Questions not to ask single menJune 20, 2023 Tim WorstallNewspaper Watch28 Commentswould you wear underpants for a week without cleaning them? previousOh, rightnextClearly, time to cut teachers’ pay 28 thoughts on “Questions not to ask single men” Steve June 20, 2023 at 10:05 am Turning them inside out counts as washing, right? Btw – never use the kettle in your hotel room. MC June 20, 2023 at 10:09 am Sounds horrific. Especially if one lives abroad in warmer climes. Luckily for me, a small brown person in my employ keeps me supplied with laundered and ironed underthings. Boganboy June 20, 2023 at 10:20 am If someone wonders what this would smell like, they’re welcome to poke their nose in my crotch and take a deep breath. Dennis, Just Dennis June 20, 2023 at 10:23 am What do you mean, “Would you”? Andrew Carter June 20, 2023 at 10:28 am I change my underpants once a month whether they need changing or not. The Meissen Bison June 20, 2023 at 10:28 am Cleaning? Really, cleaning? With a brush or something rather than taking them down to the river and beating them against a rock? AndyF June 20, 2023 at 11:06 am There are many adverts on TV selling women’s products designed to allow them to dance, play tennis and ride horses without visibly wetting themselves. Fairly few for men, and if they do they tend to feature old blokes with walking stiks. Also there are those other women’s adverts for things with wings to control those other forms of leaks. I think its fair to say that a single man who is still in his physical prime quite possibly does not have the need to change underwear as frequently as many. If he showers frequently perhaps they could last a week without any detectable degradation. Steve June 20, 2023 at 11:25 am There are many adverts on TV selling women’s products designed to allow them to dance, play tennis and ride horses without visibly wetting themselves Tbf this is exactly how most women spend their days when they’re not huffing fabric softener or giving birth. bloke in spain June 20, 2023 at 11:41 am Cleaning? Really, cleaning? With a brush or something Chisel can be useful. Grikath June 20, 2023 at 12:34 pm BiS, no… that’s for taking them off… The ritual cleansing requires two rocks or a decent bonfire.. 😉 Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious, Yet Again June 20, 2023 at 12:34 pm I think its fair to say that a single man who is still in his physical prime quite possibly does not have the need to change underwear as frequently as many. If he showers frequently perhaps they could last a week without any detectable degradation. Not if he eats Mexican. bloke in spain June 20, 2023 at 12:48 pm Grikath? You’re presuming taking them off to wash them? Very avant garde. Doing it during the annual bath not good enough for you? Andrew M June 20, 2023 at 12:55 pm Related, I wonder how smelly were people’s clothes in the days before every household had a washing machine. Presumably you couldn’t tell over the odour of burnt tobacco. Penseivat June 20, 2023 at 1:19 pm On military exercises or long term operations, we reckoned you could wear them for 3 days before turning them inside out. Mohave Greenie June 20, 2023 at 1:20 pm Underpants? What is this underpants of which you speak? Jeffrey Dahmer June 20, 2023 at 1:23 pm Not if he eats Mexican. Racist, but accurate. Andrew C June 20, 2023 at 1:32 pm “AndyF Also there are those other women’s adverts for things with wings to control those other forms of leaks.” Ice skating is her PASSION. Along with, it would seem, eating donuts. SadButMadLad June 20, 2023 at 4:34 pm There was a period a couple of years ago when the only thing I changed every day was my socks. Grikath June 20, 2023 at 4:47 pm AndrewM Related, I wonder how smelly were people’s clothes in the days before every household had a washing machine. Presumably you couldn’t tell over the odour of burnt tobacco. Up until roughly the 16thC when the French Notions about hygiene took over…. not that bad, actually. Europe had a solid bathing culture up until then, and walking around in dirty/ill-kempt clothing was a sign of either poverty or sloth. Clothes did maketh the Man in that day and age, and everyone who could afford it did his/her best to show off the best allowed for their station. With a clear distinction between work clothes, night clothes, and “fine” clothes ( for church and festivities ) There’s a fair amount of surviving diaries and tidal/yearbooks detailing the washing of and care for clothes, with lists of herbs and spices, local or imported, to store clothes safely for the seasons. Lavender, thyme and rosemary, along with moss/pine resins feature heavily in them. And a strict emphasis on airing clothes whenever possible, especially in winter. Everybody + dog did embroidery to protect the hems, cuffs and collars from all the washing. And I mean everybody. May be the usual analingus, but both Henry VII and Henry VIII were praised for the quality of their needlework in their younger days, and there’s several accounts of VII showing his boredom by picking up some piece of needlework and working on that.. And plenty of accounts of people being ousted from the hospitality of “Bed and Hearth” because of their body odour in inns and guesthouses… So yeah… Until the Quacks took over with their notions of “A good Stink keeps the Plague at bay”, and the puritan wave of bodyshaming associated with the Reformation …. Not the overly perfume-laden waft of modern clothes, but they definitely didn’t smell Bad. If they did, you were Poor or something similar that people would rather not associate with. Chernyy Drakon June 20, 2023 at 4:52 pm Save the environment, go commando. AndyF June 20, 2023 at 5:20 pm @Chernyy Drakon If you do go commando, choose button up flies and not zips. If you need to know why, watch “There’s Something About Mary” at around the 13 minute mark. Andrew M June 20, 2023 at 5:52 pm Thanks Grikath, good summary. Dennis, As White As They Get June 20, 2023 at 6:25 pm Racist, but accurate. I’m racist… Cool! jgh June 20, 2023 at 7:11 pm Last year I read The Time-Traveller’s Guide to the Middle Ages. The chapters on clothing and hygiene are eye-opening to modern prejudices. asiaseen June 21, 2023 at 2:41 am [a] single man who is still in his physical prime quite possibly does not have the need to wear underwear. FIFY He should be too busily occupied to have time Ed P June 21, 2023 at 11:40 am Don’t need them under ma kilt Southerner June 21, 2023 at 1:05 pm The critical part is not to have low standards like the bloke in the article. It is to have a sex partner with very low standards. I expect a woman to have high standards of personal hygiene and she would expect the same of me. bloke in spain June 22, 2023 at 1:25 pm It should be tribute to Tim’s blog that the commenters have responded largely to the topic with humour. In less pleasant company one might have found raging fury against the Patriarchy. Leave a ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Name * Email * Website Comment * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.