In a recent study co-authored by University of Utah professor David Carrier, it has been suggested that beards can provide more than just a good look. They actually may be able to provide protection in a fight! The study has garnered enough attention to be awarded a 2021 Ig Nobel Peace Prize. First awarded in 1991, Ig Nobel Prizes, presented by Marc Abrahams of the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research, are intended to celebrate science that "first make people laugh, and then make them think." This study definitely makes you think, and encourages you to keep growing that protective Mane!