A pair of researchers at the University of Alberta has released the results of a ground-breaking new study that’s determined cotton t-shirts don’t smell as bad as polyester ones when you get sweaty. The study, conducted by “textile science” professor Rachel McQueen along with James Harynuk of the chemistry department provided “specially sewn” t-shirts to 18 students and staff to wear after working out, according to the Edmonton Journal. Hey, so I signed up for this study, and all I got was a free t-shirt? But as it turns out, those folks actually got the better end of the deal.
The study also included a panel of 17 students, given the very-scientific title of “sniffers.” As the handle implies, this group “gave each scrap of fabric a smell test, then recorded which T-shirts were more intensely stinky than others,” the Journal states. Common side-effects are said to include nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.
Then again, I suppose they knew what they were getting into when they signed up for Professor McQueen’s “textile science” class. C’mon, is that really an actual field of study—and if so, do they happen to share a building with the fruit scientists? (Hey, at least those guys get to eat Oatmeal Crisp…)