Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How to Cure Smelly Feet, 1590

Eygentliche Beschreibung Aller Stäande auf Erden, 1568
"Whosoever have their feete smell strongly, if they put the scales of Iron in their shoes, wherein they use to goe, it takes cleane away the evill smell thereof."  
Thomas Lupton, A Thousand Notable Things (1590)
Is foot odor holding you back? No problem-- just fill your shoes with iron shards. The sacrifice in comfort is a small price to pay for the delightful lack of evil smell.

2 comments:

  1. Tony Stark must be extremely non-evil smelling.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I wonder if the "scales of Iron" really means the flakes of carbon that form when Pig Iron is smelted. Little crumbles of almost pure carbon. Just like oder-eaters activated carbon. Could be that not all of our ancestors were fools.

    ReplyDelete