John James Heidegger: Ugly Contest

Such was John James Heidegger's remarkable ugliness that he once bet Lord Chesterfield that he would be unable to produce anyone uglier.

Thus encouraged, the earl eventually produced an old woman who was said to be marginally more hideous. The quick-witted Heidegger, however, snatched his rival's bonnet, set it upon his head, and was promptly awarded the desired victory.

[Heidegger's remarkable ugliness has been recorded for posterity in a number of William Hogarth's prints.]

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