Russians among world's cleanest
Have you ever smelled a Russian? Probably not, according to a piece in today's Pravda. More than a third of Russians take a daily shower or bath, putting them in third spot on a list of the world's cleanliest nations. Americans finished first for taking an average two showers a day, according to the piece.
My favourite quote: "A person who neither takes a shower, nor changes his or her underwear for two days is considered an outcast in the USA." I suppose that's true.
Russian citizens take the third place in the world among clean and neat nations, following the Hindus and the Americans.
The majority of Russians (35 percent) take a shower or a bath on a daily basis. Eleven percent of Russian citizens take a shower twice a day. Residents of Europe turned down their medieval habit of washing themselves twice in a lifetime. However, they still prefer not to take a shower too often. The Britons and the Germans usually wash themselves twice a week.
Ecologists say that a habit of daily showers and baths may lead to an ecological disaster, since the planet runs out of its fresh water reserves very quickly.
Experts say that modern-day nations develop a passion for cleanliness because they do not know the price of fresh water. Such a passion in Russia may indeed result in an ecological disaster. The majority of apartment buildings in Russia do not have hot and cold water counters – people pay a fixed price for water, no mater how much water they use. One should keep in mind the fact that a regular shower requires about 50 liters of water, whereas a bath needs 120 liters. Such a habit looks insane against the background of a serious shortage of fresh water in the world. Unlike Europeans, Russians do not even try to economize water.
An average American takes a shower twice a day – this is a holy ritual in the States. A person who neither takes a shower, nor changes his or her underwear for two days is considered an outcast in the USA.