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Keeping up appearances

Advice on chin hairs and unzipped flies, plus how to dodge questions about your health history.

> A lovely lady with whom I work and who, like me (another lady), is at the age where eyes aren’t reliable, has a chin hair. I suspect she doesn’t know of its existence. Do I tell her? I’d be mortified if someone told me, but I’d want to know. What’s the etiquette on telling people about spinach in the teeth, a run in the hose, a hair where it shouldn’t be?  

L.H. / Shawnee, Kansas  

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