By Johnny Daniels
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
This is one of those scientific studies where you wonder how they ever got the funding for it. Now that it’s finished, you wonder what the point of it was.
After analyzing armpit sweat from 24 men and 25 women (why an extra woman? Was one of the scientists an onion fetishist?), a scientific team in Geneva has made some astounding earth-changing discoveries!
When they tested women’s sweat, they discovered “high amounts of an odorless sulfur-containing compound”. When you mix this with bacteria underneath the arms, it turns into a chemical called Thiol, which apparently smells like onions.
I know, you’re shocked and stunned. But wait, there’s more (yes really!). We haven’t got to the manly odors yet.
When the scientists went digging in the men’s sweaty hairy armpits (apologies if you’re about to eat dinner), they found “high levels of an odorless fatty acid”. Mix that together with the ‘ol bacteria and you get cheese!
Put the cheese and onion together and you get a his and her’s packet of crisps (potato chips for our US readers)! Sorry, I couldn’t resist making that joke.
What is the point of a study like this? I mean, they held a press conference to announce this. What were they expecting? CNN to kick President Obama off the air and to have a Breaking News “Men Smell of Cheese, Women Smell of Onions” – Over to Wolf Blitzer In The Situation Room!
I can imagine there are much better scientific studies that money can be better spent on than this.
[Via New Scientist]