Rix Quinn’s Minute Story: Deodorant


It’s August, and the weather’s so steamy I’m now taking two showers a day. I also use deodorant twice daily, and I smell so pretty I’m falling in love with myself all over again.

Speaking of body odor, long ago ancient people experimented with several underarm deodorants, including cinnamon and citrus.

Then cannibals moved nearby, and found the smell irresistible. So, they originated the expression, “Let’s have the neighbors over for dinner.”

In modern days, dedicated scientists tested underarm sweat. They found fresh sweat was odorless, but if stored several hours it became offensive.

We are grateful to these pit pioneers, whose discoveries live today. Sadly, these researchers did not survive the experiment.

Yes, today we live in a mostly stink-free world. We’ve got mouthwash for bad breath, deodorant for offensive armpits, and even shoe deodorizer to keep our toesies flower-fresh.

So, I leave you with the immortal words of my old uncle, who said, “If your nose runs, and your feet smell, you’re built upside down.”

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Rix Quinn is a former magazine publisher who works as an independent biographer and broadcaster.

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