If people never bathe

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  1. Axcess

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    Most modern people bathe atleast once a day .How people would get along each other if they never bathe like in the past centuries ? Will they get used of the gross smell ?
     
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    it's something they were always used to, i guess. kinda like how i can eat sukiyaki and dip the meat into raw egg, but my step brother can't. it's something i was raised with
     
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    It makes me nauseous to think about it. Here's that "e" you dropped, btw. :wink:
     
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    Yeah I forgot to write that "e".
     
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    i work in a poor area of town, yah? i can't stand it when people that don't bathe often come in. worse are the homeless peoples
     
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    I have heard that after a week, the bacteria on your skin find a balance and the smell decreases. The smell doesn't go away, but you don't get exponentially smellier.

    For years people would take one bath a week, often on Saturday night, so they wouldn't smell in church. Taking a bath, especially in the wintertime, was a huge chore involving heating water in buckets on a stove and pouring it into a basin in the middle of the room. The oldest went first...hence the term "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater" ...for the baby was last.

    As a result, I imagine sex was less intimate then as it is today in western cultures. Fewer mouth to genital contacts. Perfume could be used to mask bodily oders...but perfume only goes so far.

    People did get along, however, and babies were born...but I think most modern people would freak out if they suddenly found themselves projected back to a pre 1950 word without hot showers and modern hygene.
     
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    wow, yo're like, way knowledgable! also, i didn't know that about the bacterial balance thing
     
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    I would be one of the first ones to freak out...I feel absolutely filthy if I don't have at least one shower per day...:bad2:
     
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    I was going to say something like one of the previous posters said. Back then they were used to not bathing so the smell probably didn't bother them as much. If we suddenly decided not to bathe today, however, the smell of other people WOULD bother us, because we're used to frequent bathing now.
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    imagine the resources that could be saved and pollution cut if we just bathed every other day.
     
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    I really need a shower in the morning to wake me up. I don't know if I could live without doing it once a day.
     
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    Ok...I should explain. Why do I know this stuff? because when I was in college I had a prof who tried it...he didn't take a bath for a month just to see what happened. What I reported was his findings that he shared with the class years later. Just sayin'. :rolleyes: Of course, shortly thereafter he was improsoned for improper sexual conduct with kids...nuff said.
     
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    Awww Ex..you just have a world of knowledge stored up there in that brain...thats why everyone loves you...attractive, smart and witty--all rolled up into one!!
     
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    Thanks Rico...

    ...wanna take a bath together? I promise not to drop the soap. :rolleyes:
     
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    The coolest thing is, he gets all of this stuff from the top of his head. He's a walking wiki.
     
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    Ok I know people are going to call me selfish, but I shower almost 3X's a day in the morning, afternoon (when I get in from class and about to go to work) and at night. I just feel so much better and my skin feels so good after showers, however I am going to go green one day and shower only once a day or something cause I do care about our enviornment and resources...

    But yeah, if people didn't shower everyday atleast once, I would think everyone would be full of bacterias and germs thus sickness would flourish just like it did in the old earlier years.
     
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    Much depends on the culture in question. Western Europeans were not avid bathers following the fall of Rome. The Catholic church thought frequent bathing immodest and vain and so discouraged it.

    Before that, however, things were quite different. The Romans were big on bathing and today you can go throughout Europe and see the ruins of public baths all throughout the former empire including, of course, the city of Bath itself which still has functioning Roman baths. Romans of all classes would go to the baths to bathe daily but also to socialize. Building baths was one of the best ways for emperors to get in good with the local populations and so many were very elaborate places with hot and cold running water, central heating, shops, prostitutes, personal trainers, and masseurs. The sexes used to bathe separately but right around Nero that ceased and the sexes bathed together. The Romans had few inhibitions on sex or nudity compared to even the most liberal modern European countries.

    The ancient Egyptians loved bathing as well but given the scarcity of water in many places, instead shaved their bodies and used oils. When you see representations of most Egyptians, those are wigs they're wearing. A person would be covered in oil and then would have the oil gently scraped off. This worked surprisingly well and, if you could afford high-quality perfumed oil, left you smelling quite pleasant for the day.

    The Vikings and other Scandinavians used the sauna to bathe and that too worked well enough. Alternating between the heat of the sauna and then jumping into cold pools of water or snow caused the body to sweat prodigiously and essentially clean itself. That's not to say they were entirely clean as the story of how Harold Fairhair got his name illustrates, but compared to their southern neighbors, Vikings were pretty damn clean.

    Elsewhere bathing was seen as essential. Japan and Iceland, gifted with many natural hot springs, developed rich bathing cultures that continue to this day. Other Asians and American aboriginals tend to have a less offensive body odor than Caucasians, but many still bathed when possible. Some used the Egyptian method of oiling, others used water whan possible, and some desert peoples used sand as a bathing medium and the mild abrasive qualities of sand works nearly as well as water. Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism has ritual bathing incorporated into their religious obligations and so too their followers managed to stay relatively clean compared to their European counterparts.

    Naturally Oceanic and African peoples do not have the problem of enduring freezing cold water or risk freezing to death and coastal and islanders always had the sea nearby to provide plenty of bathing opportunities.

    Nope, it's really only western Europe that rejected bathing for such a long time and one of the reasons why the plague caused such enormous casualties on the continent with some exceptions. The Greeks, never quite forgetting their classical past, continued to bathe as did the Magyars of Hungary who were also blessed with many hot springs, and so suffered fewer casualties to the plague. It was really only after the plague that people began bathing more frequently no matter what the church had to say about it and it is worth noting that bathing was never entirely discarded by the European upper classes who had servants and resources to provide them with the intense labor required to prepare baths. There were exceptions, including one notorious French king who boasted about bathing only once a year, though again, many of them used the alternate method of using expensive and rare perfumed oils so when they say they weren't bathing, it didn't mean they were entirely unclean.
     
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    WOW. That was more info that I ever wanted to know about sand scrubbing and oil scraping and bacterial growth in ones armpits. BUT it was interesting. I knew the part about the Romans and the western Europeans.. But I would never have guessed about sanding my armpits as a way to stay clean... I do the evening shower routine myself. Occasionally mid afternoon as well if I did allot of work in the yard or wherever...
    Thanks for all that, jason_els
     
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    Then of course, you get kings like Henry VIII whose favourite perfume was civet - or rather civet musk, which is extracted from the anal glands of civets. It was all the rage with men in those days as it was considered to be a masculine odour.
     
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