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12 Aug 2013

Madness Monday - Death by Beard

A 16th century Austrian, Hans Steininger, was famous for having the world's longest beard - and for dying because of it. Hans was proud of his nearly 1.4 m. long beard. He used to keep his beard rolled up in a leather pouch, but failed to do so one day in 1567. 
A fire broke out in his town that day, and in his haste to evacuate, Hans forgot to roll up his beard. H accidentally stepped on his beard, lost balance and stumbled. Apparently, he fell down the stairs and broke his neck. 

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  1. Interesting story, Joan. I've never heard of someone's "death by beard"; how unfortunate for Hans.

  2. Thanks! I tried to add a few short, flighty posts during the summer holidays, but have had no clue if people liked it, except for one earlier post being popular.


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