So evidently the ancient Middle-Easterners weren’t the only ones to bathe in odd (to us) fluids. They, as I’ve read in various places, bathed in camel urine, milk, oil and ashes, or just didn’t wash at all.
In our (relatively) clean modern times, we bathe or shower at least once a day, use smelly soaps and body washes, put on deodorant, and basically try to eradicate our own smell. Supposedly if we didn’t wash *at all*, after a month our own bacteria would neutralize any body odor. Not going to try it.
But some trends might be worth considering. In Japan, there’s evidently a spa that lets people bathe in wine, coffee, sake, ramen broth, or green tea. Not sure what I think of ramen broth, wine, or coffee, though I might be willing to try a chocolate massage. Green tea would be nice to relax in, I think, although the thought of how many people came before me would deter me from drinking.
My computer, on the other hand (or mouse), has no such compunctions. In attempting to save myself from my sinking desk chair, I knocked over my tea onto my keyboard last night. Fortunately, my lesson plans had just been finished and turned in, and no sparks greeted the advent of the tea to my laptop’s innards.
Tonight, it appears that the bathing trend agrees with my laptop. I will endeavor, however, not to allow my computer the decadence of bathing in anything else (or indeed, any more tea).
One must uphold standards — we might be sending out for camel urine next…