Saturday is World Beard Day. (Why? Why not?) It’s a day to ponder the wondrous mysteries of the beard and celebrate the bearded individuals who walk among us.
In that spirit, we bring to you the story of the man widely regarded as having the longest beard in history.
His name is Hans Langseth, and he is a legend in the extremely-bearded community.
Langseth was born in Norway in 1846, but moved to America and raised his family there. He lived a long and fulfilling life, dying in 1927. Langseth had many passions, but his biggest was his beard. Smithsonian magazine explains:
Langseth began growing his prodigious bristles when he was just 19 years old to compete in a local beard-growing competition. After the competition ended, Langseth simply continued the effort. Though beard hair can only grow about four or five feet before dying off, Langseth matted the dead hair together in a coil, like that of today’s dreadlocks, to further lengthen and strengthen his beard.