Shawn Mahaney

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Gender: Male
Status: Single
Age: 37
Sign: Cancer

State: South Carolina
Country: US
Signup Date: 5/22/2005

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Thursday, February 05, 2009 

Current mood:  sweaty
Category: Life
Sometimes life presents a difficult decision.  For example one might be faced with this choice:
Option 1) Adjust grooming habits to control an issue that bothers other people
Option 2) Pursue a ten year long legal fight for.... THE RIGHT TO STINK!

"Teunis Tenbrook was barred from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam after complaints from professors and other students that it was impossible to study with the smell from his feet.

But now, after a lengthy legal battle, a court has ruled that having smelly feet is no excuse to ban a student from a university."

This unreconcilable conflict brought to you by having the government of a supposedly free people running their schools!

"The judge said: "Our considered opinion is that the professors and other students will just have to hold their noses and bear it."

The university has announced instead of banning students with smelly feet they are planning to issue fines to tackle such problems."

Yeah, money is always the shortcut to kicking at freedom!

That's not the only smelly news.  This first study is pretty straightforward, combining correlation with investigation of the mechanism.  And a tie-in to food to bring it home.  But - you probably didn't want this related to food!

"A Swiss research group says a study it conducted found that women's underarms typically smell like onions, while men's smell like cheese.

Firmenich of Geneva, Switzerland, said its research on the armpit sweat of 24 men and 25 women found that women typically release an onion-like smell due to the combination of bacteria and a sulfur-containing compound, The Daily Telegraph said Thursday.

The combination of the two underarm residents creates a chemical called thiol, which smells distinctly like onions.

Men, meanwhile, typically release a cheese-like smell from their underarms once working up a sweat, Firmenich said.

The cheese smell is the result of enzymes created by bacteria combining with an odorless fatty acid."

But this next study leaves one wondering about the methodology.

"Nineteen healthy female subjects inhaled olfactory stimuli from four sources, one of which was sweat gathered from sexually aroused males."

Um, so... just how is the sweat collected?  (And are they still looking for volunteers??)

Ok, one last report on a scent, this one being an aftershave.

"Aftershave brings locker room to life"
"...created a locker room-scented aftershave called "Scent of Success," The Daily Telegraph said Thursday.

Jacobsen said by blending the smell of sweat, grass and boot leather with heat spray, his company is giving consumers a chance to bring the world of professional soccer into their own homes."

I won't be the first commentator to note that the LOSING TEAM SMELLS JUST THE SAME!

Currently reading:
Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers (Book #3)
By Megan Mcdonald
Release date: 2008-02-12