“Any excuse will serve a tyrant.” – Aesop
The Nitty Gritty of Hygiene
There isn’t a whole lot in life that is worse than bad hygiene. Everyone has different thresholds for what they are willing to put up with and where they draw the line. Obviously, the gamut of cleanliness runs between the OCD hygienic police and hoarders that live in filth and the majority of us bob somewhere in the middle of these two worlds.
To make matters even more confusing, we often decide what we find unpleasant based on what society has told us is unsanitary. A good example of this is how we feel about body hair. In the early 1900’s, razors were strictly intended for male use; their purpose was to aid in beard and hair trimming. Realizing that they could increase sells exponentially if they targeted the other fifty percent of the population, Bic razors started a campaign which suggested pit and leg hair was unbecoming on a woman. Prior to this campaign, women never concerned themselves with body hair. A century later, and we still view armpit, vaginal, and leg hair as gross -a sign of dirtiness and unkemptness.
Societal views of hygiene are continually changing and when we look back on some of the practices we deemed normal long ago, we are dumbfounded. Here’s some health practices of the Medieval days that might have you cringing in disgust, but were perfectly normal back then.
15 Gross Medieval Hygiene Practices That Will Make You Glad To Live In The Present
If you’re an American and poor like myself, you probably don’t get out of this country much. Hell, it can be hard to get out of your own hometown. We obviously see our country a certain way because we live here. Granted, every state is different so there’s bound to be shock regardless of where you travel within the US limits. That being said, there is some continuity in how we perceive things and the mannerism, ways we talk, and things we do across the board.
So, it’s particularly interesting when someone from a different country comes here and experiences things we take for granted because we seem them everyday. We’ve become so accustomed to them that we forget many of our habits could be construed as straight-up odd, weird, funny, or even revolting.
Here, 22 foreigners discuss there “wtf” moments when they visited America.
Americans vs. The World
Here in America, we believe we are better than the rest of the world. However, recently American’s have been getting a bad reputation when it comes to our intelligence.
Watch this video to see if Americans are dumber than the rest of the world