I Wonder…

…if there’s a difference in deodorant efficacy between shaved and unshaved armpits. I could see it going either way, although I lean towards the theory that shaved + deodorant is perhaps slightly more effective. Why?

Less stinky because fewer hairs for sweat and stink bacteria to adhere to
Less stinky because deodorant goes directly onto skin
More stinky because less area for deodorant to stick

Less stinky because more area for deodorant to stick (all those hairs)
More stinky because hair insulates skin from getting directly deodorized
More stinky because more hairs to sweat and stink bacteria to adhere to Continue Reading >>

More Baby Science

This Tuesday, Benji got his first ever cold. On the one hand, I’m pretty amazed we made it 14 months without getting a cold before, especially since we play with other babies pretty often (although nothing like the exposure of a day care). On the other hand, I’m horrified to imagine dealing with six to 10 of these every year, which our caring-for-your-child book says is standard. Standard! Gah! Baths, steamy showers, and vaporizers are all well and good, but snot suckers, saline drops in the nose, and constant Kleenex application elicit vociferous objections. I guess crying will help get more mucus out, and that’s good, right? Continue Reading >>