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Procter & Gamble deems Phoenix all-time sweatiest

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[Source: Lisa Biank Fasig, Phoenix Business Journal] — Phoenix has gone to the pits again, ranking as the sweatiest city in six of the past eight years.  The dubious honor is handed out by the Procter & Gamble Co. brand Old Spice, which since 2002 has measured the country’s sweatiest cities.

Phoenix has led the Annual Top-100 Sweatiest Cities list for the fourth consecutive year.  Over the time of the competition, the city has yielded an average summertime temperature of 94 degrees. The result?  The average Phoenix resident producing 27.7 ounces of sweat per hour — the equivalent of more than five gallons of milk per day.  Following Phoenix on the list are San Antonio, Texas; Las Vegas; Dallas and Houston. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Oh joy, Phoenix is America’s sweatiest city

Arizona Diamondback's Brandon Webb[Source: PRNewswire, June 25, 2008] — In celebration of the beginning of summer, Old Spice, the #1 selling anti-perspirant/deodorant stick and body wash brand with males, today announced its 7th Annual Top-100 Sweatiest Cities List — just in time for the season’s hot weather.  In addition, this year Old Spice is introducing its list of Biggest Sweat Producers, taking into consideration the total sweat produced by entire city populations.

Famed desert city Phoenix burned up the charts again to take the No. 1 spot as America’s Sweatiest City in this annual ranking of the nation’s heaviest sweaters (based on amount of sweat produced per person).  To earn top spot as Sweatiest City, Phoenix’s average temperature was 95.1 degrees in June, July, and August 2007, resulting in the average Phoenix resident producing 26.4 ounces of sweat per hour (more than 2 cans of soda).  With scorching temperatures often in the triple digits, the Valley of the Sun also took this top honor in 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2003. 

“People might be surprised that a city known for its ‘dry heat’ tops the Sweatiest Cities list,” said Dr. Paul Ruscher, associate professor and associate chair of meteorology at Florida State University.  “However, sweat tends to evaporate from the skin much more quickly in places like Phoenix and people just don’t feel it as much as say in New Orleans or Miami where high humidity leads to that dreaded sticky, ‘muggy’ feeling.  Regardless of where a city falls on this list, there’s one thing we can all agree on — hot weather means sweating.”  [Note: Yes, we’re afraid there’s more to this story.  If you’re compelled to read on, click here.]