Study Explains Why Old People Smell Like Old People

Participating in medical studies is a great gig, especially for broke college students and others considering prostitution. Here’s an example of one where participants were required to smell armpit sweat in order to advance research on an unimportant topic.

“Researchers asked 41 volunteers between the ages of 20 and 95 to spend five nights sleeping in T-shirts with nursing pads sewn into the armpits….When the five nights were over, the researchers snipped out the armpit pads and stuck them in jars…A different group of 41 volunteers was asked to assess the odors in the jars, rating them according to intensity and pleasantness (or unpleasantness).”

The study concluded old people don’t really smell that bad, it’s more so our negative attitudes about the elderly that influence how we regard their smell. This might also explain why I enjoy watching them run after a leaving bus.

Dewan Gibson: The Imperfect Blog

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