What is the LONGEST time you have ever gone without shoering or bathing?

@James72 (26829)
Australia
December 2, 2008 4:27am CST
I once went on a camping trip for about 8 days and never bathed or showered ONCE the whole time I was gone! I came back with matted hair, a layer of dirt on my body that tooks ages to scrub off; and ultimately looking and smelling like something from a dumpster behind a cattle ranch mess hall! It just wasn't of any concern to me to be worried about my appearance or cleanliness while I was camping so I went all feral for a week or so! lol. So what about you? What is the longest you have ever gone without showering or bathing yourself?
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@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
2 Dec 08
Hahaha... you feral man!! Being a cleanliness freak I hardly see myself skipping my shower. And to top that the fact that I do not get ill much, I do not go without being cleaned for more than a day. India, as you know, is hot and humid and I dare not not try to experiment with it also. But a lot of people do - courtesy all those refreshing deodorants. The brands should get them sold in Iceland and then I would understand their credibility.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
It's a bird..... It's a plane..... NO! It's FERAL MAN! I will occasionally go a single day without a shower on a weekend or something but this is pretty rare! Yes, India is very hot and sticky a lot of the time so it would not be wise at all to test any non-showering theories! Interesting perspective about deodorant sales in cold climates too. I wonder if Alaska has a big market for them also? Thanks for the response mimpi.
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@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
2 Dec 08
lol.. that would be next research project...
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
Hmmm. I guess we're gonna need funding now. These research projects can get expensive! One major point up front though mimpi..... I will NOT be the one sniffing the subjects armpits if there will be a requirement for this alongside the standard deodorant availability research.
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
2 Dec 08
Eight days. . How come they did not quarantine you ? The longest that i went through without having a shower was around 2 and half days and was quite a long time ago that i really forget how i smelled. It was actually a holiday on in the wilderness with some friends. It was hot and we had camped in a cabin with no proper bathing facilities and the only water around was a distance away in dry river which had crocs. We dared not venture there. I do remember that we smelled so much that we had to have our beds at different corners of the room. And the worse thing we seemed to be attracting flies from all around. After 2 and half days we found a fresh water stream and boy was that a relief.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
I have just realized my spelling error in the title! Damn that annoys me..... I am sure that quarantine was on many people's minds when I eventually returned after a week in the wilderness; but I was a forward thinker back then and showered quickly before anyone could get too enthusiastic about that option! Two and a half days with no shower is certainly no easy situation to deal with and especially if there were several of you! I am not suprised that you retreated to separate corners of the room at all. Maybe you could have tired the dry rivers anyways and the smell woul.d have frightened the crocs away! I guess we'' never know..... I tell you though, that fresh water stream must have seemed like an oasis in the desert once you found it! lol. Thanks for the response alok.
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
2 Dec 08
Shoering ? What is that got to do with the shower? I had not noticed it but did now that you brought it up. We did not dare venture near those crocs James, smelly or not, for i had no intention of becoming thier snack. The stream was indeed a relief and all of us spent over an hour tring to feel fresh. Come to think of it there was another time when i went for about 2 days or so but this time it was in freezing weather and it was difficult to find hot water. But it was no where near the the earlier experience. And the quick thinking in your case , else decontaminating,qaurantine..all those guys with the suits on..
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
Yes alok.... "Shoering"! It's kinda like glovering, sockering and shirtering but involves the feet yah? Two days without showering or bathing in a cold climate would be far more tolerable I reckon. Remove heavy sweating from the equation and I think I would be in with a real chance to go some time myself. By the way I wasn't a suit wearer back when I went camping and was working in a manual labour job at the time. I still reckon you should have tested the croc theory though.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
3 Dec 08
3 days if I remember correctly in fact in winter that's how long I can last without shower or bath unless we have visitors
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
Winter isn't such a bad season to go showerless for periods of time I reckon. At least we are not sweating a lot like we are in summer! I am not sure if I could go any longer than a couple of days myself anymore though. Thanks for the response LittleMel.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
4 Dec 08
[b]Once a year, whether you need it or not, eh? Maggiepie[/b]
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
4 Dec 08
LOL maggie
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• Philippines
2 Dec 08
It took me a week not to be able to take a bath due to chicken pox. Mom just did a sponge bath to me during my illness.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
Actually I had CHicken Pox as a child too so probably went some time also with a bath or shower! I do seem to recall my Mother wiping me with a wet cloth too so I guess I wouldn't have gotten too feral. lol. Ain't Mum's great! Thanks for the response sweetmafia.
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• India
2 Dec 08
Lol, don't ask. I used to stay back in college for a inter college competition. We stayed there over a month without bathing. It was soo yuck. Everyone was smelling awfully! Our skin had become soo dirty and yuck. Remembering it also causes me to puke.!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
A MONTH! Wow. from what I remember about how I looked and smelled after a week only this must have been horrendous! People would have smelled you arriving ten minutes before you actually DID arrive! Hahaha. I am not surprised that thinking about it makes you want to puke at all. Thanks for the response anurag.
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• United States
3 Dec 08
Well... I lived in my car for three weeks, so... three weeks.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
Welcome to mylot Jez. Living out of a car can't have been very comfortable. And living in a small space like a car and NOT having had a shower for that long must have been an interesting situation! lol. At least the word "lived" is past tense so it can be notched up as an experience! Thanks for the response.
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• United States
3 Dec 08
Thanks for the welcoming words. I appreciate it. The car living took place a long, long time ago, before I had kids and a somewhat stable life. I wouldn't change it, though.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
Experiences like these may be difficult to handle at the time, but they do indeed make us stronger people in the end! It also allows us to appreciate what we DO have so much more. Good for you for not just getting your life back on track the way you have; but for being able to look to the past like this and see the silver lining!
@Reeta02 (136)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I have gotten lazy before and not taken a shower for a whole two days. I felt icky, though, so that hasn't happened since. :)
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
Weclome to mylot Reeta. Two days is the maximum for me these days also. I too feel way too icky if I go any longer than that! Thanks for the response.
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@riyasam (16571)
• India
2 Dec 08
yuck!yuck!yuck!i try to have a sponge bath atleast,if i am feeling lazy for a full bath.anyways,i donot remember going without a bath,atleast in recent years.(10 years) i have done a bit of camping myself but has not done such a heroic deed.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
It certainly felt like a heroic deed to me riya but I can assure you there were many people that begged to differ! lol. It is certainly not something I would do again any time soon and even a sponge bath or a wipe down is better than all that time with no bathing at all! I was a young 'un then anyway so all should be forgiven! Thanks for the response.
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2 Dec 08
I could not go without a daily shower except when I have been too ill do do it. There have been experiments done where people do not wash for weeks and they found that the skin starts cleaning itself in about 6 - 8 weeks and your hair gets really shiny. I would not like to try it though. I would not like to have been near you James before you took that shower. Pooo.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
The skin starts to clean itself? Wow. I never knew this at all! 8 days was horrendous enough so I don;t think I could possibly go for 6 - 8 weeks just to prve to myself if this is the case for me or not. Imagine the poor Scientists that had to do all the tests on the non-showerers! I do strongly suggest you never try to see how long you can go either wanderer and I donlt think anyone wished to be near me after that camping trip! It was only after a good long shower and scrub that people would even LOOK at me! Hahaha. Thanks for the response.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Ewww, James, you reeked! When Boyfriend and I went whitewater rafting, we had the option of spending the night under a tent or paying for a room with TV, AC and bathroom. I opted and paid for the latter. I know, I know, I'm kinda high-maintenance when it comes to "nature" stuff like this. But again, we'll go back to my infamous last year. I think I went for a week or so without taking a shower... and that happened like every other week... I just wanted to stay in bed and for some reason, taking a bath or shower was too much of an effort. Boyfriend had to convince and push me into the bathroom just to make me clean myself up. He would "bribe" me by saying he would take me out if I freshen myself up. That only worked for so few a times as I didn't even want to go to the bathroom, how much more outside? Now? I can't even go outside without taking a shower. It just signals the start of my productive day.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
How funny is that! It appears we were both responding to each other's discussion at the same time..... Oh, so you are one of these girly-girls whose idea of roughing it is not taking the hairdryer right? It sounds like you had yourself one unusual year there SaintAnne! Thank goodness your BF was persistent and helped you to break that habit. I am sure you must be feeling so much more invigorated now that you have overcome these behaviours. I start my day with a shower too, as it wakes me up further and refreshed me overall. I will go the occasional day of the weekend without one though! I too am happy that I have never embraced that week long stint of no showering again because I did reek to high heaven after it! lol. Thanks for the response.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Nowadays, we have to observe Spare the Air days, James. Spare the air!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
Ok Ok.... I will make the effort to spare it more then and promise to shower at LEAST once every 36 hours from this point forward!
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• United States
2 Dec 08
Ewwwwww!!!! Even when I am sick I have to get up and get a bath, just to get the "sick" off me. The longest I have gone without a bath or shower is a day. Even then I feel grungy and nasty, and it is just completely unacceptable to be around people, for me. 8 days? Ewwwww!!!!
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• United States
2 Dec 08
I SAW the typo, James, but you had already said something about it. What's the point of pointing out something you already found on your own? That's no fun. *Sits back and watches James run.*
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
I'm gettin' smarter see! If I cut you off at the chase then the teasin' is kept to a minimum! I point it out first so you can't catch me on it..... I am not as dumb as some people look ya know!
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• United States
2 Dec 08
Sooooooo, you are trying to prove that you are not just another pretty face, huh?
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@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I would guess probably 1 week. I traveled a lot in my late teens and early twenties. I spent many a night on the road in my car and once bathed in a river under a train bridge. I went for a job interview that day and had to look my best. They did not know I was pretty much homeless at the time. I got the job too.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
This is one heck of a story to share if you ever end up as a motivational speaker or something tess! lol. From car living to river bathing under train bridges to blitzing an interview and landing a job! Thanks for the response.
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• United States
3 Dec 08
I agree great story !
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
4 Dec 08
[b]My family was in Pennsylvania when I was 10 to 11, during a steel strike, so no-one could get a job (it was '57, Western PA). Dad & Mom hunted wild game & salvaged scrap metal to sell to make ends meet, & we lived out of our car, next to a small stream, until winter came (then we moved into an abandoned house & it was cozy, but all we had for water was a nearby tiny spring). WE bathed every day. It was fun, from my childish POV. Swimming every day! I'd never been able to do that before! Maggiepie[/b]
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• United States
2 Dec 08
I love thos post it's so real. I have no time I can think of that I went without bathing. I have been without the use of the actual shower. But it was the sink or a pail I was able to use. I can remember the days with no hot water or the hurricanes in Florida. We were afraid to shower in the dark house.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
4 Dec 08
[b]Do you know what a "number 2 washtub" is? When I lived with my G-parents on their farm as a child in rural Louisiana, to get a bath, we had to pump water from a well, haul it inside in big buckets, & heat it on a wood stove, then pour it into a big tub, & bathe like that. It usually took at least 3 kettles of boiling water to a couple of cool ones to make enough water for me to bathe--& I was just a scrawny kid! It was a lot of work, but if ya wanna get CLEAN...ya does whatcha GOTTA, y'know? Maggiepie[/b]
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
4 Dec 08
It sounds more like a procedure you would undergo to make a great big pot of soup if you ask me!
• United States
2 Dec 08
I once went two days without one, but that's because I had just had a C section and had to wait for the doctor's approval. After those two days,I was dying for one! That shower felt better than anything.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
Goodness me! Not being able to shower for a couple of days after giving birth sounds SO uncomfortable and frustrating to have to wait this long. A couple of other members have shared similar experiences and it really does sound intolerable. It must have ended up being one of the greatest showers of all time when you were finally given the green light! lol. Thanks for the response bellamommy.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
4 Dec 08
[b]Your doctor should've told you what mine did when I had stomach surgery: tape a sheet of plastic over the wound, & get in the shower! I had to do that for 6 weeks. But it WORKED! Maggiepie[/b]
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
4 Dec 08
Did it keep your tummy nice and fresh too Maggiepie?
@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
2 Dec 08
Caught you there. Missed the W? lol. A very interesting question James. though I like taking bath daily, but I wouldn't mind going without a shower or bath for a week too. I know what you mean. I have people in my family who would fall sick if faced such a situation.Well, I am not a slave of my habits. I am a free soul.lol.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
Yeah, yeah. I saw the missing W immediately after posting it and it's driving me crazy! lol. You are fortunate to have such a free soul Daffodil but I am glad to hear that you like to take a daily bath regardless! I didn't mind it myself at the time to be honest, but I certainly wouldn't do the same these days. I'd feel way too disgusting I think. Thanks for the response.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
2 Dec 08
LOL. I couldn't figure out what W you guys are talking about. And then I saw the shoering. No, James, I don't think I've ever encountered the need for a shoe ring.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
You haven't??? Damn. I just forked out a couple of grand for a whole friggin' shipping container full of 'em!
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• United States
3 Dec 08
Honestly?..You want the honest truth?..OK The longest I went without taking a bath or shower was 6 days straight. Yes 6 days. Why?..Because I had the flu in the winter time and I was told by my doctor NOT to take any baths, showers or wash my hair. 6 days is a heck of a long time without actually being in water, but I took a wash up with a towel, warm water and soap. It was cold in out house at that time.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
New avatar miraclefreebies? Nice! The truth is always good..... It shall set you free remember? lol. 6 days is certainly a long time but it does seem that many people are not showering when they are sick. I don;t feel like it either when I'm unwell, but I will at least wash every second day or something in these circumstances. Colder weather is uninspiring also, but we gotta do what we gotta do regardless. Thanks for the response.
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@jb_vete (323)
• Philippines
3 Dec 08
Eewww.... You really would smell so... bad with that 8 days without bath. You should now realize how blessed you are for being able to take a bath everyday in your home. For me, i think the longest time i spend in the shower is only 1 hour. That happens when i really pamper myself like when i do my body scrub, foot scrub.. and the likes.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
Oh believe me jb, I smelled pretty bad alright! lol. The funny thing was though, I didn't really notice it myself and it was only when I returned home that it became obvious to me. I do shower every day most of the time now but I don't go to all that trouble with the body scrubs and foot scrubs etc. It all sounds like too much hard work I reckon! Thanks for the response.
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• India
2 Dec 08
i never take bath when i am in vacation.the maximum numbers of days i have not taken bath is a week.i will take bath atleast once in a week .if suppose iam about to go out i will take bath.the main reason for not taking bath is that i feel lazy to take bath.today also i didnt take bath.i feel proud in telling this .but i think its a bad habit,not to take bath.happy my loting have a nice day .....
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
2 Dec 08
Never while on vacation? That's an interesting practice vinoth! I too will sometimes go a day without a shower but this is pretty rare. It is definitely a good habit to try to bathe every day if possible and especially if we are living in a hotter climate. Thanks for the response and you have a nice day also.
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• United States
3 Dec 08
I have gone incredibly long periods of time without shoering or bathing. Once when I was about 13 I ran away from home. I was gone for about a week I think, and I have gone WAY longer than that without shoering - very recently even - but I'm telling you about that time because it was so gross, and I know how much you like gross. Anyway, I started my period while I was 'on the run' and had no change of clothes. The blood drenched my jeans almost down to my knees and then dried up thick and crusty. I just kept my coat on all the time, which I had to do anyway since it was so friggin' cold due to the fact that it was winter. But ahhh, the joy of freedom, no matter the price. And BTW, I thought you used Firefox?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
First of all, thank you SO much for drawing consistent attention to my error zigzagbuddha! AS you can imagine, I had completely forgotten about my oversight so it was of great importance that you were able to remind me like this. (I Use an Opera Browser and noticed the typo the second I posted the discussion..... I've been kicking myself since to be honest! lol) Now I thought I liked gross also, but you have defined an entirely NEW level of gross with this one I think! I am not sure how exactly to react to your personal definition of "freedom" zigzagbuddha but I do suggest you upgrade your dictionary! I am going to have to breal protocol this time around and thank you for your comments I think. Gratitude must be shown for having the chance to start my day with such a vivid picture in my mind as this one you have created! Cheers! lol.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
Oh for God's sake! I had just woken up and was staring blurrily at the screen when typing..... Yeah, I get carried away with little or no regard for errors in my posts, but I have to be 100% accurate in my daily work writing and this is my chance to not have to be so friggin' retentive all the time, so gimme a break! Apparently "breal" is a very popular dish of braised veal..... I am pretty sure they sell it at Wal-Mart actually.
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• United States
3 Dec 08
Hah! That is not a good sign that you are deliberately courting bad writing habits... guaranteed I would find typos in your work related missives! And it does not surprise me that you missed my own typo, although I am very glad as you would probably not have let me live it down.
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
14 Dec 08
The longest I've gone without a shower or bath is around 10 days. During the Gulf invasion, we were in a concentration camp in the desert (no man's land between Iraq and Jordan) for around a week. We just got around a bottle of water to be used when we relieved ourselves (which I did at night quite a distance away from the makeshift tent)....and I couldn't take a bath with that, could I? I also realized that there was no point in taking a shower or bath. The next moment after we washed our hands or feet, it was covered in dust or sand. I would send you a picture of how we looked then....but don't want to scare you! After a week in the concentration camp, it took us around 3-4 days to travel to Jordan and catch a flight to Mumbai from there. At Mumbai, some very nice people took us to a Church so that we could 'freshen' up and was I happy to take that shower (something I had taken for granted ...having running water all the time in Kuwait). This happened when I was 15.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Dec 08
Wow. This certainly sounds like a memory and a half! Being so dirty and isolated is one thing, but also being stuck in and escalating situation like that must have been quite scary! It must have been a wonderful feeling to set your feet down on Indian soil after an ordeal like that one; and the shower must have been one of the best of your life! Thanks for sharing this story Sandhya and maybe you can keep the photo for a special occasion like me annoying you or something! Scare me into submission and all that! lol.
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
14 Dec 08
I have to admit that being clean was the last thing on my mind (even with my periods). It was scary (more so with my parents being worried....with two young girls and anything could happen....we also had my 8 month old cousin with us in the camp....she came on the cover of India Today!.....while we were cleaning her bum with the little water we could manage). Though I didn't really think of the cleanliness aspect then, I shudder now (being the clean freak that I am). I didn't even think about the stink that I might have been giving out....lol...probably everyone else was as stinky as I was and I didn't realize. But I can remember how refreshed I was after that shower.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Dec 08
So your cousin even made it on a magazine cover? Wow. This is one heck of a reminder of the past! I too was with other people when I went the 8 days myself and we definitely didn't seem to notice each other's state, let alone our own! It was only once I got home and saw the looks of horror on people's faces and then saw the colour of the water when I showered that it really hit me about how I must have been.
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