We all stink. If you need proof, just watch a little television every once in a while. Every ad re-enforces the fact that we have horrible odor problems.
WeÂ have to get the right soaps, shampoos, and gels, otherwise, our skin and hair will smell like the dumpster behind a Cap’n Pete’s Crab Kitchen.Â We have to get scented foot powder because walking around in sox and shoes makes our feet stink like a teenage boy’s bedroom.Â We have to get the right antiperspirant, otherwise we’ll be able to grow rice in our armpits, and the smell coming from our underarms could clear out an Al Qaeda cave.Â We have to get the right toothpaste, mouthwash, or chewing gum, because that Godzilla breath of ours could strip the barnacles off a battleship.
And I don’t even need to mention our dookie/pee pee regions, and all the fucky-nooky accoutrements that are nearby. AsÂ Neil deGrasseÂ Tyson says, there’s a sewer system right in the middle of an amusement park down there, and by Jimmy Durante’s ghost, it will smell likeÂ one on a hot summer dayÂ ifÂ we don’t keep that shit douched, wiped, and powdered properly.
Now, of course in general, we’re not that bad. Most of us take steps to keep from getting overly ripe. We bathe regularly, we keep our clothes clean, and we’re conscious of it when we fail to do those things. But there are those — and we all knowÂ someone like thisÂ — who can’t or won’t take steps toward socially acceptable hygiene.
No big deal, right? They’reÂ easy to ignore . . . In most circumstances.
But, what if Stinky McGee shows up at a dinner party, or at a game night, or at a baby shower? What if it’s a situation where Smelly Smellerton can have an adverse effect on an event; namely scaring people away.Â
At what point do you take action? And what action would you take? When do you say something? What do you say? How are your diplomacy skills in situations like this?
“Good night, Mrs. Calabash . . . wherever you are!”
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.