Meet Dale Irby, a physical education teacher from Dallas, Texas, who wore the same polyester button-down and brown sweater vest for his yearbook photo for 40 years in a row. He first picked out the ensemble to look sharp for his 1973 photo. And then in 1974, he accidentally wore the same thing again.
“I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realized I had worn the very same thing as the first year,” Irby told the Dallas Morning News.
That’s when his wife Cathy dared him to keep the tradition going for another five years. By the time the 1980s rolled around, Irby was so used to his polyesther/vest combo that he decided to keep on wearing it until he retired this past year.
With all the awful teachers you read about in the news, it’s nice to hear about one who’s done some fine work. Way to go, Mr. Irby, you really taught your students a lesson about perserverance. [News AU]