s British rock star.
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:21 PM   #10929 (permalink)
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^That's the first thing that jumped to mind.
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:38 PM   #10930 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if they're insults or compliments....

Oh well.
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