Discussion in 'The Pub' started by skydog, Sep 7, 2016.
So is The World's Most Interesting Man!
Why Native Americans? You don't suppose they have mosquitoes in Africa or Asia? What about the Dutch, how did they deal with mosquitoes?
Because I live in a very wooded area of Indiana that was heavily populated with several major Indian tribes. When I was outside today, I just got to thinking about how difficult it must've been without modern conveniences. Were you joking, or just trying to start something?
A lot of countries don't deal with it - they just get malaria. It's not a real easy problem to deal with without modern insecticides etc and even then.
I really laughed hard at this. I'm stealing this joke
This is the high water mark of TGP posts.
Actually, I'm pretty sure he was Italian and supposedly from Sicily.
We had malaria in the southern US until window screens became common by the mid 20th Century.
Neither. When they didn't have modern conveniences, basically neither did the Dutch or _______________ insert your county or ethnicity of choice. Lots of water and lots of mosquitoes all over the world and eradication/nets/etc. are a relatively new concept in the overall scheme of things. Unless there was a time when Indians had to deal with skeeters and someone else didn't. People swatted, started fires, tried herbs and balms... but they're tenacious little bastards and humans are real easy targets.
I'd be more worried about living in Chicago than mosquitoes.
Because I always felt the native American peoples were fairly one with nature and must've had a method to deal with pests.
Why is that?
Yep. John Adams damn near died in Amsterdam.
And white people historically had nothing exposed but their hands, neck, and part of the face. Long sleeves were the rule even in summer, and you wore a hat or bonnet. Nobody ever wore shorts for any reason.
I think other cultures that wore less clothing in the warmer areas were just more tolerant because they never knew anything different. I told my Dad I just cannot imagine growing up in South Georgia before AC. I asked how they managed. He said, "We sweated."
So where did lederhosen come from?
Dryer fabric softner sheets ( old native remedy )
You just made beer go through my nose...
All of that is true, however, knowing how natives battled insects in the Low Countries or Africa would not help the OP in Indiana. Chances are that the same bugs, plants, and resources do not exist in both places. Knowing what is available to him in IN would help for sure, since that what he is surrounded with.
Ever notice that the natives in the National Geographic type documentaries never seem to be plagued by the bugs there? They don't seem to sweat, either.
As a native mosquito I find this post very offensive!
Try Chinese garlic...not the counterfeit kind though...
Well the OP has this advantage if it's available in IN.
Good thing, male mosquitos only alive for a week and maybe 2x that for female (damn woman), if conditions are decent. I always thought eliminate stagnant/non flowing water, airflow/fans and body spray makes things tolerable.