West Germany: Dirty Linen

Never before had the myth of German cleanliness been questioned so rudely, and the Bundesrepublik erupted in indignant protest. In a full-page advertisement in West Germany's weekly magazine Der Spiegel, a family of three was shown in impeccable dress—but all with pigs' faces. Beneath them were the words: "This year, in the average German family, the child will wear his underwear four days, the wife five days and the husband seven days." The ad was placed by the obviously phony "Action Committee for Fresh Underwear," presumably an invention of German soft-goods manufacturers....

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