Beards: Sexy Scruff or Nasty Germ Traps?

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    May 05, 2015 4:36 AM GMT

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/juliegerstein/sorry-your-sexy-beards-are-covered-in-poop-particles?bffb&utm_term=4ldqpgp#.bq0wPnJrO
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    May 05, 2015 8:46 AM GMT
    So my distaste for long flowing hobo beards wasn't so unscientific at all. I told ya'll icon_cool.gif
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    May 05, 2015 3:16 PM GMT
    If people would just wash their hands after they use the bathroom, so many problems like this (from poopy beards to urine-covered dinner mints) could be avoided. Poop doesn't just fall into a beard, it's caused by the bearded person's hygiene.
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    May 05, 2015 4:26 PM GMT
    Well considering its a form of body hair...one is supposed to wash it fairly regularly. Some people forget that. I wonder if a lot of those "poo" particles come from handling their own cellular phone? icon_razz.gif

    Because studies have shown that Phones are pretty gross too...
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    May 05, 2015 4:38 PM GMT
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    May 05, 2015 4:51 PM GMT
    ^That could quite possible be an explanation. Lol.
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    May 05, 2015 4:56 PM GMT
    Comment from a microbiologist.......

    Nathan H Lents:

    "No, No, and NO! (Molecular microbiologist here to help...)

    You'll notice the oh-so-slight caveat, "similar to..." In other words, they did NOT find fecal bacteria; they found bacteria that is related to fetal bacteria. Close relatives of fecal bacteria live in the soil, on our skin, in our mouths, in our eyes, in lakes and streams, etc., etc. In other words, nothing even remotely surprising there.

    And of course they didn't say HOW closely related. In the same way that we are related to Neanderthals, but also related to slime molds, relatedness is a degree-measure. It's not related-or-not. You are related to your brother. You are also related to the last emperor of the Ming dynasty. Those relationships are not exactly of the same degree.

    Lastly, the charge that we should all scrub our beards more is actually very bad advice and goes against what medical microbiology has been trying to teach us over the past decade. Most of us bathe too much and too harshly. The bacteria on our skin and in our hair is not only harmless, it's GOOD. Stripping it away constantly damages skin and creates openings for harmful bacteria to enter.

    Please disregard this article. Nothing helpful here. icon_smile.gif
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    May 05, 2015 10:47 PM GMT
    Well they are absolutely germ traps, however some short beards can look very nice on certain fellows, and I personally think almost everyone looks better with just scruff. Not clean shaven, not a fully-grown beard, just scruff.
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    May 06, 2015 12:04 AM GMT
    I never wash my beard. That way if I'm ever hungry and don't have any food handy I can dig around in it and find something tasty to snack on.