The New Speed Dating Craze Is Smelling Each Other's Armpits (VIDEO)

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Oh yeah, baby! I hope you’re into armpits because this new speed dating trend involves a lot of them.

The internet has turned dating into an anti-social event that involves sitting behind a computer or a smartphone screen. There have been a lot of complaints about the days of Tinder and the hookup culture, but new trends are starting to rear their heads. Instead of reverting back to the pre-internet days of dating, this new trend has taken it to the extreme by getting super up-close and personal.

While online dating and apps like Tinder aren’t the WORST things in the world for romance, they aren’t ideal. Unfortunately, they base attraction solely on looks instead of other factors that genuinely affect how much we like someone. While personality, lifestyle and body language are all important factors for attraction, other things like body scent can be a huge predictor as well.

So, to explore this idea further, an event called Romancing The Armpit was set up in a London bar to test Pheromone Compatibility (essentially, how much we like someone based on their natural body smells).

Those attending the event were given paper bags to wear over their heads. They were also given a score card, and each individual was given a coinciding number. Participants were instructed to blindly mingle, only interacting by talking and taking a good whiff of each other’s armpits. For each person sniffed, they were instructed to give them a check mark of approval or a big NO on their score cards.

Then, the second round of sniffing was initiated — this time, with the bags off of their heads. Participants had to sniff and give scores based on smells/looks again. After the second round, the scorecards were collected and entered into a computer system. The system looked for matches based off of checkmarks for both rounds, next to the same person’s name.

Using this system, the event staff was able to match four lucky couples. They were then given a celebratory sausage to eat like in Lady and The Tramp. What a good story they’ll have to tell their future children.

While not everyone enjoyed the event or even found a match, it was a great way to get people talking and thinking about the different ways that they are attracted to others. Instead of trying to find love from behind a screen, more people should get out there and start sniffing some pits.

Check out the video below for more information on this event:


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