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Walk This Way

A student at Canada’s University of Alberta wore a pair of “skin-tight” denim jeans for 15 months — without washing them. If they got too smelly he put them in the freezer for awhile. Josh Le did it as a sort-of experiment: the fabric was tested for bacteria before he finally washed the pants. The result: five kinds of bacteria, but none were particularly harmful. “I thought there would be a lot more bacteria than was present,” Le said. “It sort of shows that it is OK to not wash jeans.” Others may not fare so well, said Human Ecology professor Rachel McQueen, who noted that the most bacteria were found in the crotch area. “I didnt see any evidence of [E.coli],” she said, “but that could be very unique to Josh. I mean, he wore underwear, which can be helpful.” Le said he met new friends because of his pants (“It was like, ‘hey, nice jeans’,” he claims), but Prof. McQueen has a different take: “Perhaps odor could become a problem and they may lose friends rather than gain friends.” (RC/Canadian Press) ...And she means “lose friends” in the mortal sense.
Original Publication Date: 13 February 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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