In honor of this participant’s love of bangs, a collection of factoids for your next hair-themed trivia night:
In the 1860s, the term “bangtailed” was used to describe horses that had had their tails cropped. Shortly thereafter, people (predominantly in America) began referring to the hair cut above one’s eyebrows as “bangs.” Elsewhere in the world, the term “fringe” is more commonly used.
During Dwight Eisenhower’s 1952 presidential run, his campaign office got so many letters criticizing his wife’s bangs that they created a form response letter.
In the 1950s, a Scotch Tape ad recommended using the product when cutting bangs at home: “Fix fringe to forehead with Scotch Tape and cut across top of tape. Fringe cuts straight, hair trimmings stick to tape—won’t fall in eyes.”