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Pumpkin Pie increases Male Sex Drive 173

Dr. Alan Hirsch, Director of Chicago's Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Center, says the key to a man's heart, and other parts, is pumpkin pie. Out of the 40 odors tested in Hirsch's study, a mixture of lavender and pumpkin pie got the biggest rise out of men ages 18 to 64. That particular fragrance was found to increase penile blood flow by an average of 40%. "Maybe the odors acted to reduce anxiety. By reducing anxiety, it acted to remove inhibitions," said Hirsch.
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Pumpkin Pie increases Male Sex Drive

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  • one flaw... (Score:1, Interesting)

    by arikol ( 728226 ) on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @04:11PM (#34322326) Journal

    this is about AMERICAN men.
    Not men in general, American men.

    As I see it there is a possible (or even probable) confounding here in that a possible alternate cause could be conditioning. Do American men often get laid on thaksgiving? What feelings does the smell of pumpkin pie evoke? For me, none whatsoever. I've never smelled or tasted pumpkin pie.
    If so, then the smell of thanksgiving may be triggering their conditioned response.
    Science reporters, learn science so you can report what is needed (like what controls/balancing were used and other such things which might change this from worthless crap to interesting information)

    Science reporting fail.

  • Re:Hey honey... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymusing ( 1450747 ) on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @04:16PM (#34322406)

    FTA: "Every odor we tested aroused the participants," said Hirsch. ... "Nothing turns a man off."

    Now, what pie will arouse women? THAT'S the pie I need.

  • by pushing-robot ( 1037830 ) on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @04:43PM (#34322794)

    Actually, August is the most common month of the year for birthdays. So...

  • by Nexus7 ( 2919 ) on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @04:50PM (#34322882)

    It's the combination of pumpkin pie and lavender that scores significantly higher than anything else (in this test).

    Pumpkin pie & lavender 40% increase in blood flow
    Next highest is 20%
    Pumpkin pie alone 8.5%
    Single highest smell is orange at 19.5%. Even vanilla is 8.5%.

  • I'm seventeen. (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @04:50PM (#34322886)

    Looking at linoleum makes me wanna have sex.

  • Re:Hey honey... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Lord Kano ( 13027 ) on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @09:18PM (#34326028) Homepage Journal

    Haha! Because women are gold-diggers rather than people with diverse and complex attractions and that's why you they sleep with other, richer men and not you! Classic! ...Wait, they also find penniless badasses attractive? Brb, reevaluating.

    Whether they admit it or not, women seek men who will contribute something to offspring. For some, what they seek is financial security. Why else would we have terms like "Good provider." when they discuss potential mates? Other women prefer physicality, a strong man will make strong children who will have a good chance at survival.

    When you learn to read the signs that they put out, you know when to pass on a woman that would be a waste of your time or how to manipulate her perception of you to get closer to her. I happen to be lucky in that I'm over 6 feet tall and over 200 pounds. I'm not really in good shape, but if I dress properly, I can make it look like I'm more muscular than I am. I also make a decent living, but I'm not well off. However, I make enough to appear that I make more than I do. I'm off of the market now, but when I was still out there I learned a lot by watching guys who were successful with women and adapting their techniques to suit me.

    What's crazy is that there is a subculture based on this, they call themselves Pick Up Artists (PUAs). I wish I had discovered the basics when I was younger.


  • Re:Hey honey... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by shawb ( 16347 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @02:24AM (#34327890)
    It's a half truth. Eating lots of turkey will indeed make you sleepy due to the tryptophan content. However, this only works if you don't eat any other proteins... and there is a fair amount in the rest of the food. As far as a Thanksgiving dinner in toto goes, it is indeed the overeating that makes you sleepy. A little bit from rerouting resources to digest those 3,000 calories (no really, that's the AVERAGE calorie load in an American Thanksgiving feast) and a fair amount due to insulin shock from all the carbs. Wine also contributes to the drowsiness, and I have read, although I can't find any sources now, that simply being around family may lead to an oxytocin release that could lead to drowsiness among males.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"