Dale Irby, a school teacher from Dallas, Texas wore the same polyester shirt and vest for his yearbook photo for 40 years.
What started as an accident became a running joke that never got old. A sports teacher, Irby usually wore clothes suitable for exercise. He picked the vest and shirt combination in order to look presentable for his first yearbook photo in 1973 and accidentally repeated the outfit the following year.
His wife dared him to repeat the outfit for a third year. Instead, Irby continued the joke for a further five years.
After the five years was up, Irby thought, “why stop?” Irby retired this year after 40 years of teaching. Whether he plans to retire the running joke is unknown.