Friday, June 25, 2010

"Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific"

I read about this on Cake Wrecks today (of all places). . .

Apparently scientists are using Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men (a cologne) to attract jaguars (for research purposes) in the jungles of Guatemala. 

The important lesson here is do not wear Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men in the Guatemalan jungle (or anywhere else jaguars are likely to be lurking).  

I've read that perfumes may attract some insects-- bees, mosquitoes-- but I hadn't given a lot of thought to the possibility that it might even attract larger animals. 

Come to think of it, though, maybe I have heard about perfumes drawing bears. . . and one quick google later-- yes!  Experts advise hikers to avoid not only perfumes (or perfumed lotions) when hiking, but even scented sunscreens!  Makes you wonder if you shouldn't bathe for a day or two before hiking. ;o)  Ok, not really, but some soaps and shampoos have a pretty potent perfumy smell. . .

Maybe I'll just stay home and leave the hiking to someone else. . .  (g)