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  • Probably a combination of body stench and whatever perfume or cologne they used to try and cover up their own smell.
  • I heard about this yesterday on "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!"
  • Reading about hygiene in the west, makes me convinced I'd be very chaste time traveler.
  • My theory:

    Everything smells more or less like ass.
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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.
  • An ex GF bought me some "Jockey Club" by Caswell-Massey, presumably because "Jockey Club was favored by President of U.S.A. John F. Kennedy." (As well as such other notables as George Washington, Cole Porter, Alla Nazimova, John Denver, and The Rolling Stones.)

    C-W is one of the oldest continuously operating company in the U.S.(before the U.S. actually.)

    For some reason it always pissed her off when I would tell her I was going to splash on some of that "Massey-Ferguson Jock Itch" that she got me.

    It is a nice smelling fragrance that doesn't seem overpowering, but I prefer to just shower every day and not wear colognes.
  • Pants full of macaroni!!: My theory:

    Everything smells more or less like ass.


    The classic jazz song --- Buddy Bolden's Blues --- was titled (iirc and if my sources were right) Funky Butt. It was about the dances the bands played at: working class people dancing in tiny, airless ballrooms. In pre-Air Conditioning New Orleans.

    I thought I heard Buddy Bolden say.
    You nasty bunch of dirty. Take it away.
    You're terrible, you're awful. Take it away.
    I thought I heard Buddy Bolden say.

    I thought I heard Buddy Bolden shout.
    Open up that window and let the bad air out.
    Open up that window and let that foul air out.
    I thought I heard Buddy Bolden say.


    Jellyrolll Morton sings Buddy Bolden's Bliues

    The lyrics were a sometime thing. The singer would scan the room and make up verses about the people in attendance.
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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 ...''
  • Everything smells the same to me.

    Sinus operations (that ended up being useless for what they were supposed to fix) took out my sense of smell when I was a pre-teen.

    Before you jump to a conclusion that everything would taste the same to me, not true. I think some of the ones pretty far back toward my mouth lived because I can taste differences I shouldn't be able to with 0 smelling.I had to go through several test from my disbelieving father to prove it.
  • Morchella: Everything smells the same to me.

    Sinus operations (that ended up being useless for what they were supposed to fix) took out my sense of smell when I was a pre-teen.

    Before you jump to a conclusion that everything would taste the same to me, not true. I think some of the ones pretty far back toward my mouth lived because I can taste differences I shouldn't be able to with 0 smelling.I had to go through several test from my disbelieving father to prove it.


    I suppose out of the five senses, if you had to choose one to lose smell would probably be the one most would go with.

    But that's still terrible.  Sorry about your predicament.
  • Let's go back to Monty Python.

    "I have a dog who has no nose!"

    "How does he smell?"

    "Terrible!"
  • Cythraul:
    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...
  • I've been to the livestock displays at several state fairs, so I think I'm good
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