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Europeans Smell?

 
 
el pohl
 
Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 05:17 pm
I've heard this a million times before: "europeans dont bathe on a daily basis", specially french. It seems though - from good sources - that the problem is rather common through a wider area.

So... why in the world is this? Why are people telling me that everyone smells in the old continent? Whats the hygine standard over there?

Just preparing myself :O
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 05:52 pm
Yeah, you indeed need to prepare yourself el_pohl.

You know, in Sweden and Finland they just go into the
Sauna and sweat it all out. Afterwards they roll in the snow
and feel very refreshed.

In the UK the Brits take advantage of the rain. They closely
follow the weather forecast and with the first drop of rain,
they head outside and lather up in soap.

The French and Italians eat a lot of garlic and the smell of it
usually overtakes any other body odors.

The Dutch and Germans, who knows what they do. Just
try not to take any public transportations there.

The Swiss and Austrians have customary bathed every Friday since 1920. With daylight-savingstime they switched to Saturdays. No one knows why. Any outings in these countries should be done on Sundays as the natives are
still smelling fresh.

So brace yourself - it's rough out there in the old country.
Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 06:56 pm
Don't worry el-pohl, they use so much perfume you won't notice any natural odors.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 07:08 pm
Yes greeny, that too.
And take one of these with you, in case you need to
scratch yourself. It's very apropos in Europe

http://www.floridagardener.com/misc/gtm_491.jpg
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 08:37 pm
Black people smell like onions.

Hispanics smell like beans.

Indian people smell like curry.

French people smell like cheese.

Just the fax, m'am.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 08:52 pm
http://www.koyfmancenter.com/images/nos2.JPG

vacationing in europe...
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 08:55 pm
Yeah, Europe is not for wimps!
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Greyfan
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 08:59 pm
During my grand tours of the old world, I never noticed any people of strong odor. Not even in France. Or on trains. Of course, this was twenty-five years ago, before the soap ran out.

Here in Orlando in the present, the few foreign tourists I have encountered who were noticeably ripe all spoke French, although I suppose they could have been from Montreal or some such place.

I can't explain this discrepancy.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 09:03 pm
Well Greyfan, that's because Europe has newly implemented
regulations to boost tourism, as seen here

http://www.denibonet.com/blog/images/perfume.jpg
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 09:06 pm
Germans smell like hot dogs.

And I'm not going to go into specifics, but when I sold cars, there was a certain ethnic group that often smelled BAD. Guess many of them don't take showers.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 09:11 pm
Slappy Doo Hoo wrote:
Germans smell like hot dogs.


Watch it, Slappy!!! http://web4.ehost-services.com/el2ton1/angrysmiley.gif
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 09:15 pm
Sorry, CJ. Must have been a typo.

Germans smell like sausages.
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Greyfan
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 09:15 pm
Now that I think about it, there are places in the U. S. where the aroma of our fellow Americans can be just as oppressive: city buses, and big city libraries when the homeless are hanging out, to name two. Hoo boy.
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 09:17 pm
Monkeys throw their poop.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 09:17 pm
Slappy Doo Hoo wrote:
Sorry, CJ. Must have been a typo.

Germans smell like sausages.


gheezz, you got it wrong again Slappy. Think Sauerkraut!!
They don't call us "Krauts" for nothing.
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 09:22 pm
Depends on the season.

The bathing thumb rule of my schoolmates when I studied in Europe was: once a day (at most, once every two days) during the summer; once a week on spring or autumn; once a forthnight (or even once every three weeks) on winter.
The first day I entered a classroom was in mid-november. My internal exclamation: "¡Aquí huele a europeo!".
I didn't follow the thumb rule, but heck, it was cold, and by winter I was bathing every week.

On the other hand, it's not you who has to worry el_pohl: you're supposed to smell like beans!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 09:31 pm
US residents in the early fifties didn't bathe all so often either. I remember washing my hair every four or five days, as if it was washed more often my mother said it would get too oily. We didn't have a shower fixture and I'm not so sure showers were at all universal in bathrooms then. Bath every three or four days...

We did take what were called sponge baths. Interestingly - my dermatologist now recommends them instead of the usual one or two showers a day, re not drying antique skin.

I have read that lots of other folks think US americans smell funny..

I am no judge, have poor sense of smell.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 09:33 pm
Europeans smell?

No, no, no . . . silly boy--you smell--Europeans stink . . .
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2005 09:41 pm
You're always so direct without frills, Setanta.
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Fri 11 Nov, 2005 12:35 am
Personally, I plonk myself in a bath at least once a fortnight. Sometimes I even take off my vest!

Another fallacy you will no doubt encounter is the one about the British and their teeth.
I visit my Dentist at least once a year and let him take the apprpriate action. I can honestly say that my teeth are in tip top condition.
The only thing that may need attention at the moment is purely cosmetic, as one of my teeth is slightly discoloured. The other tooth, however, is in pristine condition.
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