Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! "Pumpkin Pie Arouses Guys More than Your Favorite Perfume:"
Forget about lingerie -- if you want to entice your man, all you need could be sitting on your dinner table on Thanksgiving.

According to a new study, besides satisfying their sweet tooth, the smell of pumpkin pie really turns men on. "The number one odor that enhanced penile blood flow was a combination of lavender and pumpkin pie," Alan Hirsch, Director of Chicago's Smell and Taste Treatment Research Center, told WPBF in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Hirsch tested 40 aromas with the men, but it seems that the smell of pumpkin pie "increased the men's penile blood flow by an average of 40 percent" by reducing anxiety, and thus eliminating inhibitions.


Blogger Bob Sorensen said...

This might explain why I get some, uh, creative ideas involving whipped cream at certain inappropriate moments.

7:46 AM, November 25, 2010  
Blogger Ern said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all here! This blog is one of the things for which I'm thankful - not just Dr. Helen, but the commenters here, as well.

8:26 AM, November 25, 2010  
Blogger Kim said...

"the smell of pumpkin pie really turns men on"

American men, maybe. For those who didn't grow up with the smell, it's no different from any other baking smell.

10:16 AM, November 25, 2010  
Blogger SGT Ted said...

No, DON'T forget about the lingerie. LIES!

10:44 AM, November 25, 2010  
Blogger MarkD said...

It's not an either-or, Sgt Ted. You can have both. Isn't that what Thanksgiving is for?

12:10 PM, November 25, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that explains the folk saying:

All Pie Is Not The Same

12:47 PM, November 25, 2010  
Blogger Doom said...

I keep reading about this and... I have my doubts. For me that is absolutely not true. The only thing that gets it to kick over, for me, is not a scent, but the notion when I make a play and either by her looks or actions I think the deal will be sealed. Everything else is merely sprinkles on the frosting.

However, if women want to go around smelling like lavender pumpkins when they are more interested, that is all good too. It saves men having to read an unreadable mind. It would be disappointing if women do that and we end up with a flowery desert though. Oh, and Thanksgiving Day and some other days would become... interesting and a bit hard. Men would be drooling for more than turkey and all. Perhaps another cue scent would be good, say... beer?

Anyway, happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful dinner and some pie on the side. Just... saying.

3:24 PM, November 25, 2010  
Blogger we're doomed said...

Who would have guessed?

6:20 AM, November 26, 2010  
Blogger Sissy Willis said...

Lovely thought, but is it universal or only amongst those of us accustomed to going over the river and through the woods?

8:31 AM, November 26, 2010  
Blogger TMink said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

But lavender? I have a sad history with lavender. A couple of years ago I was at an applied neurology conference that was going well till the presenter got to smells and the neurological basis for aroma therapy. Yawn.

She passed out some samples to the crowd and we were supposed to notice any emotional responses. So I am smelling and nothing much is happening. Then we get to lavender which was supposed to promote a sense of calm. OK, whatever. I sniff deeply and wait.

Then I start to panic and dissociate a little. Nothing horrible, nothing that I could not deal with, but 3 minutes after I snorted the lavender I was moderately anxious and pretty spaced out.

I then recalled the intense smell of wild lavender in the scrub land around the location where I was isolated and starved as a lad for a few weeks in France. Long boring story, but when it was over I looked a little like a concentration camp survivor.

Well, since I had just been instructed in the process that was currently occuring in my noggin, at least I realized what had happened. The lavender had activated my amygdala, since the olfactory cortex is so close it, and I was having a little ptsd in the middle of the conference.

Newly convinced that what the presenter had said about aromas and the brain was accurate and applicable, I grabbed my coffee and sniffed it heartily till I felt much, much better.

So I don't do lavender. Which just goes to show you that olfactory activation of the limbic system is highly idiosyncratic. Pumpkin pie may light one man's fire while completely dousing the flames of anyone whose aunt Martha kissed him too much every turkey day.

Trey - who actually had a point all along.

9:49 AM, November 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trey, to quote Harry Nillson, "You don't need a point to have a point." As as was further said, "He's got a point there".

11:09 AM, November 26, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do I have to do this twice every time I wish to post? Without fail.....

Oh, belated Happy Thanksgiving to all.

11:10 AM, November 26, 2010  
Blogger TMink said...

I have not see the Point in years. It was a really sweet, fun cartoon.

Me And My Arrow. Great song!


9:45 AM, November 29, 2010  

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