Hans Steininger and his amazing beard. Sometime in the 1560's Hans beard was a mere 4.5 feet (1.4 meters) long. He is famous for 2 things;
1. Having the longest recorded beard in early history
2. Being killed by his beard
So how did it happen?
Renowned for the world’s longest beard that measured four and a half feet long, the bristly Austrian wasn’t expecting to die from his formidable furry feat. But that he did. According to folklore Hans would keep his beard rolled up in a leather pouch, but failed to do so one day in 1567. During a fire, Steininger stumbled on his beard while trying to beat the heat and broke his neck from the fall.