Joined by smell?
According to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, friends are about as genetically similar as fourth cousins. The genes that friends had most in common were olfactory genes connected to the sense of smell.
"Friends tend to smell things the same way," said [study co-author James] Fowler. In prehistoric days, for example, people who liked the smell of blood might hunt together, whereas gatherers might prefer the smell of wildflowers. Nowadays, Fowler says, that translates into people who like the smell of coffee congregating at coffee shops.
Made me wonder ... what if some of the bonding that goes on here at VT has to do with shared enjoyment of various casino fragrances/aromas/odors. Eau de Cortez anyone?
More on the study here.
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Chuckmonster responded on Tuesday, 15th July 2014
Speaking of stench. When going down the escalator on the Venetian side of the Wynn/Venetian pedestrian overpass, I noticed a whole family holding their noses and fanning their faces, hurriedly walking towards the up side of the escalator. As I made my way past, I smelled it too. The whole entire frontage of the Palazzo where the sunken dining areas are smelled like week old garbage.... not entirely unlike the old dirty water and moldy hot dogs smell of the Plaza!
donnymac66 replied on Tuesday, 15th July 2014
The smell of the Harrah's valet or the Caesars corner of Flamingo and LVB are always fresh
levans responded on Thursday, 17th July 2014
The smell of the water by the Bellagio is always a pleasant one.
Misnomer responded on Thursday, 17th July 2014
I smell like tequila burps and whatever I stuffed my pockets with at the buffet (usually crab legs).
motoman responded on Thursday, 17th July 2014
Heard about that study. Explains racism (similar genetics--NOT referring to smells here!), but if the authors were thinking people liked the smell of similar *things*, they lose all credibility. It would have to be pheromones from genetically similar people, wouldn't you think?
(Sorry for being serious, especially after Misnomer's typically off-the-wall comment! ;)
8splitter responded on Friday, 18th July 2014
Donnymac66 referenced it already. The sidewalk in front of CP always smells like a sewer.
Can you imagine the funk seeping from a busker's furry costume after an 8 hour shift in 110 Degree heat?