Man goes 60 years without bathing

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IRAN — Many have skipped taking a shower while on camping trips. Some who served in the Armed Forces have gone days, weeks, even a month or more without bathing.

But 60 years? Is that even possible?

For a man in Iran, yes.

His name is Amou Haji. He’s 80 years old and he is — like you would imagine — covered in dirt. He claims he has not bathed in 60 years, believing cleanliness will make him sick, according to The Tehran Times.

In the southern Iranian province where he lives, he sleeps in a hole dug in the ground or in an open-brick shack built by those who felt sorry for him.

See pictures and video of Amou Haji

Haji smokes a pipe packed with animal feces and prefers rotten meat — especially porcupine — to fresh-killed game. He drinks water from a rusted oil can, and during cold winter nights he wears an old war helmet to stay warm. To trim his long, dirty beard, he burns it over a fire.

He has chosen this life. He desires no pity, attention or charity. By all accounts he seems content.

As outlandish as his chosen life may be, another man was once noted for his choice to go without bathing. Indian-born Kailash Singh reportedly went 38 years without washing himself.

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