2007/09/05

Revive the beard tax!

In 1705 Tsar Pyotr I of Russia ("Peter the Great"), as part of his Westernizing reforms, decreed that all men except church clergy must shave their beards. However, if you wanted to keep your beard you just had to pay a tax, which was verified by the receipt of this coin:
Seems to me that a coin with a bizarre disembodied beard would alone be worth the cost of the tax. This policy would also be effective in cracking down on hipsters. I think the time for the beard tax has once again arrived.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

I go to BYU - the LDS/Mormon University. Beards aren't allowed as part of the dress code here (moustaches are okay), but if you have a religious/medical/performing arts (bearded character in a play) excuse, you can file some papers with the grooming and dress office and with committee approval you can get... wait for it... a beard card. Without flashing a beard card, no one will serve you on campus in any of the eateries, the testing center, or the offices and you're open to admonishment from the professors during class. Not quite the same as a cool coin, but still a similar (and lasting)tradition.