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Well, yes and no, according to the IHS, which of course has conducted a substantial perspiration poll about the highs and lows of sweating. The research revealed that two-thirds of the respondents said that someone who is visibly sweating is “nervous,” while half surmised that the sweat-ee in question was out of shape. Wait a minute. That’s sweat discrimination, isn’t it? Somebody call the Sweat Acceptance Society, quick.

But hey. Sweat is sweat, all hale and hearty. Another 42 percent felt that perspiring folks were actually “hardworking.” More than half agreed that sweating was not as embarrassing as public flatulence, burping and some sort of serious wardrobe malfunction.

Meanwhile, work situations are what make us sweat the most, according to IHS, cited by 62 percent of the no doubt edgy and possibly angst-ridden respondents. Social situations follow, cited by 42 percent; encounters with “law enforcement,” cited by 41 percent; and “family” at 39 percent.

Not to be outdone, the makers of Right Guard deodorant have entered the fray, conducting their own sweat survey of 1,000 adult men, which turned out to be an index of men behaving badly, for the most part. The most pronounced “moments in your life that make you sweat” included dating one’s best friend’s girlfriend, cited by 23 percent, the first time using a fake ID (20 percent) and admitting you don’t really love your girlfriend (15 percent).

Of course, a full 11 percent were so clueless they couldn’t figure out what made them sweat, while 10 percent said “none of the above.”

To which we reply “no sweat.”

Jennifer Harper covers media, politics and sweat-o-meters for The Washington Times’ national desk. Reach her at jharper@washington or 202/636-3085.