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10 Weird Studies Involving Agriculture

By : Diego Flammini

Eau d’Asparagus

Asparagus

Researchers from Harvard University surveyed nearly 7,000 people, asking them to smell their urine after eating asparagus and to note any differences in odour.

According to the study’s data, 58 per cent of men and 62 per cent of women were unable to smell the differences after eating asparagus.

"Outstanding questions on this topic remain," said senior author Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard Chan School. "First and foremost perhaps is: why such a delicious delicacy as asparagus results in such a pernicious odor and what are the selective pressures driving genetic variations that lead to (the smell)?"

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