Man Who Vowed to Grow Beard Until Osama Bin Laden Was Killed Finally Gets to Shave


This may be the only facial hair-related Osama Bin Laden story of the day (correct us if we’re wrong!). Bin Laden’s death had a singular meaning for an East Wenatchee, Washington, middle school science teacher named Gary Weddle. In the week that followed the September 11 attacks, Weddle simply forgot to shave. Then he vowed he wouldn’t cut his beard until Bin Laden was either captured or proven dead, thinking it would only be a month or two until that happened. In the years that followed, he and his wife both really wanted that beard cut, but, as Weddle says, a vow is a vow. Finally, last night, they got their wish. It was not unemotional.

Via The Telegraph,

“I spent my first five minutes crying and then I couldn’t get it off fast enough,” said Gary Weddle, 50, who lives in East Wenatchee but teaches middle school science in Ephrata.

Weddle had assumed he’d still have the beard, which he kept so that people wouldn’t forget, for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks. But after hearing and then confirming last night’s news, he “wasted no time finding scissors and razors” and had “cut the beard and was shaving the stubble even before President Obama addressed the nation about bin Laden’s demise.”

Teacher who vowed not to shave until bin Laden was caught or killed finally shaves [The Telegraph]