The world’s dirtiest man now says he is lonely and is seeking a life partner.
Mr Amou Haji told the Tehran Times on Thursday that he would be much happier if a woman fell in love with him.
Haji, 80, made headlines earlier in the week when he revealed that he had not taken a bath in the last 60 years.
The man who lives in isolation in Dejgah village in the Southern Iranian province of Fars subsists on rotten porcupine meat, and says the thought of a bath after all this time makes him very angry.
He said he adopted his extreme, isolated lifestyle after suffering emotional setbacks in his youth.
In a widely publicized interview with the Newspaper, Haji said that despite his queer lifestyle, he hopes someone will come forth and fulfill his heart’s desire. “You know it can get very lonely out here,” he said Thursday.
Amou Haji is also known to eat rotten porcupine meat with relish and has other unorthodox habits.
The old man claims he started living away from society after he went through emotional setbacks when he was young man.
Haji, who lives in a hole in the ground, much like a grave, says this keeps him grounded and in touch with the reality of life. “Sometimes he sleeps in an open brick shack that we the villagers constructed for him out of pity,” said a man who claimed to know Haji well.
Locally, he is known as Amou Haji. ‘Amou’ is the Farsi term of endearment for a kind old man.
Neigbous say he hates contact with water and believes being clean will make him weak and sick. Even the suggestion of a bath makes him very angry. This lifestyle has, over the years, made him look like dirt itself.
He has managed to completely blend in with his surroundings, with fellow villagers saying that it is sometimes easy to mistake him for a rock statue if he sits very still.
And 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.
Oddly, the old man likes to fill his smoking pipe with animal feces instead of tobacco. And he doesn’t use clippers to trim his hair. Instead, he just burns it off over an open flame. An old war helmet keeps his head warm during the winter.
The latest revelation makes him the dirtiest person on earth, taking the title from the previous holder – an Indian man named Kailash Singh – who is on record as not having taken a bath for 38 years consecutive years.