2 lip 2010

Around hygiene - wokół higieny


"We buy only unwashed eggs" "Attention farmers don't wash eggs (nuts;)"


Every year the same... when it's getting hot using the means of transport can become unbearable. In Warsaw many passengers clearly avoid antiperspirants and sometimes even soap or washing powder. Many buses have air condition but you can never notice - drivers often turn it off in order to save gas and get a bonus. Tons of petitions and nothing has changed.

Many Poles still don't understand why we should care about hygiene and what are basic hygienic habits. These kind of statistics are always risky but we can assume that less than 50% of Poles clean the whole body every day and change the underwear. Not better with brushing teeth. What is interesting people declare that lack of hygiene is dangerous for health but in the same time spend very little money on cosmetics and chemicals.

The Polish state completely doesn't care about education - people aren't taught at school what and how often should we clean and wash. Very little money is spent on preventive treatment, the Ministry of Health prefers to cure very serious diseases. When you are dying possibly you will be treated well in the public health care. If in general you're healthy and just want to check your blood results you won't get anything. What for? Even doctors who work privately often look at you as an alien when you want to do any tests. But the health care system is the other big topic...

And what should we do when somebody around us stinks? Uncomfortable situation, most people tell nothing. The oldest way is to buy a deodorant as a gift - not always effective. What is your advice?


If you are interested how long Poles live and what are the most popular diseases see this document in Polish.

12 komentarzy:

  1. King James I of England (and VIth of Scotland) famously washed only his fingertips. There were no bathrooms at Oxford University when it was built because term time (10 weeks) was considered too short an interval between baths.

    In 1950s Britain, hair was washed by women once a week.

    Hygiene standards change over the centuries.

    To what extent is it the soap, deodorant and shampoo manufacturers - and the media that live off of their advertising - that impose their sales-target driven agenda on society?

    I agree that brushing teeth twice a day, briskly, for three minutes a time (while giving thanks to and asking God for health) is a Good Thing.

    But I think we've gotten ourselves over-fussy about personal hygiene.

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  2. I'm always confused what we brush, clean or wash;)

    True, the standards fortunately change. My nose is very sensitive so I support the manufacturers;) But I hate sexist ads where women stink like pigs and men use deodorants only to catch women's attention:/

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  3. As for the eggs issue, the writers of the sign are correct in their request for unwashed eggs. Once the egg is washed it looses its outer protective layer and goes bad very quickly if not refrigerated. Here in the US chicken-poop covered eggs are sought for by diet-conscious people since poop on eggs symbolizes free range freshness. Reared chickens are generally vegetarian (oh, they might eat the occasional fox) so their poop is not toxic.

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  4. Dear Ryszard, of course they are correct but the second meaning is nice here:)

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  5. Ten komentarz został usunięty przez autora.

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  6. I get it now...just too subtle for me :D

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  7. Just got it! "Farmers, don't wash your balls"

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  8. A rich omelet of meaning: after all these decades of separation from colloquial Polish I feel that I could easily get into big trouble in Polish company. So let me give that a shot: would it be very rude of me to say that Ms. Wawrzyńczyk robi sobie jaja na swoim blogu?

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  9. For me it's ok because I know you mean no harm:) It's better to say things like that than write because you see the intention in the intonation (no wonder these words are so close).

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  10. I wanted to write "balls" but the difference between "balls" and "nuts" is an unclear nuance for my poor English.

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  11. So, I guess it was rude. I have some idea of what the expression means, but I'm sure that a lot of nuance escapes me. I'm very happy that you consider me inoffensive.
    "Nuts" and "balls"?...tricky.
    Both refer to the same anatomical feature as Polish eggs, but distinctions between the two seem obscure (to me).
    But, you can "have" balls (suggesting courage), and you can get your nuts crushed (suggesting defeat) which gives balls a more positive whiff* than nuts.
    *to stay on-topic

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