Hadn’t noticed myself

Men with beard have more gems than dogs

I don’t think I got richer than the pooch when I grew my beard. Or, rather, stopped shaving out of boredom at having to.

Men’s beards carry more germs than dogs do in their fur, a study has found. Scientists looked at the levels of bacteria lurking in 18 men’s facial hair and 30 dogs from different breeds.

‘The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur,’ Professor Andreas Gutzeit, of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic, said.

Ahhhh

12 comments on “Hadn’t noticed myself

  1. Isn’t that one evolutionary idea for beards? – to create a trap for pheromones or scent producing microbes?

  2. Humans have sweat glands, dogs don’t. The oils that we secrete when we sweat encourage the growth of bacteria, so it is not surprising. The downside for dogs is that in order to avoid dying from heatstroke is they have to pant, moving air across their tongue and into their lungs.

  3. Germs is a general term covering virus, bacteria, fungi It depends what the ‘germs’ are.

    Our intestines are full of ‘germs’ without which we would die. Our skin is crawling with them, mostly harmless.

  4. What difference does the beard make when assessing the dog-to-gem ratio in a man’s inventory?

  5. Had a beard at one time. We all go through that phase,, don’t we? Never remember any dogs in, though. I think I’d have noticed.

  6. @ Mr. Womby. Ever heard of the bearded collie? I grew a beard in my late 50’s and now wouldn’t remove it for the world. I’ve had some hilarious conversations with 4 year-olds who want to know if I’m Father Christmas. Worth keeping the face fungus just for that.

  7. ‘The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur,’

    Significant? How? In what way?

    I don’t fear ‘high microbial counts’ in my beard. It’s below “ocean acidification” in my list of concerns.

  8. As said dogs don’t sweat and aside from rolling in muck their backs are relatively germ free I would guess. Plus most of the germ load in a beard will be from the gob.

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