Thanks to the Merb’ys, 2018 is looking pretty fabulous
Everyone makes a big deal out of New Years resolutions, but really, the calendar you pick at the start of each year is more important than that daily journal you’re bound to abandon by Valentine’s Day. We consult the calendar constantly — to see when dentist appointments are, who’s turn it is for the carpool and to confirm that shit, yes, the science fair is this week. Since we spend so much time looking at this thing anyway, screw the boring flowers and lighthouse themes. We’ve got something so much better for this year’s selection — bearded merman, aka Merb’ys.
The Merb’ys calendar is the brainchild of Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club Hasan Hai. He saw a friend’s merman themed ‘dudeoir’ post on Facebook, and thought that a calendar would be a fun project for the club.
Seeing these teddy bears posing as Ariel’s brothers is enough to make me hand over my clamshells in itself, but the best thing about the Merb’ys calendar is that it’s supporting a fantastic cause. All sales profits are being donated to Sprit Horse NL, a organization provides therapeutic interaction with horses to improve mental health and life skills of youth, adults and families.
We all know that one guy who’s too cool to even smile for a photo, but Hai said he had no trouble getting men to volunteer hopping around in a fin and wearing a flower crown for a good cause. He posted an open call for models online, and over 70 bearded men quickly answered the call. Stay awesome, Canada.
While the Merb’ys are thrilled that the project has taken off, they aren’t letting their newfound fame go to their heads. “I’m absolutely floored by the response,” said Hai. “We had hoped to get some local media in St. John’s and throughout our province to cover it, maybe some national Canadian media if we were lucky. For it to have gone international and be seen by millions is beyond our wildest dreams! It seems the whimsical and vulnerable nature of the calendar has really calendar has really connected with people in a way no one expected.”
The calendar has over 300 sales already, in countries all over the world. And how could it not. There’s a Merb’y for everyone.
There’s hipster Merb’y.
Treat yo’ self Merb’y.
And my favorite, Merb’ys who are pumped that they got a sitter.
You can pre-order your own 2018 Merb’ys calendar here. Forget the slipper socks and lotion sets. I know what I want for Christmas.