Bad news, hipsters: Beards carry ‘more germs than dog fur,’ study claims

Bad news for hipsters. Beards carry more germs than dog fur, a new Swiss study claims.

Scientists made the finding while trying to determine if it would be hygienic to assess dogs and people in the same MRI scanner.

“The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur,” Prof. Andreas Gutzeit, of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic, wrote in the report.

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