Ladies, never forget that you cannot “unknow” something.
If this statement alone causes you some concern, you should perhaps stop reading now. If it prompts some curiosity, that’s only natural – sort of like rubber-necking a car wreck on the side of the road… You really don’t want to see mangled bodies and carnage, but you can’t necessarily look away. Some of you may be the type avert your eyes as you pass. Others may cover your eyes with your hands and peek through your fingers… thinking that the protection of your hand, will somehow make what you do see a bit less traumatic.
So, whether you are the avert your eyes type… or if you want to continue reading this while peeking through your hand.. please know that you continue to read at your own risk!
In this blog, I often discuss the differences between men & women. Ok, scratch that most of the time I do this.. it is, after all, what the entire blog is about. I share how the differences play out in my own life and how absurdly irritating (dang it.. I always type the wrong thing first) wonderful? my hubby can be. Many times, I come across articles or comments from you all that help to support the idea that I didn’t win the lottery of annoying (crap – there I go again) loving husbands. After about 4 years of blogging about gender differences and finding humor in every-day married life, you’d think that it would be difficult to surprise me. BUT, this week, I was indeed surprised by something I came across.
I will take a snippet from an article I read.
“In May of (last) year, the UK retailer Marks & Spencer did a poll and found that one-third of men admit to changing (underwear) only every two-to-three days, and one in 40 wore the same pair “as long as he can”. And “In 2011, Clorox conducted a study that showed one-in-eight guys will wear underwear two or three times before washing them. And that half of men admit to using the “smell test” to determine if their drawers are still wearable (which should get us some points for bravery, right?)” (Full articles can be read HERE or HERE: )
Ladies, I myself, have blogged about hubby’s ability to wear the same pair of jeans for more days than I can count on my hands before they walk themselves to the laundry room. But, WOW, this study brings the definition of “smell test” to a whole new low. And, it sure is a hit below the belt that I’m not wholly sure women were prepared for! (I know I wasn’t!!)
So men, I know that you may not want to “air your dirty laundry” for all the world to see (or smell) but, it seems obvious that at least 1 in 5 of you don’t change your skivvies every day. So, I figured I’d do my own survey (I know there are some men who read this blog…) So, if you’re a man, help us do our own THD survey (since most of what I read was UK based – Is it different in the US?? By my own initial study – the answer is NO!). This survey is totally anonymous so no one but you and maybe your wife or girlfriend (after I give her a bit of upcoming coaching) will know that your undies, if given the opportunity, would run themselves to your laundry room right this very second and beg for some laundering!
And ladies, here’s my piece of advice for you. The next time you do laundry…. Please count the number of boxers, briefs or (heaven forbid) banana hammock thongs that you’ve washed in that load. Then count back the days since you last did laundry. If the numbers don’t add up…. You have the “1 in 5”… and, I’m sorry for you. But, at least you now know, and whether you’ve been reading through your hand this entire time or not… you can now not “unknow”. And again, I’m sincerely sorry to be the one to break this to you!
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