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(C|Net)   Scientists want you to know how your ancestors smelled. Subby figures it was with their noses, but maybe we'll learn something new   ( divider line
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2020-11-22 7:59:53 AM  
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2020-11-22 6:27:04 AM  
4 votes:
My theory:

Everything smells more or less like ass.
2020-11-22 6:13:03 AM  
3 votes:
Reading about hygiene in the west, makes me convinced I'd be very chaste time traveler.
2020-11-22 11:31:14 AM  
2 votes:
But that's still terrible.  Sorry about your predicament.

On the other hand, I'm never the one who smelt it so I can claim not to have dealt it.

/Always look on the bright side of life...
2020-11-22 12:53:51 PM  
1 vote:
I've been to the livestock displays at several state fairs, so I think I'm good
2020-11-22 10:47:42 AM  
1 vote:
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''You might think the old west was all shiats and giggles and sarsaparilla and two-cent whores. It wasn't. It was smelly, it was violent, it was ridden with dysentery and no-account Injuns. I've had a lot of anger to get past ...''
2020-11-22 7:03:05 AM  
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Napoleon wore something close to 4711? Neat.

Fun history tid-bit:
U-boat crews had virtually no bathing facilities on their boats during World War II. This saved on internal volume and simplified facilities to maintain. They would be at sea from several weeks to a few months and they would smell just as awful and shiatty by their return to port as you're imagining.

The Kriegsmarine issued 4711 to their crews to help manage the smell. Many crew thought it didn't help and ended up using it as a gift to give their wives, girlfriends, prostitutes, or all three.

4711 still exists today and you can by this formula to smell one side of history. The unwashed body you'll have to add yourself.
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