In the first "sweaty T-shirt" experiment, a Swiss zoologist, Claus Wedekind, set up a test of women's sensitivity to male odors.He assembled volunteers, 49 women and 44 men selected for their variety of MHC gene types.While most matchmaking services would require you to submit a photo, bio and at the very least your gender or sexual preference, Smell Dating only requires one thing: a t-shirt that smells of you. Perfumes and deodorants are discouraged as they may overpower your natural smell but cigarette smoke and other scents that reflect your lifestyle choices are allowed.
The bad news is that it’s a service called Smell Dating, where you have to wear a shirt without deodorant for three days, send it to the Smell Dating people, and then wait for them to send you other people’s dirty shirts to see if you like how they smell enough to want to meet them and potentially smell them for the rest of your life.
Also, if you’re basing it on sheer science, then the usual things that let me down – annoying personality quirks, unwashed hair, won’t matter.
But then I remembered that I’m quite a sweaty sleeper (sorry), so there was still a fair amount of potential for me to be the smelly girl in the room.
I was going to start this piece by listing all the strange things in my quest for love (sex).
Then I realised that my commitment to meeting my one true love is pretty fleeting at the best of times.