During my studies at Edinburgh University I was introduced to a stately man aged around sixty at a party with a beard like this (even some inches longer, mine was half the size at the time). He had shoulder long white hair, an impressive sight. Later in the evening I was witness to the following conversation. A stunning young lady in high heels addressed him asking: "Would you permit a personal question? When you sleep, do you have your beard on the duvet or under it?" His answer: "Come and see."