This Swimming Cap for Beards Is Maybe Practical, Definitely Terrifying

Summer accessory or horror movie prop? You decide. 

Hey men, are your luscious face follicles (which may or may not be covered in feces) slowing you down in the ocean or pool? A recent survey by UK train operating company Virgin Trains found that 12% of 2,000 surveyed bearded men believe that’s the case. Fear not: Mashable is reporting that Virgin Trains teamed up with the Great North Swim, UK’s biggest open water swimming event, to help your beard stay sleek and dry. It also makes you look like you’re one step away from donning full gimpwear, so, weigh the pros and cons before you decide to protect that beard. 

Photos by Mikael Buck/Virgin Trains/Rex/REX USA