When Hans Langseth died in 1927, his world record beard had reached a length of 18.5 feet. Upon his death, his relatives cut off 17.5 feet of it and donated it to the Smithsonian. They decided to leave one foot of beard intact because it wouldn’t be right to put Hans in his grave clean-shaven.
”This is my favorite photo in the world - me and Linus, born to a dairy cow and ordered to be killed when the farmer saw he was a male (and thus useless in the dairy industry). A compassionate individual intervened, and he was brought to a sanctuary. I met him when he was a few days old and 60 pounds, and he would always try to sit on my lap. Today, 7 years young and 1500 pounds, he still tries to sit on my lap.”
- Colleen Patrick-Goudreau