Peter the Great may have imposed taxes on men with beards during his tenure as the tsar of Russia, but today one group of mustache activists is lobbying that the government pay them for having facial hair.
Yes, it's true!
Coinciding with the recent deadline to file tax returns, tax policy professor John Yeutter and the St. Louis-based American Mustache Institute (AMI) were seeking a $250 annual tax incentive for people with mustaches.
Dubbing themselves as "the world's only facial hair advocacy and research organization", the AMI claims the current tax system prevents people from enjoying a life with a mustache and being able to properly maintain it -- ultimately forcing men to shave and live amongst the clean-cut.
These mustache enthusiasts claim the incentive would help them afford better grooming supplies including wax, combs, trimming razors and mirrors.
Given that the government doesn't provide incentives for things like hair replacement or cosmetic procedures, the chances of these mustache proponents getting their share of tax breaks are slim, but hey, you can't blame a hairy guy for trying, right?
If this news isn't weird enough, have you heard about the world beard and mustache championships? Click here to watch men from all over the world compete with their facial hair.
Read more on StyleList about men who celebrate their 'staches!