Update: Since publishing this article, the study has since been slightly debunked by Snopes.
If anyone is confused or disturbed by the lumbersexual trend — aka a metrosexual male who enjoys plaid shirts, boots and a slightly unkempt beard and/or mustache, this will send you over the edge. According to a new study in New Mexico, beards may in fact be more dirty than a toilet bowl. So we can add them to the list of things that tested poopier than our toilet scrubbers, like cell phones, carpet and toothbrushes.
According to the microbiologists who conducted the study, fecal matter-infested beards could be putting beard-owners' health at risk. One microbiologist, John Golobic of Quest Diagnostics, found such disgusting levels of bacteria in some of the beards he swabbed for the study, he was shocked.
"I'm usually not surprised, and I was surprised by this," he told the New York Post. "There would be a degree of uncleanliness that would be somewhat disturbing." I personally don't blame him. That is one of the last places on which I'd like to find poop (not that I'd ever like to find poop, but you get what I'm saying). However, now I will finally have a legitimate reason to make my boyfriend shave his beard when it gets really out of control.
In case you feel like getting more grossed out, here's a little video on the subject starring an appropriately bearded fellow.
The good news is, poop's already on pretty much everything we touch, and it's not doing any serious damage, so we don't have too much to worry about with this discovery. The bad news is... the idea of poop on everything (especially faces) is really gross to think about. The only thing you can do is remember to wash your hands well after you touch some of the big, poop-covered culprits. Here's a list of the five worst ones.
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