Show Random September 19, 2011
World's Longest Beard is Canadian

The 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records has just been released, and - huzzah! - the record for "Longest Beard - Living Male" now belongs to Mr. Sarwan Singh of Surrey, BC. Mr. Singh's record of facial hirsuteness was claimed with a floor-tickler that measures 2.37 metres (or almost 8 feet).

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In truth, Singh locked down the beard record on March 4, 2010, during a taping of the Italian TV show Lo Show dei Record (we'll let you figure out what that means in English); the 2012 printing of the Guinness Book, however, is the first physical record of Singh's feat.

The previous record-holder in the beard length category was coincidentally held by another, unrelated Singh. Shamsher Singh of Punjab, India won a place in the stout-sponsored record book with a beard that measured 1.83 metres (about 6 feet) in 1977.

But neither man has anything on the king of whiskers, Hans Langseth of Norway.

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Langseth's beard predated the Guinness Book of World Records, but when he died in 1927, his beard was a whopping 18.6 feet long. In 1967, Langseth's grandson Russell donated a 17.5-foot section of the beard - which had been cut from his deceased grandfather's face and saved in a trunk, as families do - to the good people at the Smithsonian.

Who seem to have enjoyed playing with it.

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