Bin Laden’s death means teacher Gary Weddle can finally shave beard after nearly 10 years

Middle school teacher, Gary Weddle, 50, displays his cut beard while shaving the left over stubble the evening of May 1. Weddle completed a vow he made nearly 10 years ago not to shave until Osama bin Laden was captured or proven killed

After 3,454 days, a middle school teacher in Ephrata, Washington, is finally free to shave a beard he has been growing since Sept. 11, 2001, in the name of freedom.

Gary Weddle, 50, was so affected by the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that he stopped shaving.

“When the twin towers came down, I was horrified and I was glued to that television,” Weddle told KOMO News during an interview in June 2003. “And [I] realized that not only was I not taking showers, I wasn’t shaving.”


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  1. Expressive
    May 11, 2011

    papa, you mean bin laden had tie him?? lol lol

  2. simple
    May 10, 2011

    no lets understand d scene nuh man lets stop being foolish u check the man checking that is freedom is just like we saying if such and such a thing happen we eating a cow is just the same situation eh

  3. @$cafee
    May 10, 2011

    mama 10 years that is very long from the time my beard grow it cut already

  4. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    May 9, 2011

    If he is a practicing religious person, he should have practiced the faith, prayed and performed good works as a means of penance and sacrifice. It would have been more effective. Probably Osama bin Laden could have been caught and/or killed sooner. It could also have helped to eradicate terrorism from the face of the earth.
    Not shaving his beard and not bathing has not helped him or the world in this respect.
    It is fortunate that bin Laden was caught and murdered. He could have evaded detection and being caught and killed for many years to come.
    The U.S. in collaboration with the CIA and vice versa and others did a great job of catching him and murdering him. This was indeed excellent work on their part.

    • alas
      September 12, 2011

      u guys need to read carefully, i think i’m reading the same story as u guys,they said shave and didnt add bathe..u just wanna write crap and never take the time to read.

  5. only
    May 9, 2011

    10 yrs. late

  6. sexyme
    May 9, 2011

    doe blame bin laden 4 ur laziness n nastiness…………… :-P

    • just reach
      May 10, 2011

      De man not lazy or nasty. That’s the effect of terrorism

      • :p
        May 10, 2011

        U tellin me da terrorism make de man not shave or bathe, how dat helpin society ?? Find u mekin sense?

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  7. queenie
    May 9, 2011

    leave the man beard alone………… not troubling all you…………

  8. .
    May 9, 2011

    mister just nasty

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