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2012-08-20 04:40:02 PM
More marketing deconstruction? I'm seeing a trend on fark today.
 
2012-08-20 04:40:42 PM
Americans DO smell bad.
 
2012-08-20 04:44:38 PM
I have a coworker who refuses to use deodorant because it's not natural or it would be selling out to the Man of some such bullshiat.

Trust me, Americans do stink and deodorant is a good and wonderful product.
 
2012-08-20 05:12:57 PM
They tried convincing us we were French?
 
2012-08-20 05:20:35 PM

Calmamity: I have a coworker who refuses to use deodorant because it's not natural or it would be selling out to the Man of some such bullshiat.

Trust me, Americans do stink and deodorant is a good and wonderful product.



Ugh, that sucks.  Worked with a similar dude 10+ years ago.  We literally had to have him work alone downstairs.
 
Everyone's different.  As long as you shower often, not everyone needs deoderant.  I have nothing against it, and I do own some... but I rarely use it.  If I'm working from home, and its just me and the wife... meh, I just don't tend to stink.
 
2012-08-20 05:28:11 PM
If I don't wear deodorant, I smell like a cedar tree.
 
2012-08-20 05:28:51 PM
If you've ever ridden public transit, you don't need convincing
 
2012-08-20 05:34:37 PM
I smell like teen spirit.

/oblig
 
2012-08-20 05:59:11 PM
not all presperation smells bad. But for MOST people, the presperation from the armpits is particularly....fragrant. It's probably a carryover from acient times when humans identified each other by smell or some such.

Thankfully we live in civilized times and don't have to live like animals sniffing each other's armpits when we say hello.

(none of that was meant to make sense)
 
2012-08-20 06:14:38 PM

Ambivalence: Thankfully we live in civilized times and don't have to live like animals sniffing each other's armpits when we say hello.



That's not how we're supposed to say hello?  Crap. I must come off as really creepy.
 
/not really
 
2012-08-20 06:34:09 PM
Let me try and clarify some of this for you. Best Company Supermarkets are not interested in selling wholesome foods. They are not worried about the nation's health. What is concerning them, is that the nation appears to be getting worried about its health, and that is what's worrying Best Co., because Best Co. wants to go on selling them what it always has, i.e. white breads, baked beans, canned foods, and that suppurating, fat squirting little heart attack traditionally known as the British sausage. So, how can we help them with that? Clearly, we are looking for a label. We need a label brimming with health, and everything from a nosh pot to a white sliced will wear one with pride. And although I'm aware of the difficulties of coming to terms with this, it must be appreciated from the beginning, that even the nosh pot must be low in something, and if it isn't, it must be high in something else, and that is its health-giving ingredient we will sell.
 
2012-08-20 07:07:46 PM
"The nose knows..." he said.
 
2012-08-20 07:08:39 PM

Indubitably: "The nose knows..." he said.


And sniffing the night air, he rolled on down the way, walking as he went on by.
 
2012-08-20 07:08:59 PM
Body odor is disgusting. When I first went to Afghanistan and had to work with the Afghan National Army, I actually threw up the first time I was in a closed room with them. Deodorant and showering are some on mankind's greatest advances.
 
2012-08-20 07:09:58 PM
By farting and suggesting we needed a Certs.

/Two! *click* Two! *click* Two mints in one!
 
2012-08-20 07:13:12 PM
g-ecx.images-amazon.com

Ambivalence: not all presperation smells bad. But for MOST people, the presperation from the armpits is particularly....fragrant.

 
2012-08-20 07:14:15 PM
You smell like canned tamales.
outside-satan.trailertheater.com
/or a walnut rancher
 
2012-08-20 07:14:59 PM

PacManDreaming: They tried convincing us we were French?


They tried, but gave up.
 
2012-08-20 07:15:10 PM

downstairs: As long as you shower often, not everyone needs deoderant.


This is true but for most folks "often enough" does not allow an entire workday to go by before the next one is needed
 
jvl
2012-08-20 07:16:59 PM
When I was 18, my sister informed me that I needed to use anti-perspirant.

Best. Sister. Ever.
 
2012-08-20 07:17:49 PM

Calmamity: I have a coworker who refuses to use deodorant because it's not natural or it would be selling out to the Man of some such bullshiat.

Trust me, Americans do stink and deodorant is a good and wonderful product.


Ask him to at least use 1-2cc zinc oxide cream every 4 days in each armpit. No perfume -- kills the bacteria which cause the stank lasts a few days after each application.

Cheap too. Haven't used deodorant in 20 years.
 
2012-08-20 07:18:45 PM
Advertisers convinced Americans they needed antibacterial soap, special expensive cleaners for the toilet (when cheap dishwashing liquid works just as well), and a million other stupid things.

Thinking for yourself is not common among the masses. They WANT to be told what to buy.
 
2012-08-20 07:19:16 PM
European public transport in the summer is what hell smells like.
 
2012-08-20 07:19:55 PM

PacManDreaming: They tried convincing us we were French?


Obviously you have never lived in Greece.
 
2012-08-20 07:20:30 PM
"From Russia With Love," when Tatiana Romanova asks James Bond why Englishmen don't wear cologne since all Russian men do, he replies, "We bathe."
 
2012-08-20 07:20:51 PM
Actually, even soap and shampoo are sold to us as if they were in any way healthy or good for us. They are not.

These things strip our bodies of their protective outer layer of oils. By doing this, not only does our skin dry out and hair become brittle and lifeless, but it exacerbates the various odors that the human body will emit in order to recover from this stripping.

Wiping the body with lukewarm water on a hand towel and an occasional rinsing of hair under cool, running water is enough to clean on a semi-daily basis. Any more than that, or using chemicals like soap or shampoo, is unhealthy.
 
2012-08-20 07:22:02 PM

FarkinHostile: Advertisers convinced Americans they needed antibacterial soap, special expensive cleaners for the toilet (when cheap dishwashing liquid works just as well), and a million other stupid things.

Thinking for yourself is not common among the masses. They WANT to be told what to buy.


This.

Don't use denture tablets to clean orthodontic retainer, just soak in diluted H2O2. My ortho staff compliments me on how clean my aplliances are at each visit. Also use it to soak my toothbrush and tongue scraper.
 
2012-08-20 07:25:03 PM

taurusowner: Body odor is disgusting. When I first went to Afghanistan and had to work with the Afghan National Army, I actually threw up the first time I was in a closed room with them. Deodorant and showering are some on mankind's greatest advances.


Heh, pussy! You only went to Afghanistan. Try being 4'11" and walking under well meaning people's arms that open doors.
 
2012-08-20 07:26:04 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Actually, even soap and shampoo are sold to us as if they were in any way healthy or good for us. They are not.

These things strip our bodies of their protective outer layer of oils. By doing this, not only does our skin dry out and hair become brittle and lifeless, but it exacerbates the various odors that the human body will emit in order to recover from this stripping.

Wiping the body with lukewarm water on a hand towel and an occasional rinsing of hair under cool, running water is enough to clean on a semi-daily basis. Any more than that, or using chemicals like soap or shampoo, is unhealthy.

i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-08-20 07:26:30 PM
I was just noticing that I do, indeed, smell bad.

I drank a lot over the weekend, and I've been working hard enough to sweat today. Nasty booze sweat. I need a shower.
 
2012-08-20 07:27:16 PM

taurusowner: Body odor is disgusting. When I first went to Afghanistan and had to work with the Afghan National Army, I actually threw up the first time I was in a closed room with them.


I believe it.
 
2012-08-20 07:28:59 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Actually, even soap and shampoo are sold to us as if they were in any way healthy or good for us. They are not.

These things strip our bodies of their protective outer layer of oils. By doing this, not only does our skin dry out and hair become brittle and lifeless, but it exacerbates the various odors that the human body will emit in order to recover from this stripping.

Wiping the body with lukewarm water on a hand towel and an occasional rinsing of hair under cool, running water is enough to clean on a semi-daily basis. Any more than that, or using chemicals like soap or shampoo, is unhealthy.


you sound stinky.
 
2012-08-20 07:29:41 PM
i36.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-20 07:32:24 PM
Is this a trick question? It not that hard to figure out.

All they had to do was say:
Don't smell like Europeans
 
2012-08-20 07:32:56 PM
"I can smell people way, way, way out, man."

He raised his mug to the sky...

...and that was when his face was shot off-off by sharp-shot-shiat. ;)
 
2012-08-20 07:33:07 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Actually, even soap and shampoo are sold to us as if they were in any way healthy or good for us. They are not.

These things strip our bodies of their protective outer layer of oils. By doing this, not only does our skin dry out and hair become brittle and lifeless, but it exacerbates the various odors that the human body will emit in order to recover from this stripping.

Wiping the body with lukewarm water on a hand towel and an occasional rinsing of hair under cool, running water is enough to clean on a semi-daily basis. Any more than that, or using chemicals like soap or shampoo, is unhealthy.


I can't attest to shampoo, but being a hobbiest soapmaker I can attest that a good bar of handmade soap is NOT drying at all. Commercial soaps harvest out the glycerine that is made in the soponification process (which is itself a natural moisturizer) and handmade soaps also contain unsuponofied oils (a process known as "superfatting") that additionally moisturize the skin.

Not all soaps are created equal (and technically Ivory isn't even soap, it's a detergent bar, that's why it floats). Many commercial soaps are drying because of the processing they undergo and the chemicals they may contain, but many handmade soaps are not at all unhealthy and can acually improve skin condition.
 
2012-08-20 07:33:08 PM
I met a crunchy girl.
I asked her what in the world
are those lumps in your hair?
And don't you ever wear underwear?
Don't you ever eat meat and don't you ever wash your feet?
And what in the hell
Is that smell?
Patchoulli?
Is that dude your old man?
Do you guys live there in that van?
And do you have a long term plan at all?
Livin' on dried chick peas, alfalfa sprouts and tie-dyed-tees
and all those gol' danged herbal teas in jars.
And, you shop at Ikea
and you don't know what goes down in Ethiopia.
But you've got really cool hair.
I'm sure that will save the ozone layer.
Yeah, Right.
Get a job.
Crunchy girl.
 
2012-08-20 07:35:38 PM

FarkinHostile: Thinking for yourself is not common among the masses. They WANT to be told what to buy.


ris.fashion.telegraph.co.uk
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2012-08-20 07:36:46 PM
FRENCH!

FRENCH!

FRENCH!
 
2012-08-20 07:37:34 PM

Ambivalence: I can't attest to shampoo, but being a hobbiest soapmaker I can attest that a good bar of handmade soap is NOT drying at all. Commercial soaps harvest out the glycerine that is made in the soponification process (which is itself a natural moisturizer) and handmade soaps also contain unsuponofied oils (a process known as "superfatting") that additionally moisturize the skin.

Not all soaps are created equal (and technically Ivory isn't even soap, it's a detergent bar, that's why it floats). Many commercial soaps are drying because of the processing they undergo and the chemicals they may contain, but many handmade soaps are not at all unhealthy and can acually improve skin condition.


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-08-20 07:40:00 PM
Two women her make wonderful homemade soap locally.
One is Pam Anderson and the other is Joan Collins.
Really.
 
2012-08-20 07:40:34 PM
Hygiene is for pussies.
 
2012-08-20 07:41:36 PM
www.rant.com

/I feel better about my job
 
2012-08-20 07:42:21 PM

Loucifer: Hygiene is for pussies.


Don't be a douche.
 
2012-08-20 07:43:31 PM
this is one of the reasons I wouldn't go back to the middle ages even for all the money in the world. I'd rather make 20k a year for the rest of my life than be Henry V.
no deodorant, no sleeping pills, no tylenol, no fork, no air conditioner, corn husks for toilet paper, or your left hand in a pinch. just kill me.
 
2012-08-20 07:43:31 PM
Amazing shepherding job. Convince the flock to run a completely different direction.
 
2012-08-20 07:44:24 PM
You think that was marketing? Try Housitosis.
 
2012-08-20 07:44:43 PM
Broadcast spectrum turned into an unbridled capitalist whorehouse and people wonder where this batshiat insane electorate has come from?
 
2012-08-20 07:46:33 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Actually, even soap and shampoo are sold to us as if they were in any way healthy or good for us. They are not.

These things strip our bodies of their protective outer layer of oils. By doing this, not only does our skin dry out and hair become brittle and lifeless, but it exacerbates the various odors that the human body will emit in order to recover from this stripping.

Wiping the body with lukewarm water on a hand towel and an occasional rinsing of hair under cool, running water is enough to clean on a semi-daily basis. Any more than that, or using chemicals like soap or shampoo, is unhealthy.


I quite often see a vision of the samurai in The Seven Samurai who wiped his armpits all the time. I was captivated by the idea that this guy, at any moment, could draw a sword and separate my head from my neck for laughing at his blatant toilet.
 
2012-08-20 07:47:46 PM
I'm a guy and recently switched over from anti-perspirant (Speed Stick) to this http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Stick-Body-Deodorant-sticks/dp/B000L978F U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345506037&sr=8-1&keywords=crystal+deodorant a few months ago.

It's a mineral salt stick and acts as a deodorant, not an antiperspirant. You'll still sweat, but you don't smell because the salts prevent bacteria from growing. One application right after I shower each day lasts me fine until the next day whatever I'm doing.

The antiperspirants were irritating my pits sometimes and making them feel kinda nasty. This is much nicer. Just thought I'd throw it out there for anyone who hadn't heard of it.
 
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