WGN - A new study may have men with beards thinking about grabbing a razor.
According to researchers at theHirslanden Clinic in Switzerland, the beards on men havemore bacteria, even bugs, than what is found in a dog's fur.
Researchers took swab samples from the whiskers of 18 men, aged from 18 to 76, and compared them with samples from the necks of 30 dogs of various breeds
The results? Twenty-three of 30 dogs studied had high amounts of germs in their fur, the other seven had moderate amounts.
When it came to the men, every single one had high counts of bacteria in the beards, and seven of them had high enough microbe counts to be considered a threat to human health.
According to theBBC, the researchers stumbled across the finding while trying to determine whether or not men's beards might transmit diseases from dogs.
HA! So I was smart not to grow a beard...for too long. It's not because I can't (yes it is) it's because of this study. Now I assume this is for those long hipster unkept hockey playoff beards and not a freshly cut, always neat type beards we see on some (mostly all) our favorite male country singer's faces. Nonetheless, might want to think about kissing a man with more bacteria than dogs fur when you're at a bar and feeling like you need a makeout sesh, LADIES. And guys, make it easier on them, shave it. Or at the VERY least, wash it regularly and keep it neat. - @Traceahamilton