Treasures of Darkness! » « Word Wednesday. The Beardiest Beard of Them All. Grabstein des H. Staininger (Braunauer Stadtpfarrkirche). Markus Metz. Hans Steininger, a 16th-century burgomaster of Braunau am Inn had a beard which has survived him for many a century. Why? Because, unfortunately, it was the cause of his death. You can read all about it at Atlas Obscura. Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPocketMoreEmailPrintLike this:Like Loading... Related Treasures of Darkness! » « Word Wednesday.