I’d never heard that you should also smell like yourself, though, until I joined a matchmaking service called Smell Dating. After 72 hours, the cotton was pickled in my essence.
For three days and nights I wore the same cotton T-shirt, through sweaty workouts and while I slept. I passed off the damp, stained tee to the New York University researchers who run Smell Dating, who saw it not as an object of disgust, but as boyfriend bait.
They cut my T-shirt into swatches, stuffed them inside little zip-top bags and mailed them to 10 people who’d also signed up for this bizarre social experiment.
I’d get stinky T-shirt samples, other people would get stinky T-shirt samples, and if by chance any two of us chooses each other’s odor, the NYU team will introduce us.
"Then when I went out with my friends most of them were already in stable relationships or even married with kids.
"Meeting single men my own age was becoming more difficult so my mum and best friends were telling me to give internet dating a try.
"Now we have beautiful Bethany and George has his own daughter, a two year-old black Labrador called Ebony." Katie admits she may never have found Richard or George after dismissing at first the idea of going on a dating site.
She explained: "Being a primary school teacher and in my late 20s most of my working day is spent with young children or women.
Those receptors rocket the smell directly to the brain, a much quicker route than other senses take.
As a result, smell can trigger thoughts and behaviors very quickly.
"I thought basically it was not for me at all and went on it to prove my mum wrong.
"But in the end they proved me wrong as clicking on George's daft profile picture was the best decision I ever made." are hoping to unite more dog-lovers after launching the world's first dating event for 'lonely hearts' dog owners and their single pets.
Katie went on: "About 18 months after we first met online Richard proposed and we married the following year at the local church.