The Bill Gates Foundation is funding a project to use the smell of stinky socks to prevent malaria. The attraction of mosquitoes to foot odor was discovered by Dutch scientist Dr. Bart Knols, who stood naked in a dark room and examined which part of his body the mosquitoes bit most. Now a Tanzanian researcher is using a mixture of 8 chemicals that replicates the smell of stinky socks to lure mosquitoes to a trap where they can be poisoned.
- They call the trap “A Teenage Boys Bedroom”.
- If the mosquitoes had bitten some other part of the Doctor’s body the most, today we might have a cure for jock itch!