Monday, June 02, 2008


This afternoon a guy at my office mentioned that he'd been on a first date over the weekend. Apparently they'd gone to the cinema and seen 'Iron Man', and unfortunately he was unimpressed by both the movie and the date.

Personally I've never understood the idea of going to the movies on a first date. It's not exactly a condusive enviroment for getting to know your potential partner. It's dark, so you can't really see her. There's probably loud surround sound going on, so you can't hear her. It's a first date, so you're unlikely to be feeling or tasting her. That leaves smell... and smell's not a lot to go on for two hours. The only time the average man is really conscious that a woman is wearing perfume is when she's wearing too much of it, so let's face it, he's more likely to smell her snacks. Going to the movies on a first date is likely to end up being summarised thusly:

Friend: How was your date?

You: She smelled like popcorn and Diet Coke.

Friend: What did she look like?

You: I don't know.


Anonymous Matthew Jarvis said...

Actually, there's some good evidence that scent plays a much larger role in our evaluation of a potential mate than our conscious rational mind would like to admit. Particularly for women, who as a statistical generalisation have a much better sense of smell than men.

So, in a love at first scent sense, being bunched up against someone in a movie theatre is perfect for evaluating your olfactory mutual compatibility indices.

And I would have thought, Blanders, that a woman who smelled of popcorn and Diet Coke would rank pretty high in your pantheon of beauty!

10:58 AM  
Anonymous JC said...

And so is revealed the real reason Peugeots have fragrance diffusers.

Now my only challenge is to find out from where I can buy the "Alpha male super breeder" scent cartridge!

(Not, of course, that I need it! :-) )

11:02 AM  
Blogger 2BarRiff said...

If women are so good at the whole smelling thing, why do they let their men buy 'L'eau d'Issey Pour Homme Intense'?

10:46 PM  

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