Guess How Long This Guy Hasn’t Showered? Take a Good Look First…

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Ummm, would you believe 12 years. As in 4,384 days. You’re thinking “ICK!!” right? Well here he is …


He doesn’t look like what you were expecting, right? Turns out he is a scientist from MIT and he actually has a pretty good plan for not showering, and I’d guess he saves a lot of water and electricity to heat all that water.

What did one man learn during his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology?

Not to shower… ever.

That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it is no joke that chemical engineer and MIT grad Dave Whitlock has not showered in a dozen years because he wants to preserve bacteria on his skin.

We don’t spend any time in the dirt anymore.

Because we avoid contact with the outdoors – thank you helicopter parents – we have weak immune systems and we tend to get sick much more easily these days than in former generations.

Although he doesn’t shower, Whitlock does take an occasional sponge bath to clean the grime off of his skin.

The scientist got the idea about ‘good bacteria’ when a woman he was dating asked him why her horse liked to roll on the ground and the dirt during the summertime, the New York Times reported.

Whitlock said: ‘The only way that horses could evolve this behavior was if they had substantial evolutionary benefits from it.’

According to the company: ‘Modern hygiene has selectively depleted the natural balance of the skin microbiome particularly affecting AOB.

Whitlock apparently doesn’t smell bad, here he is with his co-workers.


If you’re interested in giving up your showers you can find out more about Dirt right here.

Personally, I’ve developed a long term addiction to hot water and I’m not giving it up.

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