World’s Dirtiest Man: 80-Year-Old Iranian Man Hasn’t Bathed in 60 Years

80-year-old Haji believes that “cleanliness brings him sickness.” That’s why he hasn’t bathed at all in the past 60 years. He lives in isolation in Dejgah village, in the Southern Iranian province of Fars.

Haji hates contact with water. Even the suggestion of a bath makes him very angry. And all these years of escaping bath time have taken their toll – Haji is almost the color of earth. He has managed to completely blend in with his surroundings. In fact, it’s easy to mistake him for a rock statue if he sits very still.

It’s not just bathing that Haji dislikes. His disgust for fresh food and clean drinking water is unmistakable. Instead, he prefers his favorite meal of rotten porcupine meat. He drinks 5 liters of water a day for health purposes, but only from a large rusty oil can. He likes to fill his smoking pipe with animal feces instead of tobacco. To trim his hair he doesn’t use clippers; he just burns it off over an open flame. An old war helmet keeps his head warm during the winter.


Photo: IRNA

Haji doesn’t really have a house – the earth is his home. He lives in a hole in the ground, much like a grave, to keep him grounded and in touch with the reality of life. Sometimes he sleeps in an open brick shack that the villagers constructed for him out of pity. Locally, he is known as Amou Haji. ‘Amou’ is the Farsi term of endearment for a kind old man.


Photo: IRNA

Haji’s lifestyle of choice is very unique. The villagers say that he had suffered severe emotional setbacks in his youth, which led him to make these extreme choices. Even so, he does seem a lot happier than some people who live in large homes with comforts and conveniences. Haji doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. He has nothing to lose, nothing to fear.


Makes you think about what’s really important in life, doesn’t it?

Haji isn’t the only person in the world who hates bathing. Two years ago, we wrote about Kailash Singh, an Indian man who hadn’t taken a bath in 38 years.

Sources: The Nation, Tehran Times

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Feedback (29 Comments)

  • Desperate Debby Posted on January 13, 2014

    So…um…is he single? Can I get contact information? Maybe we can go on a lunch date? Please?

  • Phil the Cat Posted on January 14, 2014

    Wow, this guy is like the polar opposite of detective Adrian Monk.
    He probably has the strongest immune system in the world.
    Too bad his teeth are a mess.

  • Wiggity Posted on January 14, 2014

    Did we forget he smokes poop from a pipe?

  • Jelo Posted on January 14, 2014

    I wonder if he is really a Haji or if the name is purely coincidental?

  • Journey Posted on January 15, 2014

    He’s obviously crazy as a loon. Unfortunately, there are people like him all over the world. He’s just been at it longer. There’s no help for him, if he doesn’t believe he needs it.

  • qwerty Posted on January 15, 2014

    He’s a lot saner than disgusting Westerners who think dousing themselves in mass produced petrochemicals makes them look and smell goid.

  • Richard Kaczmarczyk Posted on January 15, 2014

    One of evolutions failed attempts.

  • Oy Posted on January 15, 2014

    Ay Journey, how ’bout you tone down the judgmental a little? Crazy or no, the dude’s happy and living exactly as he chooses to. That’s freedom right there. How many clean, sober, healthy westerners hate their luxurious lives? And are they smarter, more independant, or saner than the dude who lives simply and free of worries, stink though he may? x)

  • Destination Posted on January 15, 2014

    Journey should read some more books before making generalizations and assumptions

  • nahwhatahhmean Posted on January 15, 2014

    “Makes you think about what’s really important in life doesn’t it?”

    Yeah, like taking showers. Also like not putting people in a context they’re not even a part of. What does what this dude do (smoking doo doo) have to do with other people living in large houses?

    If it’s on the internet, he’s cool, but if this guy was on the street I bet more than half of the people reading this wouldn’t even acknowledge him if he tried to talk to them. He wouldn’t make people think about what’s important in life.

  • idea nada Posted on January 15, 2014

    The guy has sensory processing disorder SPD. It causes an aversion to certain stimuli.

  • Maria Posted on January 16, 2014

    I would love to marry this man. His filthy ways are actually a turn on…A man that smokes shit out of a giant pipe really gets me purring.

  • chickenfeed Posted on January 16, 2014

    I think hes probably saner than most people. There are cultures that eat all sorts of weird stuff(roasted ants and cockroaches for instance) . Ive read that extreme sanitary is not good for you since your body needs to build up an immune system. I would think that if hes 89 years old he had to be doing something right or else he wouldnt have lived this long. We seem to judge everything by comparing to our own culture. I wouldnt mind sitting and talking to him but i also have failures and limits and prejudgementalism since i would find it difficult to hang with him since i cant tolerate the stench.

  • such a hottie Posted on January 17, 2014

    There’s nothing I would LOVE more than to make out with this man!!

  • ANGEL Posted on January 17, 2014


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  • Cheech Posted on January 17, 2014

    He Smokes Labrador man…. it’s some good sh*t.

  • TyD Posted on January 17, 2014

    I guess I’d just like to know who he beat out for second place? Maybe what we really need here is a top 10 list instead of just #1.

  • jam Posted on January 17, 2014

    somebody alert the BFRO bigfoot found!!!

  • jam Posted on January 17, 2014

    does he need a roommate?

  • jam Posted on January 17, 2014

    i meant a hole mate

  • Godfrey Lee Posted on January 17, 2014

    It is interesting that we may be offended by this man but totally fascinated with the characters in the Lords of the Ring movies. I wonder how Bilbo Baggins or Gandalf smelled like at the end of the current trilogy. I think in the middle ages, people hardly took baths, no running water.

  • kk Posted on January 18, 2014

    That i s sooooo nasty omg

  • Jerkman Posted on January 19, 2014

    >Haji doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. He has nothing to lose, >nothing to fear.
    >Makes you think about what’s really important in life, doesn’t it?

    He’s smoking animal poop from a pipe. this is not a virtue

  • Paul Keller Posted on January 21, 2014

    Poor guy’s known his share of troubles… only “clean” spots on him are the tear tracks down his cheeks.

  • Pat Brambley Posted on February 7, 2014

    Isn’t hurting anyone is he? Isn’t living next door to any of us.

  • kadir arican Posted on February 16, 2014

    Really does make you reconsider the life you live. Sure, he may seem to be ‘weird’ or ‘wrong’ to us, but you cannot argue the fact that he is truly living his life on his own terms – and oh boy is that what pseudo western culture is lacking.

  • mendicus Posted on February 16, 2014

    This dude is awesome. I wonder what kind of poop he smokes. Its funny that folks who get the most expensive coffee, its pretty much poop from that cat like animal, that they also use its excretions for perfume.