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The False Claim

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Puzzle ID:#30366
Fun:*** (2.95)
Difficulty:*** (2.21)
Submitted By:chidam11Ain***!!!
Corrected By:Fire_Shell96




Sunday had finally come for Detective Kelvin Wallace. It was the day of the auction. He was an avid collector of antique items. He was looking for something from the collection of a king, especially Louis XIV, as he did not have any of his items.

Finally, the collection of King Louis XIV came up for auction. The first item was a bathing towel which was supposedly used every day by King Louis XIV. Everyone was eager to get his hands on the old torn piece of cloth, but Detective Wallace knew that it was a fake piece and decided to leave the auction hall immediately.

How did he know that the towel was fake?


Detective Wallace knew it was a fake because there was no possibility of the king using the cloth every day. King Louis XIV only took three baths in his life of 77 years, and he desired none of them.

The three times were:

1.When he was baptized.
2.When a mistress insisted.
3.When a doctor lanced a boil on his derriere and ordered him to soak in a tub filled with water.


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May 09, 2006

Hope you like my first Trivia.
May 09, 2006

Man i love this one, i thought at first that they didnt have towls back then, but they do and he must have stunk, badly if he didnt take a bath for 77 years!! only 3 doestn cut it. lol
May 10, 2006

Didn't know quite enough history, but assumed it was something like that
May 10, 2006

First: GREAT teaser! I thought maybe it had something to do with no towels or something.....GREAT! Going to my faves

Secondly: EWWWWW!!!! 3 times?!?! Ewwwwww!!!!! He actually HAD a mistress? Doesn't that mean he had a wife? Smelling like THAT?!?! EWWWWW....
May 11, 2006

I cannot even think of that!
May 11, 2006

I could have never even got that in my dreams. Great Teaser.
May 11, 2006

Cool.. LouisXIV use a bathtowel 3 times in history? well, that's why perfumes are invented
May 12, 2006

I knew bathing wasn't popular, in fact it was considered unhealthy, probably justly so all thing considered...but he would have been sprinkled not submerged when he was baptized. Good One. 'We were most amused.'
May 13, 2006

didnt get it but interesting facts
May 14, 2006

I got it pretty easily because i remembered that Queen Elizabeth I prided herself because she took only a single-digit number of baths in her lifetime. It is still pretty disgustinging when you think about it. Also, babies aren't only sprinkled when baptized, their heads are partially submerged today, but i guess you don't really know how they did it back then.
May 19, 2006

Haha, oh my, well I guess it was a very good thing indeed that he was king!
May 19, 2006

pretty cool.
May 20, 2006

wats a derrier? can someone tell me!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 21, 2006

I also know my history. For sopme reason, I knew this.. but cool job Chidam.
May 22, 2006

whewwww glad i didn't live back then.
May 23, 2006

Answer to Scr26 - derriere is the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on.
Jun 03, 2006

Very fun and informative.
Jun 13, 2006

Easy.Back then people didn't bathe often.The reason perfumes were invented, but that didn't stop them from contracting illnesses.Also, I think King Louis XIV only took several baths in his lifetime.When I was in 4th, 5th, and half of 6th grade I was obessed with the 15th and 16th centuries, stuff like that, so don't think I cheated.Insane out .
Jun 13, 2006

To kayleeskitties: Having a mistress (nowadays) means a guy's married, but he's doing it with another woman.
Jun 21, 2006

Can you imagine taking only three baths in a LIFETIME!!! EWWW!!.. Good Teaser
Jul 11, 2006

Great teser though. After I read the hint I googled King Louis XIV, but still couldn't find anything that would answer the brain teaser!
Nov 20, 2006

Loved this! Fabulous teaser! I learned something new today.
Mar 22, 2008

I knew it had to do with very little bathing, but only 3???
BTW about baptizing, some churches sprinkle water, some churches totally submerge, some pour on the forehead, it depends on the church denomination.
Mar 22, 2008

LOL thats disgusting but fun
Mar 22, 2008

A fact that I really am not interested in.
Mar 22, 2008

More information than I wanted. Good teaser, though. Thanks for sharing.
Mar 22, 2008

Hey, that's the first one I got right! Great teaser!
Mar 22, 2008

Interesting...and yucky!
Mar 22, 2008

Amazing! You learn something new every day.
Mar 22, 2008

I can't even fathom this.....Interesting thing to learn though. Thx.
Mar 22, 2008

awesome! i got it right away. fun teaser!
Mar 22, 2008

Somehow I knew that answer, don't know how, but I got it right.
Mar 22, 2008

Awesome teaser. Knew the answer right away b/c of my World History class: we'd talked about how people didn't take baths very often but instead sprayed themselves with perfume to hide their smell...

And augustrush8, this is a TRIVIA teaser...meaning that it involves personal trivia/knowledge to correctly answer the riddle.
Mar 22, 2008

That is sick and wrong!
Funny (but gross) teaser.
Thanks for the teaser!
Mar 22, 2008

I was taught that you're means you are, and your means it belongs to you. Frequently people use your when they mean you're. Have they changed that over the years or are these people stupid?
Mar 22, 2008

Bathing? So easy even a Caveman can do it. What's up wid Looie?

Hey smartymarty ... those people aren't stupid ... just ignorant (uneducated) or careless. Be polite.
Mar 22, 2008

I thought there weren't towels back then but hey! I learned something at least! Thanks!
Mar 22, 2008

Well, I kind of got it right. I remember learning that Queen Elizabeth only took 2 baths in her entire life, and that bathing wasn't that common back in the day. So I *assumed* the same concept applies.
Mar 23, 2008

Thanks for all the comments guys.
Mar 25, 2008

Never knew King LouisXIV
hated baths.
Good information.
Mar 27, 2008

Loved it. Didn't have a clue why it was false. Learned something new. Great job
Sep 15, 2008

I LOVED it!! I actually got it too
Mar 23, 2011

Good one. I laughted out loud.
Mar 23, 2011

I got this one because I knew about the not taking baths thing.

However, just because the auctioneer may have gotten the description of the item wrong does not necessarily mean that the towel did not in fact belong to King Louis XIV. He may have use the towel every day. Or maybe just once a week. He just did not use it for bathing.
Mar 23, 2011

It wasn't that Louis hated baths, it was that bathing was considered unhealthy as it stripped away oils. The romans used to cover themselves in oil and have it scraped off to get clean. They used their famous baths as social centers, after all, it's better to talk to someone you know is not carrying a weapon. Also, manu people of that time actually found a strong body odor sexually attractive. Napoleon reportedly sent Josephine a note saying he would be home in 2 weeks and she should STOP bathing in preperation for his homecoming.
Apr 03, 2011

Yes, Major Allen is right. Sensibilities are different nowadays. We wash away all the smells that give us correct sexual signals, and then wonder why we are really so sexually inept.
Mar 23, 2014

My dermaltologists says that humans bathe much too often. Two worst things to put on your body are soap and water and the combination of both damages your skin. Maybe back then they knew more than we do now and had other ways to keep clean. OH, don't ask!! Of course I bathe.
Mar 23, 2014

I've heard of dirty old men, but he took it to the extreme.
Mar 23, 2014

I got the answer that they did not bathe every day back then but did not know he only bathed 3 times.
Mar 23, 2014

Ya either know it or ya don't, I didn't.
Mar 23, 2014

I had heard this one before. Good one.
Mar 23, 2014

Enjoyed the readers' comments as much as the teaser-the friendly ones, anyway!
Mar 27, 2017

Now that's funny!

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