Still on the beard bandwagon? Here's some news that may make you want to hop off — or at least spend some serious time with soap and water.
TV station KOAT in Albuquerque had a microbiologist swab the beards of some hirsute volunteers. He found that several of them contained normal bacteria — things you'd find on everyday surfaces. Beards, after all, are kind of like nets you wear on your face, trapping any number of things.
But some of the tested beards contained more ominous bacteria. They held germs similar to the fecal matter you'd find in and around a toilet.
“I'm usually not surprised, and I was surprised by this,” said Quest Diagnostics microbiologist John Golobic, who did the testing.
Golobic said the types of bacteria found wouldn't necessarily be dangerous, but they would be of some health concern.
"There would be a degree of uncleanliness that would be somewhat disturbing," he said.
Golobic suggests men scrub their beards on a regular basis, wash their hands often, and try to keep their hands away from their faces as much as possible.
If a city were to find similar contaminated samples in the water system, Golobic said the system would be shut down for disinfecting.
You can watch the full report in the video below: