EXETER, UK - Surf's up, pants down! Researchers want to look inside the butts of surfers, in hopes of gaining information on deadly bacteria. Cowabung-hole dude!
The World Health Organization considers superbugs, "the single greatest challenge in infectious diseases today". Dangerous, because these cooties are resistant to antibiotics. These bacteria are so tough to combat, scientists have now taken to surfing for answers. Literally!
Thanks to marine pollution, many of these superbugs can be found in our seas. And because surfers swallow more ocean water than your average swimmer (roughly 10 times more) their "butts" make the perfect petri dish. So scientists from the University of Exeter in the UK are conducting a study, aptly named "beach bums". This cheeky experiment will examine microbes living in the colon of surfers. By swabbing the rectum of 150 stoked surfers, and 150 non-surfers, researchers hope to find whether wave-riders do indeed swallow more bacteria than landlubber, and to see how these possible superbugs affect the surfers.
So instead of hang-ten, researchers are asking surfers to bend over and touch ten toes. All in the name of science. Kinda' gives the term "riding the tube" a whole new meaning!