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The first time I took my overly evolved American nostrils to Europe, I braced myself for gagging smells in Paris in particular (that's just someghitn all Americans are raised to expect).  Well, on that trip and half a dozen subsequent ones, I have yet to have an upleasant olfactory experience in Paris.

But actually I don't think London is that bad -- not compared to Scandinavia and Germany. Those are the countries where, imho, being in a confined space is pure Nose Purgatory. (And really, this is not criticism, but rather a recognition that Americans, with our mandatory morning showers and full-body deodorants, are the odd ones out.)

by Matt in NYC on Fri Nov 24th, 2006 at 04:26:32 PM EST
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Funny, I don't remember either Germany or Scandinavia as land of smelly people.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 24th, 2006 at 05:34:45 PM EST
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Well, to the American mind, Germany and Scandinavia are "the Land of the Women with unshaved armpits", too. Who knows?

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Nov 25th, 2006 at 03:45:46 PM EST
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Aha!

The classic joke

Q. How can you tell the German plane at the airport?

A. It's the one with hair under the wings....

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat Nov 25th, 2006 at 07:08:21 PM EST
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