"Old people smell" is real


19 Responses to “"Old people smell" is real”

  1. joeposts says:

    Don’t listen to them. You have an enchanting musk.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      It’s fairly obvious that hardly anybody actually followed the link.

      In addition – contrary to the stereotype of the old person smell – the volunteers generally rated the samples from the oldest group as being less intense and less unpleasant than those from the younger groups.

      • joeposts says:

        I don’t click links, personally. I set bb as my homepage and that’s all I need.

      • pjcamp says:

        Old Spice, mothballs and athlete’s foot . . . what’s new about that?

        See, actual knowledge would have prevented me from making that joke.

  2. I’ve isolated the chemical responsible for the smell.  I’ll be concentrating it into small spheres and selling it under the generic name, “Moth balls.”

    Nobel plz.

  3. Rosin Ffield says:

    It’s a common knowledge that when people age their skin start to evacuate ‘pee’ for some reason (i think it was compensating for slowness of the normal system rersponsible for that).

    • Now you’re just taking the piss.

    • blueelm says:

      Uremia I think, but I think that there are other things that are usually going on as people age that also change the way the smell.  Gallstones can cause bad breath too and are more common as people age. The illness argument is sounding pretty plausible.

      • Ramone says:

        And don’t forget that with age comes dampening of the senses, like loss of smell (a sign of Alzheimer’s BTW). So it would seem the elderly haven’t a clue (or a care!) about the odor.

  4. Andreas says:

    Interesting. I just read about the study in a german newspaper (Süddeutsche Zeitung) but acording to them one of the findings was that the older the group the less unpleasant the odour was perceived by the persons smelling it. The article you link to suggests the same thing, that old peaple smell better than younger…

  5. Diogenes says:

    Ya, old people have a distinctive smell. 
    Whereas babies don’t, toddlers don’t, teens don’t, college students don’t, and all those 20-30-40-50-somethings in the subways and elevators don’t.  
    Bottom line, people smell; mostly like their bottoms.

  6. Sigmund_Jung says:

    Alright, nobody said it, so here I go…
    That’s obviously the smell of death.There, I said it.

  7. s2redux says:

    I’ll p’bly lose my AARP card for revealing this…. That smell is the linger-scent of old person sex. Its ubiquitous among us seniors ‘cuz we’re all doin’ it, all the time. “I’m going upstairs for a napsex”; “Some friends are coming over for teasex”; “I’ll be at the doctor’s office all morning for a blood sugar workupsex”; “Everythingsex these days costs more and takes longer.”; etc.

  8. jonlebkowsky says:

    Hey, David, you know I’m getting pretty old – and I smell great! Like Teen Spirit!

  9. saint_al says:

    Smelling underarm pads for a living… some people get the best jobs!

    /always associated old people smell as candies no one else eats anymore like Circus Peanuts and Bit-O-Honey

  10. Culturedropout says:

    Wake me when they need someone to study the smell of attractive young people…

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