For reasons that remain upsettingly unclear, photojournalist Ben Garvin of the St. Paul Pioneer Press was compelled to shave off his majestic facial hair.

In accordance with the manly maxim "never let a good beard go to waste," he decided to film a stop-motion ode to his "magic beard" before sealing its fate.

He writes:

I built this stop motion video over time, lots of time. I originally thought I’d sit down and shave my beard and make a video but, as I quickly realized, stop motion videos can’t be made quickly. And I had more and more ideas as to how to make it fun, which made it take even longer. Shot mostly in my dining room, I set up my iPhone 5 on a little tripod and took a photo every 5 to 10 seconds.

When I showed it to my 7-year-old son he laughed so hard a small puddle appeared at his feet afterwards–a high bar!

[H/T: Laughing Squid]