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By Torkel Ødegård
There was this news story: Some beards as dirty as toilets. And it riled people up causing them to share many and various links with pictures of beards. Well, it was crap.
According to multiple news sites, beards can contain more poo than a toilet.
However, as far as I can tell there was no proper study, no team of microbiologists and no poo in beards. The origin of the story appears to be this segment from a TV news network in New Mexico, which involved a reporter swabbing a “handful” of men’s beards and then sending the swabs to a microbiologist in a lab to culture any microbes present.
The reporter then interviewed the microbiologist, John Golobic, who identified a few of the bacteria present as “enterics”, that is they are bacteria that normally live in the intestines.
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