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2020-09-27 3:00:00 PM  
I attribute my immortality to bathing only three times a week.  I've never owned a comb and have never used deodorant.  I rarely sweat.  Not due to inactivity but because I live in a low-humidity environment and am rail thin.  And no, I don't smell of patchouli.
 
2020-09-27 3:19:04 PM  
It seems like recirculating showers would eventually get traction, particularly in new home builds.
 
2020-09-27 3:41:09 PM  
Fark you. I'll power sand my taint if I feel like it.
 
2020-09-27 3:42:22 PM  

TomDooley: I attribute my immortality to bathing only three times a week.  I've never owned a comb and have never used deodorant.  I rarely sweat.  Not due to inactivity but because I live in a low-humidity environment and am rail thin.  And no, I don't smell of patchouli.


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2020-09-27 3:47:16 PM  
Damn, James Hamblin has one hell of a publicist.  He has gone from "that guy who doesn't shower and says his girlfriends lies it" to "expert" with articles all over the damn place.

"We've gotten a lot better, culturally, about not judging people about all kinds of things, but when people smell or don't use deodorant, somehow it's OK to say, 'You're gross' or 'Stay away from me!' and it gets a laugh," he says. "I'm trying to push back against the sense of there being some universal standard of normalcy."

You smell, asshole.  Have some consideration for others around you.
 
2020-09-27 3:52:28 PM  
I shower every day and it hasn't killed me yet.
 
2020-09-27 4:01:23 PM  

I Ate Shergar: I shower every day and it hasn't killed me yet.


Until it does...
 
2020-09-27 5:13:44 PM  
I plead the Fifth on this subject.
 
2020-09-27 6:31:56 PM  
TFA: But, Hamblin says, most of the time when people learn that he hasn't showered in five years, they just want to know if he stinks. He dutifully explains that he still washes his hands with soap frequently, occasionally wets his hair to get rid of bedhead and rinses off any time he's visibly dirty. But he finds the question tiresome - and also revealing.

"We've gotten a lot better, culturally, about not judging people about all kinds of things, but when people smell or don't use deodorant, somehow it's OK to say, 'You're gross' or 'Stay away from me!' and it gets a laugh," he says. "I'm trying to push back against the sense of there being some universal standard of normalcy."


In other words, if he raises his arms anywhere in your state, duck and cover.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2020-09-27 6:37:52 PM  
I'm guessing the stinky author of these books is a Farker, considering how many times these links pimping his books are submitted.
 
2020-09-27 6:40:29 PM  

FNG: I'm guessing the stinky author of these books is a Farker, considering how many times these links pimping his books are submitted.


I was thinking we did this thread recently, and we generally agreed that you needed to wash your pits, crotch, and ass often, and the rest as needed.
 
2020-09-27 6:48:11 PM  
I guess this guy can't swim because, while that's not a bath, you pretty much want to wash the ocean, lake, or swimming pool off pretty quick when you're done. Also, I'm assuming he probably doesn't exercise... never has sex... doesn't have kids or pets.
 
2020-09-27 6:48:25 PM  
Usually twice a day, but I think my record is 5 times.

/Like to shower before getting sweaty.
//...and then after.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2020-09-27 6:49:49 PM  

SBinRR: FNG: I'm guessing the stinky author of these books is a Farker, considering how many times these links pimping his books are submitted.

I was thinking we did this thread recently, and we generally agreed that you needed to wash your pits, crotch, and ass often, and the rest as needed.


We did, but the redlit submissions about these books far outweigh the greenlit ones.

/I spend way too much time here
 
2020-09-27 6:54:06 PM  

Monty_Zoncolan: I guess this guy can't swim because, while that's not a bath, you pretty much want to wash the ocean, lake, or swimming pool off pretty quick when you're done. Also, I'm assuming he probably doesn't exercise... never has sex... doesn't have kids or pets.


Hmm... yeah...
1. Pre-workout shower (gotta sweat clean!)
2. Post-workout/pre-pool shower (good manners)
3. post-pool shower (yuck, pool chlorine)
4. two or three-hour-later shower to get the rest of that farking pool chlorine that's making your skin itch.
 
2020-09-27 6:55:47 PM  
I'm still unclear as to why he finds showers to be so unpleasant that he tries this hard to avoid them.

Showers are nice, being clean feels nice.
 
2020-09-27 7:02:10 PM  
I'd shower more often but I hate to have to remove all the spider webs and shovel out the dust every time.
 
2020-09-27 7:04:03 PM  

gopher321: Fark you. I'll power sand my taint if I feel like it.


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2020-09-27 7:07:55 PM  

TomDooley: I attribute my immortality to bathing only three times a week.  I've never owned a comb and have never used deodorant.  I rarely sweat.  Not due to inactivity but because I live in a low-humidity environment and am rail thin.  And no, I don't smell of patchouli.


Steve Jobs!   You're alive!
 
2020-09-27 7:53:21 PM  

TomDooley: I attribute my immortality to bathing only three times a week.  I've never owned a comb and have never used deodorant.  I rarely sweat.  Not due to inactivity but because I live in a low-humidity environment and am rail thin.  And no, I don't smell of patchouli.


I remember when I was like that.

Then I turned 35. :p
 
2020-09-27 7:58:27 PM  

gopher321: Fark you. I'll power sand my taint if I feel like it.


I recently changed our shower head to one that has a brutal, focused, stream. It's a very intense situation but I have never felt cleaner!
 
2020-09-27 8:02:36 PM  

gopher321: Fark you. I'll power sand my taint if I feel like it.


Power Sanded Taint would make a great name for a metal band.
 
2020-09-27 8:06:10 PM  

TomDooley: I attribute my immortality to bathing only three times a week.  I've never owned a comb and have never used deodorant.  I rarely sweat.  Not due to inactivity but because I live in a low-humidity environment and am rail thin.  And no, I don't smell of patchouli.


Man, I bet you hum so farking bad that you have an actual visible glow around you a night.

Next you'll be telling us you don't wash your drawers because you just wait for the shiatstreaks to solidify and break them off the cloth like peppermint bark.
 
2020-09-27 8:08:11 PM  

lindalouwho: gopher321: Fark you. I'll power sand my taint if I feel like it.

Power Sanded Taint would make a great name for a metal band.


Or a Hole cover band.
 
2020-09-27 8:08:13 PM  

CFitzsimmons: gopher321: Fark you. I'll power sand my taint if I feel like it.

I recently changed our shower head to one that has a brutal, focused, stream. It's a very intense situation but I have never felt cleaner!


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How's it working?
 
2020-09-27 8:21:43 PM  
Better unwashed than using a ton of body spray. I had some woman pass me the other day that wafted crap in the air that would have me yelling "go wash that off you" if I knew which hooker it was. I could taste that shiat. I had to put that mask in the wash pile. shiat, her last Jon must have been in an RV.
 
2020-09-27 8:22:42 PM  
I guess these types of articles are written by thin people who work air conditioned jobs? When I worked an office job I didn't feel like yuck right after work. Now that I'm in the factory I feel disgusting after work.
 
2020-09-27 8:23:27 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Damn, James Hamblin has one hell of a publicist.  He has gone from "that guy who doesn't shower and says his girlfriends lies it" to "expert" with articles all over the damn place.

"We've gotten a lot better, culturally, about not judging people about all kinds of things, but when people smell or don't use deodorant, somehow it's OK to say, 'You're gross' or 'Stay away from me!' and it gets a laugh," he says. "I'm trying to push back against the sense of there being some universal standard of normalcy."

You smell, asshole.  Have some consideration for others around you.


The thing a time traveler could not be prepared for is THE STENCH. The past stunk in every way, all day.
The old environment can just suck eggs if it means minimal hygiene.
 
2020-09-27 8:30:28 PM  

SBinRR: lindalouwho: gopher321: Fark you. I'll power sand my taint if I feel like it.

Power Sanded Taint would make a great name for a metal band.

Or a Hole cover band.


Or a Butthole Surfers cover band.
 
2020-09-27 8:35:35 PM  
I shower once a month, whether I need to or not.
 
2020-09-27 8:43:30 PM  
There's a balance.  It depends on what you're doing, who you're seeing, where you're going.  It's really not necessary for everyone to follow the same regime as everyone else every day.  It's certainly not the case where we need to greenlight this "experts" advice once a month.
 
2020-09-27 9:25:21 PM  
These days, it depends whether I have an on-camera Zoom meeting.
 
2020-09-27 9:38:50 PM  
Skip showering? No thanks.

Once it gets warm/humid enough (like above 60) I sweat like a narc at a Zetas cartel meeting, and I get funkier than a Verdine White bass line. Good thing I'm usually outside when this happens because Mrs. Eel is not about to follow me around the house with a sweat mop.
 
2020-09-27 10:05:09 PM  

Gulper Eel: Skip showering? No thanks.

Once it gets warm/humid enough (like above 60) I sweat like a narc at a Zetas cartel meeting, and I get funkier than a Verdine White bass line. Good thing I'm usually outside when this happens because Mrs. Eel is not about to follow me around the house with a sweat mop.


Just make yourself an outfit out of those little silica desiccant bags.

/DO NOT EAT
 
2020-09-27 10:29:32 PM  
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2020-09-27 10:41:59 PM  
I shower every other day (more if necessary). I don't do physical work, I work in a climate-controlled pharmacy. I just make sure to deodorize every day, since we're close to each other, dodging each other, reaching over each other's heads, etc.
 
2020-09-27 11:03:58 PM  

Fursecution: CFitzsimmons: gopher321: Fark you. I'll power sand my taint if I feel like it.

I recently changed our shower head to one that has a brutal, focused, stream. It's a very intense situation but I have never felt cleaner!

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How's it working?


Oh, wow! No, it's not quite so specific.
 
2020-09-27 11:27:28 PM  
The smell comes mostly from not changing your clothes, until such time as it begin to come off you. That's when you need that bath.

But you have to wear clean clothes all the time, which of course means washing them often, which of course ruins them.

This so-called "hyginne" is a no-win battle.

o_O
 
2020-09-28 12:02:19 AM  
Armpits, asshole, crotch and teeth.
 
2020-09-28 12:16:40 AM  
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2020-09-28 12:18:49 AM  
"He dutifully explains that he still washes his hands with soap frequently, occasionally wets his hair to get rid of bedhead and rinses off any time he's visibly dirty."

IOW, he showers. He doesn't have a schedule like every day or every other day, but "rinses off any time he's visibly dirty" sounds like showering.
 
2020-09-28 12:21:46 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Damn, James Hamblin has one hell of a publicist.  He has gone from "that guy who doesn't shower and says his girlfriends lies it" to "expert" with articles all over the damn place.

"We've gotten a lot better, culturally, about not judging people about all kinds of things, but when people smell or don't use deodorant, somehow it's OK to say, 'You're gross' or 'Stay away from me!' and it gets a laugh," he says. "I'm trying to push back against the sense of there being some universal standard of normalcy."

You smell, asshole.  Have some consideration for others around you.


There are good reasons to not bathe/ shower every day. As you get older, it causes issues with hair and skin.

OTOH, if you can smell yourself you need to be cleaned. If you got sweaty today, clean.

And, I cannot express this enough, keep your sexy parts clean. Developing "musk" scent by not washing is not a turn on to about 99% percent of people. Regards of sex.
 
2020-09-28 12:22:43 AM  

SBinRR: FNG: I'm guessing the stinky author of these books is a Farker, considering how many times these links pimping his books are submitted.

I was thinking we did this thread recently, and we generally agreed that you needed to wash your pits, crotch, and ass often, and the rest as needed.


More or less, yes.
 
2020-09-28 12:24:14 AM  

Monty_Zoncolan: I guess this guy can't swim because, while that's not a bath, you pretty much want to wash the ocean, lake, or swimming pool off pretty quick when you're done. Also, I'm assuming he probably doesn't exercise... never has sex... doesn't have kids or pets.


Pets generally don't mind stinky humans. However, I don't want to be "that guy".
 
2020-09-28 12:25:35 AM  

Leishu: TomDooley: I attribute my immortality to bathing only three times a week.  I've never owned a comb and have never used deodorant.  I rarely sweat.  Not due to inactivity but because I live in a low-humidity environment and am rail thin.  And no, I don't smell of patchouli.

I remember when I was like that.

Then I turned 35. :p


Patchouli is the worst.
 
2020-09-28 12:26:37 AM  

RussianPotato: I shower once a month, whether I need to or not.


Are you ever correct?
 
2020-09-28 12:30:08 AM  

pup.socket: The smell comes mostly from not changing your clothes, until such time as it begin to come off you. That's when you need that bath.

But you have to wear clean clothes all the time, which of course means washing them often, which of course ruins them.

This so-called "hyginne" is a no-win battle.

o_O


Err. Running with your theory, the problem is evident. The body makes the clothes smell worse over time. Meaning that even if you are correct, the body smell will eventually overcome the clothes.

Also, take a shower you heathen ;)
 
2020-09-28 12:52:12 AM  

baron von doodle: Leishu: TomDooley: I attribute my immortality to bathing only three times a week.  I've never owned a comb and have never used deodorant.  I rarely sweat.  Not due to inactivity but because I live in a low-humidity environment and am rail thin.  And no, I don't smell of patchouli.

I remember when I was like that.

Then I turned 35. :p

Patchouli is the worst.


Better than musk.
 
2020-09-28 5:38:32 AM  
Was this study mostly done prior to 2020? Oh wait, no I read enough comments to check the article and it looks like it's just a guy who didn't want to shower, and the most revealing part of the article is when it asks if he stinks and then instead of putting up the big flashing light that says "YES ABSOLUTELY I DO" it goes into how he gets indignant about the question.
 
2020-09-28 7:31:06 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Damn, James Hamblin has one hell of a publicist.  He has gone from "that guy who doesn't shower and says his girlfriends lies it" to "expert" with articles all over the damn place.

"We've gotten a lot better, culturally, about not judging people about all kinds of things, but when people smell or don't use deodorant, somehow it's OK to say, 'You're gross' or 'Stay away from me!' and it gets a laugh," he says. "I'm trying to push back against the sense of there being some universal standard of normalcy."

You smell, asshole.  Have some consideration for others around you.


That guy is just a BO fetishist that some morans take seriously because they think they look smart taking a contrarian, controversial viewpoint.
 
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