Minutes (Chicago) : Pheromones

August 17, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard


  • A young man remarked on the benefits of soap: I was surprised. I’m so used to smelling all the time. I’m used to smelling like me. I regularly apologize for smelling like me. Since I started using this soap, I smell like soap all the time. It seems to work as an aphrodisiac of some sort. I don’t understand it.
  • Another young man walked passed a young woman on his way to the back porch. They were at a party. “You are so hot,” the young woman remarked and the boy, several inches taller than she, took her head in his hand and pressed it against the crook of his open arm pit. “Pheromones, baby. It’s the pheromones.”
  • At a pizzeria downtown, two women–a blond and a brunette–sat across from one another. They appeared to be gossiping and I inched my chair closer to hear what they had to say. “I just can’t believe you would go ahead and sleep with him. Do you just sleep with everyone? What are you, sex positive or something?” said the brunette. Rather then acknowledge the comment, the blond stood up, walked around to her companion’s side of the table and stuck her nose in her companion’s ear. The blond appeared to be smelling, for she didn’t move for several minutes. “What?” asked the brunette. Very cool, the blond walked back to seat and sat down. “I just wanted to smell your pheromones,” she said. “I heard your pheromones are made in your ear and I wanted to smell what yours were like.”

5 Responses to “Minutes (Chicago) : Pheromones”

  1. Pheromones probably explain a lot of strange choices–but do they explain your choice of post image? Pheromones of some sort I take it, but–well, the image –well, it speaks for itself.

  2. urbesque Says:

    The above image came from here: http://www.dfid-ahp.org.uk/index.php?section=4&subsection=58

    It’s not saying this, but I like to pretend it is, namely that the ticks are into cow-pheromones so they jump into the ears. Again that’s not what it’s saying, i copied and pasted some of the link below:

    * This project examines the role that sex pheromones might play in controlling tick populations and the serious diseases they carry that affect many dairy cows in developing countries.
    * Researchers identified a non-volatile mounting sex pheromone (MSP) in Rhipicephalus appendiculatus ticks. This pheromone, present on the tick cuticle, allows males to recognise sexually active females and so is crucial for successful mating.
    * MSP was eventually shown to be a highly unstable derivative of cholesterol, and is thus unlikely to directly feature in any tick control strategy.
    * However, it might be possible to exploit this instability by chemically promoting the breakdown of the pheromone thereby rendering females ‘invisible’ to males.
    * Successful tests mixing acaricides with MSP may however have an impact much sooner if ticks could be attracted to specific sites and thus killed.
    * This would lead to a rapid reduction in tick populations so reducing the threat of diseases like East Coast fever, which currently has a major negative effect on small-scale dairy farmers throughout much of Africa.

  3. Myrna Lynch Says:

    Hah I’m actually the first reply to your great writing?!

  4. If only more than 39 people could hear this.

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