Which would you rather have on your face: a beard or a dog?
Think that’s an easy question to answer? Well hold your horses, maybe you’d like to check the SCIENCE before you decide. Because it tells a sobering story, and one that may well cause you to reverse your position on the beard vs face-dog debate.
The new study, published in the journal European Radiology, was intended to determine whether humans could safely use MRI scanners previously used by dogs: a dilemma that has been vexing us for many years. The idea was that if it IS safe, dogs could get MRIs in human hospitals, just one more step towards full human rights for all pets.
But the researchers got more than they bargained for when they discovered that all eighteen of the (bearded) men in the study had “high microbial counts”, while only 23 of the 30 dogs did. In other words, bearded men are filthy, and while dogs are filthy too, they may be slightly less filthy than the men. Which is useful to keep in mind when deciding which species to kiss.
The scientists did say that these results do not conclusively establish whether bearded men are dirtier than other humans, so that’s the good news here: it may be that we are ALL more germ-ridden than dogs.