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Scientists Use Calvin Klein Cologne to Lure Big Cats

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the cougar-approved dept.

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Biologists can't speak on the effectiveness of Calvin Klein Obsession for Men on the cougars at your local bar, but they do know that jaguars love it. Rony Garcia and Jose Moreira from the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Jaguar Conservation Program use the cologne to attract jaguars in the jungles of Guatemala. "The method we are using to study the jaguars here in Guatemala is a non-invasive method which is based on photographing the individuals by using camera traps," Moreira says. "It has been very useful using Obsession (for Men) to get the jaguars in front of these camera traps ... and that allows us to estimate with greater confidence the genders and the numbers that live in each studied site."

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Unsurprisingly (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#32524728)

Sales of Calvin Klein's Obsession have plummeted in neighboring towns and cities as have jaguar rape incidents involving young men on their way to discotecas.

Re:Unsurprisingly (0, Redundant)

toastar (573882) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525046)

I hear Cougars also like Calvin Klein.

Re:Unsurprisingly (1)

geirlk (171706) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525098)

I don't care who they like, as long as they stay away from me!

Re:Unsurprisingly (1)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525628)

I have been training Mynah birds to say "Heeere, Kitty, Kitty..."

We plan to release them in major urban centers, worldwide.

Re:Unsurprisingly (2, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525146)

You know you have failed when you "make" a joke that's in the summary.

Re:Unsurprisingly (3, Funny)

toastar (573882) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525232)

I can't be bothered to read the summary, This is slashdot, which means I already heard the story yesterday anyway.

Re:Unsurprisingly (1)

JosKarith (757063) | more than 4 years ago | (#32532798)

This only works cause Obsession smells like cat piss...

Sex Panther (4, Funny)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | more than 4 years ago | (#32524752)

60% of the time, it works EVERY time...

Re:Sex Panther (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 4 years ago | (#32524950)

Ah, I love Anchorman:

Brian Fantana: [about Veronica] I'll give this little cookie an hour before we're doing the no-pants dance. Time to musk up.
[opens cologne cabinet]
Ron Burgundy: Wow. Never ceases to amaze me. What cologne you gonna go with? London Gentleman, or wait. No, no, no. Hold on. Blackbeard's Delight.
Brian Fantana: No, she gets a special cologne... It's called Sex Panther by Odeon. It's illegal in nine countries... Yep, it's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good.
Ron Burgundy: It's quite pungent.
Brian Fantana: Oh yeah.
Ron Burgundy: It's a formidable scent... It stings the nostrils. In a good way.
Brian Fantana: Yep.
Ron Burgundy: Brian, I'm gonna be honest with you, that smells like pure gasoline.
Brian Fantana: They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time it works, every time.
[cheesy grin]
Ron Burgundy: That doesn't make sense.
Brian Fantana: Well... Let's go see if we can make this little kitty purr.

Re:Sex Panther (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32525472)

http://www.firebox.com/product/2291/Sex-Panther

Re:Sex Panther (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32526608)

Obession: It attracts the big P****.

Sixty percent of the time, it works every time. (1)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#32524774)

But be careful, it's highly flammable.

too much (1)

hyperion2010 (1587241) | more than 4 years ago | (#32524782)

Finally! A way to bump off those jackass who you can smell from a block away without getting caught.

Yup, cougars like perfume (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32524790)

Yup, cougars like perfume...what else is new... they also like diamonds, fast cars, and rich guys.
Oh, I guess I should RTFA.

Re:Yup, cougars like perfume (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32524842)

You forgot the important one: shaggy haired 18 year olds with skills in pool cleaning and "grass care"

Re:Yup, cougars like perfume (1)

fishexe (168879) | more than 4 years ago | (#32531610)

Yup, cougars like perfume...what else is new... they also like diamonds, fast cars, and rich guys. Oh, I guess I should RTFA.

Forget RTFA, please for the love of God at least RTFS (summary) OR RTFD (discussion) [slashdot.org] where the cougar joke was already made, and its redundancy was already commented upon.

Re:Yup, cougars like perfume (1)

AtomicOrange (1667101) | more than 4 years ago | (#32540128)

There can be no redundancy of Cougar jokes, it's just not possible.

Jaguars, nothing (-1, Redundant)

Jay L (74152) | more than 4 years ago | (#32524812)

You should see how well it works on cougars.

Cat got your number? (4, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 4 years ago | (#32524860)

I foresee this being used in a highly successful ad campaign - until a half dozen male hikers disappear in Central America and some very fat jaguars, wearing tight-fitting jeans, are spotted in the vicinity.

Re:Cat got your number? (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525180)

The tight fitting jeans don't bother me nearly so much as the leopard print.

Re:Cat got your number? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32525484)

If they can prove this works on cougars, they will be selling this by the gallon to guidos.

A triumph in re-branding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32524862)

The fragrance was originally called CK Obsession for Cats and sold throughout India, Africa and Central America, where it was responsible for untold deaths and disembowelments.

The company almost went out of business until they changed the fragrance name and distributed it in areas without so many top predators.

Biologists (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32524952)

They do some pretty weird things some times.

Discover? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32525020)

How did they discover this?

(R.I.P. Interns)

'Big Cats' eh? (0, Redundant)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525038)

So were said cats Cougars by any chance?

Genders, eh? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525040)

"It has been very useful using Obsession (for Men) to get the jaguars in front of these camera traps ... and that allows us to estimate with greater confidence the genders and the numbers that live in each studied site."

So... which gender seemed to like the cologne better?

Re:Genders, eh? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525076)

"It has been very useful using Obsession (for Men) to get the jaguars in front of these camera traps ... and that allows us to estimate with greater confidence the genders and the numbers that live in each studied site."

So... which gender seemed to like the cologne better?

Perhaps it's not so much that the cats like the scent, but that they recognise that their prey would like the scent so they go there to wait for the prey to come along.

Could also have similarity to the sweet stench of carrion.

Re:Genders, eh? (1)

Kenoli (934612) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525190)

The scent is highly unusual for them, so it captures their attention easily.
It's probably not being associated with prey since it probably hasn't ever actually led them to prey.

Re:Genders, eh? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525508)

Good thing they’re just filming the cats, not hunting them... or curiosity killed the cat.

Re:Genders, eh? (1)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 4 years ago | (#32527644)

Funny, yeah, but you know poachers will start using this trick, if they aren't already.

Re:Genders, eh? (1)

Entropius (188861) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525594)

When you're a jaguar, pretty much anything is prey. Any smell that you don't recognize is still probably something you can eat.

Re:Genders, eh? (1)

The Wild Norseman (1404891) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525212)

Could also have similarity to the sweet stench of carrion.

"Try out Carrion For Men. It's what all Real Men wear when they're dying... to get laid."

Axe body spray even better! (4, Interesting)

CodePwned (1630439) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525222)

My sister helps run the conservators center (www.conservatorscenter.org) of North Carolina who house 40+ lions and tigers. By accident the found out how effective it is when one of their volunteers wore it. The lions were moaning trying to rub against them through the cages. Unfortunately Axe body spray didn't think it was a good marketing item as their reply to me was "We thank you for your interest but we don't accept marketing ideas from the public".

Re:Axe body spray even better! (1)

fishexe (168879) | more than 4 years ago | (#32531628)

Unfortunately Axe body spray didn't think it was a good marketing item as their reply to me was "We thank you for your interest but we don't accept marketing ideas from the public".

That's kind of odd, considering that's exactly the kind of ad they go for. That rejection notice was probably just cover for when they "think up" that exact same idea a year from now and use it.

How about one to lure female humans? (1)

Lord Juan (1280214) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525242)

Advertisement would have us believe that some scents will lure the women out of hiding the way this cologne lure those Jaguars, if only...

Re:How about one to lure female humans? (2, Funny)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 4 years ago | (#32527716)

Customer: "So, will this cologne get me some pussy?"
Salesman, barely able to keep a straight face: "Yes sir, if you don't mind really big ones."

Sorry, but it had to be said.

Zoos have been using Obsession for ages (4, Informative)

zombie_striptease (966467) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525262)

It's apparently common to use fragrance (either sprayed perfume or scented magazine inserts) for "enrichment" of zoo animals so they don't get bored. A zookeeper maybe spritzes a log in the course of cleaning the tiger enclosure, and when the tigers come back in, they go nuts over this new smell, sniffing it repeatedly, rubbing against it, clawing at it etc.. I recall hearing that tigers go especially mental over Obsession and Charlie (probably all the musk).

Re:Zoos have been using Obsession for ages (1)

Princeofcups (150855) | more than 4 years ago | (#32526250)

It's apparently common to use fragrance (either sprayed perfume or scented magazine inserts) for "enrichment" of zoo animals so they don't get bored. A zookeeper maybe spritzes a log in the course of cleaning the tiger enclosure, and when the tigers come back in, they go nuts over this new smell, sniffing it repeatedly, rubbing against it, clawing at it etc.. I recall hearing that tigers go especially mental over Obsession and Charlie (probably all the musk).

You mean trying to obliterate the smell by rubbing their own scent producing glands in their paws and cheeks on it? I don't think that means that they like the smell, or are "going mental" over it. It means that they don't like having that smell in their cage.

In related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32525520)

... local poachers now smell better than ever.

Civet cat's ass glands (2, Informative)

JungleBoy (7578) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525522)

This works because many perfumes/colognes use the secretions from a Civet cat's [wikipedia.org] ass glands as a fragrance or stabilizer. Any many that don't, use a very similar synthetic compound.

Re:Civet cat's ass glands (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 4 years ago | (#32526024)

It never ceases to amaze me how much people are willing to pay for what is literally shit [wikipedia.org] to be applied to their body.

Re:Civet cat's ass glands (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32526390)

perfumes are made from artificial musk style chemicals. Its cheaper.
Lipstick is still often made from crushed beetles though.

Re:Civet cat's ass glands (1)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 4 years ago | (#32527750)

Behold the power of marketing.

Cougar Attraction? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32525752)

So does this mean that I can use this to attract 40 year old + women that are looking for young men too?

Expensive solution (1)

OopsIDied (1764436) | more than 4 years ago | (#32525764)

Re:Expensive solution (2, Funny)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 4 years ago | (#32526130)

Well, ink from HP color inkjet catridges was also found to work, but they went with the cheaper solution...

Rather old news. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32525770)

Over ten years ago, my sister-in-law -- a zookeeper at the Dallas Zoo at the time -- did some research on this and got her 15 minutes of fame when it made NPR.

Expanded results from peer review, Cape May NJ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32526064)

The extended study determined species selectivity over a broad group of felines. Correlation to brand-awareness and relative age in the groups were unavoidable. Other results show kittens prefer axe, pumas are partial to armani, and panthers, old spice.

Works for cougars, too (1, Redundant)

aaandre (526056) | more than 4 years ago | (#32526094)

Altho you don't really want to see those photos.

Re:Works for cougars, too (1)

OrangeMonkey11 (1553753) | more than 4 years ago | (#32526290)

well, you do want to show them photos off if you bag yourself a really nice one

Bad News For Jaguars (1)

Vegan Cyclist (1650427) | more than 4 years ago | (#32526602)

Err...doesn't this also help people who want to go and hunt and kill jaguars..?

I think it might have been wiser to keep this quiet to protect them. =(

Austin Powers (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 4 years ago | (#32527082)

Shaguar baby, YEAH!

Big cats? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32527544)

I just love luring pussy!

Humans too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32528342)

I've noticed that the patchouli scent tends to attract hippies. Or have I got the causality wrong again?

Re:Humans too (1)

vikingpower (768921) | more than 4 years ago | (#32532774)

Correlation does not necessarily imply causation...

Prey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32529808)

Interesting. I was at a store once and turned around reflexively to attack. Turned out to be a woman behind me with a perfume on that just spoke PREY! to me. I wanted to eat her. Not in the sexual way but as dinner. Very deep brained. Be careful what you wear.

Perhaps it contains animal glandular material? (1)

Swave An deBwoner (907414) | more than 4 years ago | (#32529822)

Perfumes often contain glandular material from animals, even from endangered species, and the perfume manufacturers keep the ingredients secret.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musk [wikipedia.org]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civet [wikipedia.org]

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2306/does-civet-come-from-tortured-cats [straightdope.com]

So this just goes to show... (1)

fishexe (168879) | more than 4 years ago | (#32531632)

...that old Calvin was marketing to the wrong species all along.

who's coming, pussycat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32532672)

But it is the male or the female who is attracted? Or both?

That's my perfume ! (1)

vikingpower (768921) | more than 4 years ago | (#32532770)

*grin Whoa. Now I understand where to hunt for girls: among the undergrad students toting panther / jaguar - skin design bags. Testing this for you today in the lobby of Austria's National Library

Is that why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32564606)

it's called pussy
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