“Growing a mustache is like taking care of a baby – you really need to nurture it” – that pretty much summarizes. Meet Ram Singh Chauhan, 58, from Jaipur, India. He has a ‘stash that measures 14 feet. He’s been growing it since 1982, after a friend with a 7-foot-long mustache suggested it.
“He said, ‘Ram Singh, it’ll be good if you grow your mustache too,” he told IshaFoundation.org.
So far, the friend’s prediction came true. Chauhan has appeared in many Bollywood films as well as the 1983 James Bond film “Octopussy.”
Chauhan officially earned the title of “World’s Longest Mustache” from Guinness World Records in March, 2010. He admits keeping it looking lush is not easy.
“Growing a mustache is like taking care of a baby — you really need to nurture it,” he said, according to the Mirror. “The mustache is the symbol of pride and respect. In ancient India, a mustache meant everything. It is priceless. It’s a man thing.”
However, his wife, Asha, needed some time to get used to the mammoth mustache.
“He used to take a long time to get ready, to wash and also people used to stare at him,” she told the BBC.
Things changed after he started getting recognized for the momentous ‘mo. Now she considers it a part of the family.
Chauhan’s mustache isn’t just about vanity. His hairy profile earned him a job for the Rajasthan tourism department for over 30 years. As part of his duties, he would show off the mustache at tourist destinations.
“Whenever I go out to the market or anywhere else, I become the center of attention. People look at me in complete awe. They ask me all sorts of questions,” he said, according to the Daily Star.
In the process, his mustache has also helped world peace.
“I have even done a show on the India-Pakistan border. It was like reuniting both sides,” he said, according to the paper.
And we at HuffPost Weird News would like to remind our readers that Movember is just around the corner.