Every so often your dreams come true. For instance, stumbling across a calendar of burly men dressed as mermaids to raise money for a good cause. Yes, this is a very specific dream but you can't argue it's a wonderful one. But the absolute best part? It's now a reality, thanks to The Beard and Moustache Club of Newfoundland. Newfoundland & Labrador Beard and Mustache Club partnered with Spirit Hourse NL for a charity calendar of "Merb'ys." Ummm, yes.
So what exactly is a 'merb'y'?
Merb’ys is a mix of the words “mermaid” and “b’y” which is a Newfoundland term that means “buddy” or “boy”.
Basically, it’s our new favorite word that we will be saying for the rest of the year.
The sale of the calendar raised over $300,000 dollars for Spirit Horse, which donates every penny to making their programs accessible to those who need it most.
“Spirit Horse NL aims to enhance the mental health and life skills of youth, adults, families, and groups through therapeutic interaction with horses,” it says on the Newfoundland & Labrador Beard and Mustache Club website.
“Those who work with the Spirit Horse team will achieve an understanding of themselves that is sometimes difficult to attain through other forms of therapy.”
As you can see, the calendar pics are amazing.
Each page has a bearded, brawny man dressed as a mermaid and it’s absolutely fantastic.
Beards and mermaid fins? What kind of perfect world is this?
So why did the lads choose mermaids?
According to the founder of the club, Hasan Hai, the idea came to him when his friend sent a mermaid photo his way via Facebook.
“I’m the kind of fellow who embraces challenges and fun and whimsical ways of fund-raising for good causes, so I embraced the life aquatic … and dove in,” he told CafeMom.
Hai told BuzzFeed that it was quite the ambitious shoot!
“Behind the scenes, when the camera’s not running, there’s a lot of hopping involved — and squirming,” he told them.
Hai explaines that even though the calendar shoot is silly and fun, he really wants to break the mold of society’s view of masculinity.
What does Hai think about masculinity?