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Re: Guests and fish start to smell after three days

Posted by James Briggs on December 18, 2004

In Reply to: Guests and fish start to smell after three days posted by Ward on December 18, 2004

: This phrase, or something like it, was attributed to Oscar Wilde, but another source suggested it was Ben Franklin. Is it a US expression, or are similar thoughts expressed elsewhere?

It's an old phrase in Germany. I guess this could be the source.