Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Take that, Hoo Sateow: Man seeking longest hair title also in running for least clean and most bug-infested hair titles

"HANOI, Vietnam - A Vietnamese man who hasn't been to a barber in 31 years is vying to get in the Guinness World Records for having the longest hair, state-controlled media reported Monday. [Thank you, state controlled media!]

"Tran Van Hay's hair is 20 feet long, Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper said.

"Normally tied up and covered by a scarf, his hair has grown four feet in the past seven years. He last had it washed six years ago, the paper said. [emphasis added]

"Hay, 67, is a traditional medicine practitioner from southern Kien Giang province, some 220 miles southwest of Ho Chi Minh City. He provides free treatment to villagers in the region.

"The Guinness Web site says the current record for long hair, set in 1997, is held by Hoo Sateow of Chiang Mai, Thailand, at 16 feet 11 inches."