I concede that I'm no authority on this, but I'd never have put hairy armpits at the top of the wiles that a lady might employ to attract a mate. But this is what Mr Richard Robinson, a psychologist and author told the British Association for the Advancement of Science festival - according to today's Telegraph and Mail. And he told them why.
"The most important thing in attracting a mate is how they smell, because its the best indicator that a person is genetically different from you. You should not shave your armpits because this allows your smell to form".
Personally, I have my doubts about this theory. But with the Great Hadron Collider start-up going so well today, its not a time to be arguing with scientists. It seems that its the 'Phenyl ethylamine' that does it. Its this hormone of love that turns the head - and it works even at a distance. Mr Robinson also informs us that taking a lady on a rollercoaster will fetch the Phenyl ethylamine out at a superfast rate and lead to virtual instant love. Apparently all exciting situations produce the same effect. When I was a young man, some of my friends used to swear by this theory, and drive their sports cars at crazy speeds (whenever a rollercoaster wasn't handy). This tactic wasn't available to me because the only two-seater I had was the farm mini pick-up. Personally, I hated rollercoasters, and was not a stupidly fast driver. But then I didn't have access to Mr Robinson's advice, so didn't know about my inherent disadvantage..
This theory about a lady's smells is to do with attracting opposite genes which give a broader immunity against disease to any issue that might result from the sudden pulse of the hormone of love. I suppose that I didn't really need to be quite so scientific about things when I was young because the lingering ambiance of chicken slurry and cattle manure was sufficient to make me stand out from the crowd. Must admit that I never thought about its magnetic qualities though. I was only saying earlier today that if I could live my life again, I would have fancied being a scientist.