The allegations stem from this TV segment from New Mexico, a hot bed for anti-hipster propaganda:
Except there’s one problem: no science actually backs this claims beyond randomly selecting a couple of dudes, combing their beards, and concluding they contain the same amount of shit is as anywhere else, really.
The lone microbiologist to whom the basis of these findings is credited identified some of the bacteria within the analyzed beards as “enterics,” which are found in our intestines.
You know where else this gut flora lives? Our skin. Our clothes. And certainly the smartphones attached to our hip every time we go to the bathroom.
So while men with facial hair do tend to shed more bacteria – something backed by an actual study – it would be quite the stretch to single out beards as pools of poop.
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