How Bad Did Everyone Smell Before Indoor Plumbing?

Short answer: Pretty darned bad.


Welcome to DSC Original Content’s weekly podcast, where we explain a weird, tricky or surprising subject in mere minutes. In this edition, learn why people used to wash themselves with mutton fat; find out why syphilis helped end centuries of regular bathing in the 1500s; and discover how “nosegays” tried to make up for how bad everyone’s B.O. was.