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Whiskers in Washington

By Linda Tancs

Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian is a treasure trove of artifacts and ephemera, often referred to as “the nation’s attic.”  One of the many curiosities housed there is the 18-foot beard of deceased North Dakota farmer Hans Langseth.  Dubbed the “Supreme Whiskerino of the Universe,” Hans (aka King Whiskers) continues to hold the record for the world’s longest beard.  It can be viewed by appointment at the National Museum of Natural History’s Anthropology Department.

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