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Have Another Slice of Pumpkin Pie, Dear

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A study by The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation has found, just in time for the holidays, that the smell of pumpkin pie "increas[ed] median penile blood flow by 40%." Ladies: to your kitchens! There's one catch...

...the aromatic aphrodisiac is actually a combination scent of pumpkin pie mixed with lavender. The hell? I suppose you can recreate this with a dab of perfume, but why would you really want to?


Pumpkin pie on its own didn't even crack the top ten:

Increase in Penile Blood Flow Produced by Top 10 Odors in 31 Male Volunteers

Lavender and pumpkin pie - 40%
Doughnut & black licorice - 31.5%
Pumpkin pie & doughnut - 20%
Orange - 19.5%
Lavender & doughnut - 18%
Black licorice and cola - 13%
Black licorice - 13%
Doughnut & cola - 12.5%
Lily of the valley - 11%
Buttered popcorn - 9%


Buttered popcorn! Reminds me of those Jelly Belly beans I always avoided. Guess I should have been rubbing them all over my body. Anyway, it's important to note that this study had a sample size of a whopping 31 men. The best part is how they were lured:

The team recruited volunteers literate in English through solicitation on classic rock radio broadcasts. Thirty-one men, aged 18 to 64 years, signed up.

BRB, looking up the number to my local affiliate. Oh, and according to this shadowy article, which is actually written with a sense of humor (one section is titled: "So Should I Forget the Sex Toys and Stock Up on Pumpkin Pie?") a similar survey of women was done a few years ago.


Sexyladymaking scents included:

Good and Plenty candy and cucumber - 13%
Baby powder - 13%
Pumpkin pie and lavender - 11%
Baby powder and chocolate - 4%


They should just call that last one "postpartum depression." Sadly, the study included no word on the lady-throb levels associated with the smell of money. Bon appetit!

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