A friend of a friend of mine is being paid $400 a month to grow a beard for a stranger’s viewing pleasure.
This isn’t a joke. He’s… actually getting paid. He’s…. actually growing a beard. His beard (as you can see above) is pretty magnificent. His benefactor is a man known simply as “beard fan” and the deal is that this friend-of-a-friend has to grow the beard, not trim it and take 10 photos of it a day. Beard fan posts these photos on his flickr site (which you can see here) and everybody wins, right?
Well actually not so much the friend-of-a-friend because his moustache has apparently grown so long he has trouble eating without getting food stuck in it. So he’s continuing to grow it until the end of the month and then get out. But, seriously…. beards? Is that what some people are into these days? Really?
My confusion aside I actually love this story because it seems weirdly sweet (though possibly more weird than sweet). In a world in which some people are into some pretty twisted things it’s nice to find a man who just likes beards. Reminds me of simpler times. Or something.