LUXEMBOURG-VILLE — An employee of an advertising firm who hasn’t been seen without a scarf since last autumn has announced that due to rising temperatures and current mugginess, he is “seriously thinking” about removing the item.
The 32-year-old graphic designer says that he put on the red scarf in mid-September as soon as temperatures dipped below 18 degrees, and that it has not only helped him to avoid illness, but that it’s been a reliable fashion accessory and a source of constant reassurance.
“I would never think about removing a scarf until August, when I go on holiday to Greece or Croatia, and that’s only because snorkeling with a long piece of fabric tied around your neck is impractical,” said Timo Bernasconi. “But I’ve got to admit that I’m really sweating my ass off, especially since the air conditioning in my office went out on Monday and they still haven’t fixed it.”
The decision to remove one’s scarf is not to be taken lightly, Bernasconi says, and he vows to give the matter more thought before he acts.
“If your neck is exposed, even the slightest drop in temperatures can give you a bad cold, which can lead to laryngitis or worse,” he added. “Plus, without a scarf, I’ll feel naked, and I’ll look like a common nobody, like any old plumber or civil servant who is oblivious to the awesome power of accessories.”
Sources indicate that while Bernasconi did eventually remove the meter-long piece of fabric, he suffered from anxiety, so he taped several tissues to his neck to create a transitional scarf that he hopes will fall off on its own by the end of the week.