1985 - Volume #9, Issue #6, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Eight and One Half Foot Beard Kept this Iowa Farmer Warm
When he died in 1921, Maine's beard measured 8 ft., 6 in. To keep it from getting in the way, he wrapped it around a small piece of cardboard and tucked it into his shirt. Mary Tucker, Bloomfield, Mo., who is Maine's great granddaughter, says the long beard was once featured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not and Maine occasionally went on exhibit at county fairs. "Great Grandad never enjoyed show business, however, because customers continually pulled on his beard to see if it was real," says Mary.
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