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(continued) • The reason we have armpit hair is because the hairs act like wicks, moving moisture away from the skin and keeping it dry. Dry skin is healthier than moist skin. However, hair adds plenty of extra surface area for skin bacteria to cling to. Shaving cuts that area down. • Mankind through history has worked to combat body odor. Early Egyptians applied perfumed oils to the armpit, and regularly removed their underarm hair. The Greeks and the Romans followed suit, but until 1888 the only remedy for B.O. was to mask the odor with perfume and spices. • In 1888, a Philadelphia inventor stumbled on the fact that zinc prevents body odor. Zinc, like aluminum, prevents sweat from coming out of the pores, but it was decades before anyone understood why. He invented a zinc-based cream called Mum, patented it, and sold it widely. Bristol-Myers later bought him out, and Mum is still produced today, being marketed mainly in Britain. In 1902, a new antiperspirant called EverDry hit the market; it was the first to use aluminum chloride. It was followed in 1908 by Hush. Unfortunately all of these early brands of antiperspirant were sticky, slow drying, and irritating to the skin. Ever-Dry was so acidic it would eat right through the fabric of a shirt. • In 1916, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association discussed a study that showed a 25 percent solution of aluminum chloride in distilled water would reduce excessive sweating if applied to the underarm every two or three days. However, such a solution tended to cause the skin to burn, sting, and itch because aluminum chloride is corrosive, having a very low pH value.

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• A new product called Arrid Cream was introduced in the 1930s which contained aluminum sulfate instead of aluminum chloride. This was much easier on the skin and the product sold well. The next advancement in deodorant didn’t come along until 1947 when Stoppette Spray Deodorant became the first deodorant that could be applied without the fingers having to contact the solution. It came in a spritzing squeeze tube. In 1952, Bristol-Myers (producers of Mum) came out with the first rollon, invented by a company researcher named Helen Barnett Diserens who was inspired by the newly invented ballpoint pen. They named the product Ban, and it is still one of the top selling deodorants today.

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• Right Guard used zirconium salts instead of aluminum salts. Although it was less irritating to the skin, it acted as a deodorant but not as an antiperspirant. Five years later, Arrid Extra Dry provided both an antiperspirant and an anti-microbial deodorant in an aerosol spray. It sold so well that use of roll-ons and creams diminished, and by the mid-1970s the vast majority of deodorants used in the U.S. were aerosols. Then problems with the ozone layer surfaced. The aerosol market plummeted, to be replaced by today’s infinite variety of pump sprays, sticks, and gels. • The FDA classifies deodorants as cosmetics. However, antiperspirants are classified as drugs. Why the difference? Because antiperspirants technically alter the natural functions of your body. • Aluminum chloride discolors clothing and is famous for turning T-shirts yellow. Blame the antiperspirant for the armpit stains, not your sweat. • When rock star Kurt Cobain wrote the lyrics for Nirvana’s breakout song “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” he didn’t know Teen Spirit was actually the name a popular deodorant brand. The Mennen Company, which produced the deodorant, wouldn’t say whether the song caused sales to spike, but six months after the single debuted, Colgate bought the company for $670 million. • In 2008, actor Matthew McConaughey mentioned in an interview that he never uses deodorant or antiperspirant. The next day, he received a year’s supply of deodorant body spray from the Axe Company, along with a note on why he might want to start. • The Service Shirts Corporation once invented a bowling shirt that had deodorant injected

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Don’t forget our Furniture store : 21/1951 4/22/1935 4/23/1960 d 4/24/1942 It was a really hot day the office.Some There were libraries about 1.atTrue: have outlawed offensive body odor, /1940 twenty people insometimes close quarters and everyone as a was method of controlling homeless people. All of a sudden, A on. person canpeople sweat up to three gallons in a day. 4/26/1936 sweating, even with2.a fan started to wrinkle their noses at an odor passing through 3. Food and cars rank higheravailable than toiletries in terms of Flexible financing 4/27/1959 1. True or False: Some libraries have outthe air. One man said,national “Uh oh, someone’s isn’t TVdeodorant advertising. The sports writer was interviewing the coach. working.” The guy4.fromTRUE: the distant corner replied, “It about lawed40% offensive bodythan odor. women. Men sweat more “What’s the line-up for this season?” “Well,” can’t be me. I’m not wearing any.”

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replied the coach, “It looks like this: Jones and MOMENTS INinTIME a human sweat 24 hours? Jackson will do the razor blade commercials; The History Channel 3. Toiletry items rank third in national TV ad- Smith and Brown will go to deodorants; Taylor vertising. What two items rank into higher? a ● On April 28, 1789, three weeks ● OnwillApril 26, cream; 1937, during the Spanish and Fitzpatrick appear for shaving False: Men sweat about 40% more and McGregor is slated for breakfast cereals.” journey from Tahiti4. True to orthe West Indies, Civil War, the German military tests its women. in a mutiny led the HMS Bounty isthanseized powerful new air force -- the Luftwaffe 5. How many of sweat does mate. a normal by Fletcher Christian, thegallons master’s -- on the Basque town of Guernica in person sweat each18 year? of his loyal Captain William Bligh and 1. Why is supporters the phrase “sweating like awere pig” set adrift in a small, open northern Spain. One-third of Guernica’s completeboat. nonsense? Bligh and his men reached Timor in 5,000 inhabitants were killed or wounded, uses 85.5 the East Indies in June, after a voyage of and fires engulfed the city and burned for we recycle 2. What color is a hippo’s3,600 sweat? miles. about days. 1st Quarter 2013 e remaining 70% or 46 ● On April 24, 1800, Week 17 President John Adams ● On April 23, 1954, Hank Aaron hits the n tons could approves legislation to appropriate $5,000 to first home run of his Major League Baseestablish the Library of Congress. first “Winning is the bestThe deodorant.” library catalog, dated 1802, listed 964 volball career. Twenty years later, Aaron –John Madden umes and nine maps. Twelve years later, the became baseball’s new home-run king British army invaded the city of Washington This word means: Ancient when heEgyptians broke Babe Ruth’s long-standing and burned the Capitol, including the then rubbedrecord this spice underof their armpits 714 career homers. 3,000-volume Library of Congress. for odor control.

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A model in an evening gown appeared on the cover of a Harper’s Bazaar magazine Tony Danza 4/21/1951 in 1915. The photo was scandalous for Glen Campbell 4/22/1935 many reasons: she wasn’t wearing a corset, like a pig”Valerie is Bertinelli 4/23/1960 her skirts were above her ankle,1.and“Sweating the Barbara Streisand 4/24/1942 nonsense because pigs don’t back of the dress was low. But thehave most sweat glands. Al Pacino 4/25/1940 scandalous thing was that she was 2. shown Hippo sweat is red. Carol Burnett 4/26/1936 without any armpit hair. The Wilkenson Sheena Easton 4/27/1959 Sword razor blade company jumped right on the bandwagon and fiercely pushed the idea of women’s underarm hair as unfeminine and unhealthy. They subsequently a lot of blades. gardens helps keepsolddeer away, protecting their crops from the

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1. True: Some libraries have outlawed offensive body odor, sometimes as a method of controlling homeless people. 2. A person can sweat up to three gallons in a day. 3. Food and cars rank higher than toiletries in terms of national TV advertising. 4. TRUE: Men sweat about 40% more than women. 5. An average person will sweat about 278 gallons a year.

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