You Stink!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

First fingerprints, now "odorprints" are the latest in crime-fighting technology. Dave Johns had his scent profile studied.


Dave Johns

Comments [15]

Renee Rosenfield from Chelsea, New York City

I am a 91 year old woman, whose armpit odor seems to have diminished as I age. Is that true, or only my imagination?

As a young athletic person, my pit odor was quite rich and powerful. Embarrassing, I know, but I'd rather be young and smelly, than the ancient and bland person I have now become.

Mar. 26 2009 12:42 PM
Robin T. from Manhattan

Brian got it right about my Labs; we think that the city dog grew up amid so many simultaneous odors that tracking was impossible -- the scents all blurred together -- with the result that he never learned to use his nose. On the other hand, the country dog grew up in an less confusing olefactory environment, and developed her inate tracking ability.

The downside is that, at age 2 1/2, she continues to steal and hide everyone's underwear. I guess that she misses us when we're at work and school.

Mar. 26 2009 12:13 PM
julieann from nyc

Ewwwwwww women sweat is supposed to smell like grapefruit while men sweat smells like rancid cheese. I find that hard to believe, have you ever been camping with a girl?

Mar. 26 2009 12:01 PM
beth from bklyn

Pregnant women should be used to detect b.o.
When I was pregnant, riding the subway was awful. The body odor of any man other than my husband was unbearably salient.

Mar. 26 2009 11:58 AM

I have had a great sense of smell ever since I discovered a rotting rat corpse in my New York city apartment. I think it made me realize that I need to smell for survival in this city.

Mar. 26 2009 11:58 AM
alexander from Hoboken NJ

Could you guest please explain why senior citizens often smell like old apples?


Mar. 26 2009 11:58 AM
Amy from Manhattan

1 of the 2 cats I had in the '80s-'90s was very shy & usually hid when I had visitors. But when my brother visited, Runcible went right up to him & rubbed her head against his leg. We figured there must have been a family scent resemblance.

Mar. 26 2009 11:57 AM
Linda from East Village

Don't steroid hormones affect not only the way we smell, but our sense of smell? I've heard that estrogen, in particular, enhances women's sense of smell.

Mar. 26 2009 11:57 AM
kK from stamford, CT

My own sense of smell dramatically increased when I was pregnant with my first child, and although didn't remain at that heightened level, my sense of smell has remained increased from when I was younger.

Mar. 26 2009 11:56 AM

Is there a difference if you shave or don't shave your armpits?

So even super-hot women can smell bad? Like certain actresses and models?

Mar. 26 2009 11:55 AM
Karen from Long Beach, NY

Unfortunately I have a great sense of smell. I can smell perfume or smoke from the next room or when a car passes by. The subject of body oder is kind of gross!

Mar. 26 2009 11:55 AM

For months after my father died, our dog would go crazy when my uncle(father's brother) visted us. She would act extremely excited and needy. She never reacted to any other family member that way.

Mar. 26 2009 11:54 AM
lorenzo sanguedolce from Brooklyn, NY

isn't b.o. affected by what you eat/drink/smoke?
i.e. if you eat fenugreek or garlic, it usually comes out in your sweat...

Mar. 26 2009 11:53 AM
Robin T. from Manhattan

I have two labs, one raised in NYC and the other in the country, in Westchester County. The second dog has spent her life running around in the woods behind our home.

I have never seen dog No. 1. use his nose for any "search" purposes. When dog no. 2 was about six months old, however, I watched from the window as she lifted her nose, sniffed the air, sniffed the pavement -- and then tracked my husband into the garage. She continues to use her nose to "find" us, both inside and ouside the house.

Our "city" dog just sniffs around.

Mar. 26 2009 11:50 AM
John-Paul from Elizabeth, NJ

Oh darn, I misunderstood the opening about the scents of the city and wanted to post this comic

So yeah, this is unrelated.

Mar. 26 2009 11:48 AM

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