There's a myth - still doing the rounds apparently - that the French don't like washing and instead prefer to douse themselves with perfume.
Take a look at this dumb question posted on a health forum and answered last year.
In 2005 the BBC's Denise Winterman looked at some of the reasons the British in particular might still hold (ignorant) stereotypical notions of French toiletry habits.
It was one element in an article exploring how some British viewed "their cross-channel neighbours with suspicion and antipathy."
That the French have an aversion to soap and water or - at least are not as clean as other nationalities - is of course more than just fallacy. It's discourteous, xenophobic and has no place in the minds of any sane thinking person.
So why then do the manufacturers of antiperspirants choose to market a product to the French that promises "48 hour protection"?
And there's worse still in terms of their judgement on the perceived personal hygiene needs of the French because some also offer 72-hours-worth of "security".
That's three whole days of accumulated perspiration for men or glow for women - bearing in mind that only horses "sweat".
What in heaven's name is going through the minds of manufacturers when they come up with the idea that anybody requires such a product in everyday life?
This apparent desire not to wash and instead use a deodorant is admittedly not just a French phenomenon - at least not if the commercials are to believed
Scoot around YouTube and you'll pull up any number of ads from countries around the world all presenting the virtues of 48 and 72-hour protection.
Here are just a few - some tasteful - others less so.
What next? 96 hours perhaps.
It gives new meaning to the reaction "Hum"
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