Sunday, June 10, 2007

Fun Fact #2

Interestingly enough, I thought this fun fact, while partly inappropriate, needed to be shared with the rest of the world. It deals with Korean body odor. They don't have any. Their food can smell like a month old corpse, their streets can (and commonly do) smell like sewers, but their bodies don't seem to smell at all. I don't know how it's done, but from my experience it seems to be true. Mindy swears to me that some people on the subway stink like feces, well that's how I described the people who smelt on New York subways, and she concurred with my assessment. But that only goes to show you that you cannot make broad sweeping comments about a group of people, but that's exactly what I'm doing. Heck, they don't even sell deodorant at supermarkets, but they really don't need to. It's not a problem.

I believe it is due to the healthiness of the Korean diet. But what scares me is how bad Americans can smell when we go for a 10 minute jog. How gross must our diets be for us, when even after putting on plenty of deodorant, we still stink when we're done. As much as a good diet is important in America, who ever thinks about a diet that might make you smell better? No one, but apparently it's out there.

With all that being said, you can see the western foods creeping in on Korean society. McDonald's is always filled with young children and I fear that in the years to come, the good smelling Korean will become a thing of the past. But if that is true, we will always have it down in writing here, that at one point, this was the way it was.


Helena said...

I wonder if it is the diet or just something genetic. Or a combination, maybe.

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Koreans have less sweat glands than North Americans. Actually Africans have the most.

Less sweat glands = less sweat.
If you look at their skin, they have much smaller pores, too.

PS- they CAN smell though. Some of the teenage boys in my classes walk around in a cloud of body odor.

Michael said...

They may lack body odour but I never met a Korean who could hold his beer. Well, perhaps one or two..

The kimchi breath evens things up.

Paul A. Kroll said...

Well, thanks to Eva's comment, I'm guessing it's a combination of diet and genetic disposition. Eva, do you know if your students wear deodorant?

And Mike, I'm with you on the drinking. My Korean friends love to drink with me, but they sloshed while I'm just starting.