Your Beard Is a Face Toilet

Science says so.

Beards have been having a moment for a while, and it’s not hard to see why: they’re rugged projections of masculinity and virility that require little effort beyond simply neglecting to shave. They’re also literal face toilets.

An ABC affiliate in Albuquerque (that was apparently having a slow news day) recently called on microbiologist John Golobic to swab several beards and test for bacterial content.

“I’m usually not surprised and I was surprised by this. Those are the types of things you’d find in (fecal matter),” Golobic said of the tests.

So there you have it: beards look irresistibly manly, but they’re secretly hiding a plethora of disgusting and potentially harmful bacteria. Really gives the term “shit-eating grin” a whole new meaning, eh? 

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