Back before there were impressive reality stars like Kate Gosselin and Snooki — you know, like a hundred years ago — people with a limited range of talents had few options for gaining fame and/or notoriety.
There were, however, a few options open to the more hirsute. One, you could be the Bearded Lady at the circus. Or you could do what this gentleman did: grow a beard long enough to throw it o’er your shoulder like a continental soldier (while also earning kudos for being one of the first white guys with dreadlocks).
We would have loved to see this guy on Dancing With the Stars, his beard flowing behind him like a cape. Something like that might actually get us to watch.
Pic via Foxtongue