Monday, August 3, 2009

The Longest Beard Ever Measured

The beard is the fastest growing hair on the body of a human male. If a man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to around 9 metres long in his lifetime.

Selected Facts
  • Pogonotrophy (po-guh-NAW-truh-fee) is the name given to the cultivation of beards, beard-growing.
    Origins: [pogon (beard) + trophy (nourishment, growth)]

  • The longest beard ever measured was donated to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, in 1967. It belonged to Hans Langseth of Norway who at his death in 1927 had cultivated a beard 5.33 meters (17 feet 6 inches) long. I understand that visitors to the Smithsonian can view the beard so next time you're there don't miss it.

  • The longest beard belonging to a living person is that of Sikh, Shamsher Singh of Surrey, England whose beard last measured in at 2.36 meters or 7.7 3/4 ft setting a new Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 for the longest beard to be measured on live person.

Longest beard ever measured belonged to Hans Langseth from Norway who at his death in 1927 had cultivated a beard 5.33 metres (17 feet 6 inches) long.
Public Domain Image. Courtesy of North Dakota State University Libraries via Wiki Media Commons

Related Links
World Beard and Moustache Championship
World Beard and Moustache Association
All About Beards
The Whisker Club

Other Weird and Wacky World Records
World Record Longest Leg Hair
World Record Longest Attack of Hiccups
World Record Longest Hot Dog
Longest Photograph in the World
World's Longest Slinky and Largest Slinky

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