As Sporting News notes today, Manny Ramirez has just reached a deal with the Dodgers: $45 million for two years.
Now consider this: in Trenton, New Jersey, a different Manny – Manny Rivera, the firefighter – was fighting for his life a month ago after sustaining a critical injury while saving the life of a teenager:
Now, consider that the median salary of a firefighter with 20 years or more experience, in the U.S., is $62,888:
So $22.5 million for knocking a piece of cowhide around; $62,888 for saving lives and risking one’s own life doing so, on a regular basis. The latter amount is not even 0.5% of the former.
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Tagged baseball, Dodgers, firefighter, hero, heroes, Manny Ramirez, Manny Rivera, New Jersey, rescue, salary, saving lives, Trenton
Lebanon, 2006. The stench of death: Children hold their
noses as they pass corpses in a truck. Source: habeeb.com
Posted in Figurative Stench, Historical Stench, Miasma, Serious Stench, Stinky dead things
Tagged anger, children, corpse, death, decay, decomposition, hatred, Hezbollah, human race, humanity, Israel, Lebanon, reek, rotten, rotting, stench, stink, war
But we love it.
“The Stinking Rose” restaurant, with two locations in California, is devoted exclusively to that ubiquitous and pungent member of the lily family. Next time I’m in San Francisco (it’s been years), I might just check it out.
Probably not the best choice for a first date, though.
Posted in emissions, halitosis, Historical Stench, Stinky Food
Tagged bad breath, beverly hills, california, food, garlic, halitosis, lily, odor, restaurant, San Francisco, stinking rose, stinks, vegetable
Thanks to Stinkbro for sending this along.
Posted in emissions, Figurative Stench, Historical Stench, Pop Culture Stench, Stinky Advertising, Stinky People, Stinky practices, Stinky products, Stinky substances, The Unwashed Masses, TOXIC
Tagged advertisement, America, Camel, cigarette, corporate, deception, health, historical, lies, propaganda, tobacco, USA
The following passage is excerpted from “The Role of Cats in Nursery Rhymes,” by Sarah Hartwell–
THE CAT AND THE QUEEN
Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat where have you been?
I’ve been to London to look at the Queen.
Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under a [her] chair.
One explanation of the origins of this rhyme goes back to 16th century England. One of the staff of Queen Elizabeth I (Good Queen Bess) was said to have had an old cat which tended to roam throughout one of the royal residences. On one occasion the cat apparently went underneath the throne (the “chair”) and its tail brushed against the Queen’s foot, startling her. Luckily Queen Elizabeth was amused and declared that the cat could wander through the throne room as long as it kept it free of mice!
Another suggested meaning of this relates to the poor hygiene of a different queen and is perhaps a cautionary tale about hygiene in general. Undergarments were uncommon among poorer women before the nineteenth century and dust, ash and general grime accumulated on the genitalia just as it did elsewhere on the body….
Posted in Bodily Fluids, emissions, Historical Stench, Stinky Parts, Stinky People, Stinky substances, The Unwashed Masses
Tagged bathing, deposit, hygiene, Medieval, middle ages, Queen Anne, renaissance, smegma, sootikins, vagina, vaginal discharge
From the webpage “Human Manure”–
“For thousands of years, China’s farmers have used human manure, or “nightsoil”, as fertilizer (King, 1911). In this example from the Tai Lake Region, nightsoil is collected and stored in large ceramic tanks or water-tight slate-lined or concrete pits. Manure and urine are collected in buckets within the household, or deposited directly in the storage tanks, which are usually located in the animal stall and toilet area of the household. Occasionally urine is collected and applied separately. It is common to mix pig manure with nightsoil in storage, as pig stalls are connected to storage tanks via a sluice, to facilitate collection of pig manure and urine. Prior to intensive use of synthetic fertilizers, nightsoil was an important fertilizer for nearly all crops, including rice and wheat. Now, nightsoil is applied mostly to small-scale vegetable plots and other rainfed household crops…. (read more)
Posted in Dookie, Historical Stench, Stinky practices, Stinky substances
Tagged agriculture, china, compost, crops, dung, feces, fertilizer, human manure, nightsoil, poop
While we’re on the subject of Medieval/Renaissance sanitation (or, more accurately, the lack thereof), let’s watch a classic clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, wherein there’s some lovely acting, and where, near the end of the clip, a French person dumps a pot of crap on King Arthur and his hapless kaaaaaaanigget companion, Sir Bedomir–
…the shit ran freely in the streets.
An excerpt from Christine A. Powell’s excellent online essay, “A Matter of Convenience”–
In Renaissance Scotland, the housewives threw their chamberpot contents and slops out the windows with the cry “Gardy Loo!” (This evidently derived from the French “Gardez l’eau,” meaning “Look out for the water!”) Unfortunately, the sound of the cry and the discarded material often arrived simultaneously. Woe to the one who looked up to see what was happening. It is believed that this may be the origin of the British term “loo” for a toilet (Pudney, 28-9). The high-rises of Edinburgh were hardly the only places in Europe to present a sanitation problem during this era.
Indeed, the period from 1550 to 1750 has been called the “two rather insanitary centuries.” When the court of Charles II spent the summer of 1665 in Oxford, the local diarist Anthony Wood observed they were “nasty and beastly, leaving at their departure their excrements in every corner, in chimneys, studies, coalhouses, [and] cellars.” Contemporary accounts and engravings frequently illustrate the morning ritual in English and Scottish cities of emptying one’s ordure out of upper-floor windows into the streets beneath (Wright, 75-8). It was not until the mid-1800s, when Dr. John Snow proved the connection between cholera and sewage-polluted drinking water, that cities began to control their waste (Colman, 46). There is no reason to suppose that Port Royal and other contemporary cities in the colonies were any cleaner than those in Europe during the “insanitary centuries.” (source)
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Tagged chamber pot, cholera, disease, disposal, England, Europe, excrement, feces, Medieval, reek, renaissance, sanitation, Scotland, sewage, stink, unsanitary
Joseph Pujol’s arse sucked wind, literally. Below is an clip from Le Petomane the movie. If you wish to learn more about the extraordinary life of Joseph Pujol, visit this webpage
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Tagged Fartiste, farts, flatulence, France, historical, history, Joseph Pujol, Le Petomane, medical, movie, sphincter, video, Wind