It has long been known that each individual possesses an identifiable odor that can easily be detected by animals, but a recent test indicates that human beings, too, are capable of distinguishing among such odors.

Psychologists Richard Porter and John Moore of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, asked 12 pairs of siblings to sleep in identical white T-shirts for three consecutive nights. They then put the shirts in closed plastic buckets with small holes in the lids and asked each child to identify the shirt worn by his or her brother or sister–by sniffing through the holes only. Nineteen of the 24 subjects were able to pick out the right shirt for the right sibling. I rest my case.

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