Trivia

Hard

Sideburns, The Facial Hair Style, Derive Their Name From?

A Farming Implement
An American General
A British Drinking Game
A Ship Cleaning Method
A portrait of Major General Ambrose E. Burnside.
United States Library of Congress

Answer: An American General

If you’ve ever sported a pair of sweet sideburns, facial hair grown down the side of the face but not connected in the middle, you can thank American Civil War general Ambrose Burnside. While certainly not the first person to sport an unusual facial hairstyle, the General’s giant patches of hair on either cheek linked by a mustache pushed the style into fashion in America in the 1870s.

While initially worn in the odd bare-chin styling preferred by the General, fashions changed and men started shaving the mustache section, leaving both their upper lip and chin bare. Around the same time the name of the style “burnsides” became corrupted into “sideburns”, both the new name and the new styling stuck.

The style and name persists to the present, although modern sideburns are typically a much tamer affair that extend slightly down and past the ear instead of across the entire cheek as was fashionable in the 19th century.

Trivia

Hard

A Nihilartikel Is A Device Used To Entrap?

Trivia

Hard

The Oldest Surviving Latin Prose Is A Text About?

Trivia

Hard

Which Planet Was The First To Be Mathematically Predicted Before Direct Observation?

Trivia

Hard

Which Nation’s Flag Includes A Nod To The United Nations?

Trivia

Easy

What Was the First Commercial Product to Use a Barcode?

Trivia

Very Hard

What Was The World’s First Code-Breaking Computer?

Trivia

Hard

Which Country Was The First To Ban Video Games?

Trivia

Easy

The Most Malleable Metal Is?

Trivia

Hard

What Did The First Vending Machine Dispense?

Trivia

Hard

What Causes Wint-O-Green Candies To “Spark” In Your Mouth?