Study: people can sniff out other people with shared beliefs

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BURIEN, WA – Last year, a dead whale washed up on shore in the town of Burien, Washington. By all accounts, it smelled pretty bad.

But apparently, not as bad as some of the two-legged inhabitants of the town who stink so much that the city has a new ordinance that says people who visit public places, like the parks and the library, can’t curse, have to be fully clothed, and can’t stink to high heaven. If you do, you’re banned for a year.

The people in defense of smelly people say this is just a way for the city to discriminate against the homeless.

But this argument may not pass every smell test, thanks to Rose McDermott and some other political scientists at Brown University.

For some reason, she and her colleagues wanted to know if we can sniff out other people who think the way we do.

Their results suggest we really can identify Democrats and Republicans, by their smell.

The researchers say the findings suggest we use body odors to find potential mates who share our interests and beliefs, which explains people at a “My Little Pony" convention.

But how do you explain James Carville and Mary Matalin?


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