A TV station in Albuquerque, New Mexico wanted to find out just how filthy things are in men's beards. They hired a lab to take swabs from different guys' facial hair and test them out.

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They found that some of the beards were fine and safe, but some of them contained the same nasty fecal bacteria you'd find in a dirty toilet. Now, just having those germs in your beard won't make you sick.

Say you touch your beard, then eat without washing your hands, THAT could put you at risk. Just be careful when you stroke your manly facial hair.

Read it for yourself at KOAT.