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Your soup catcher may be catching a whole lot more than just soup. A new study suggests your beard could contain harmful bacteria.

Switzerland's Hirslanden Clinic conducted a study about whether humans could catch diseases from dogs when the two shared the same MRI scanner. Though their results suggest we might need to be more worried for the pooches.


The beards of 18 men and the fur of 30 dogs were swabbed as part of the experiment. All 18 men had high microbial counts, with a few testing positive for dangerous microbes. By contrast, only 23 of the 30 dogs showed similarly high counts.

Speaking scientifically, this technically makes your man's beard way grosser than your dog.






Now, there is some explanation here. For starters, beard hair is curlier and more tangled compared to dog fur. This allows it to trap dirt more easily.

And some of it comes down to personal hygiene. A lot of people have grown beards lately, but not all of them are taking proper care of their whiskers.

Much like the hair on your head, your beard doesn't need to be washed every day. But the fact is, you do still need to wash it, maybe apply some beard oil to keep it healthy. I'm not a beard expert, so I dunno, go Google it. I'm sure you can find a guide.

Alternatively, a razor can ensure you keep your face free of dangerous bacteria.





This news hasn't been received so easily by everyone. Keith Flett, founder of the Beard Liberation Front, disagreed with the findings.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, he said,

"I think it's possible to find all sorts of unpleasant things if you took swabs from people's hair and hands and then tested them."

"I don't believe that beards in themselves are unhygienic."

He also accused stories such as this and a previous one that found human beards sometimes contain traces of fecal matter to be nothing more than pogonophobia, the hatred of beards.

Which honestly seems a little extreme. It's far more likely humans are just gross.

Still, other men seemed express their skepticism at the study as well.






In the end, there isn't as much to take away from this study as you'd think. It was a very small sample size, and the study was testing for a completely different hypothesis.

You probably don't need to run out and shave, but you might want to look at a proper beard cleaning routine just to be on the safe side.

It's the only way to save face.

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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