Science Questions

Sun, 12th Feb 2006

Part of the show Science of Seduction, Pheromones and the Food of Love

Question

Stefan in Chicago asked:

I know it sounds a bit crude, but I was wondering why farts seem to smell a bit worse and linger longer when we're in the shower?

Answer

I have no idea! I guess that it's something to do with the enclosed environment within the shower. There's less airflow to disperse the odour. Whatever happens, you will adapt and get used to the odour. Your olfactory system is very good at habituating.

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