Usually, I put off writing my editorial for as long as possible, and about 99 percent of the time, I come up with something good – or, at least, something I think is good – at or near the last minute.
As the minutes rolled by Tuesday, it was becoming increasingly evident that I had nothing to write about. I could tell you how much fun I had demolishing the deck at our house Saturday.
Single-handedly, mind you. And with purpose. We replaced it with concrete steps.
But there’s not much else to hang my hat on there. When I get backed into that kind of corner, I tend to do something that I could have easily done earlier in the week – peruse the Internet for ideas.
Unfortunately for me, I waited to try that idea until Tuesday. Here’s the story I found thanks to Yahoo! News.
“Women Smell Better than Men.”
According to the findings of a research team at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, women are better at noticing their own body odor than men, which typically leads to more frequent showers and less time smelling awful.
What’s the first problem with that paragraph? “A research team.” Yes, someone funded a team of scientists to test the age-old theory that men stink and women smell nice.
Apparently, women are more attuned to smelly underarms because “the biological data it contains helps them choose mates.” This, of course, proves what most of us have known all along – women are even better at smelling a man’s body odor than their own.
It’s not like this is the first time some unknown but most likely large sum of money was used to fund a crazy scientific study that yielded information we all pretty much knew beforehand.
Still, I’m somewhat satisfied that my procrastination led to the discover of this artcle. Otherwise, I’d still be ignorant to the fact that there is such a thing in this country as the Flavour and Fragrance Journal. If I had more expendable cash, I might consider a subscription.
Past that golden nugget of a story, Yahoo’s most popular news items Tuesday afternoon involved the finding of a dog that was lost at sea four months ago and Vermont legalizing gay marriage. Also, it looks like GM and Segway are teaming up to make a new two-wheeled urban vehicle.
Of the top five, I decided to go with “Women Smell Better than Men.” Why? Maybe, subconsciously, I think someone out there should challenge the findings of this study.
In other words, I think I smell just fine, thank you very much.
Justin McGill is editor of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at email@example.com.