There's another special 2% that isn't wealth related. The Smithsonian newsletter this weekend reported on theÂ Journal of Investigative Dermatology article about a British study of 6495 mothers who have been studied since giving birth in 1991-1992. They found that 2% of them had a gene that prevented their armpits from having a bad odor and that it is more common in East Asians.
The researchers found that while 95% of the others used deodorant, only 78% of the non-stinky group used deodorant. Apparently, some of them had discovered they didn't need it.
One way to know you have the gene is to check your ear wax. Carriers of the gene have dry earwax instead of the sticky earwax most of us have. There is no known connection between armpit odor and earwax, but the the thought is that it has to do with amino acids produced.
Isn't the human body amazing?