Use a hosepipe to smell his body odour, fire a gun next to him and check your pulse while embracing: How to tell if he's Mr Right the 1920s way
13:23 GMT, 8 June 2012
Discovering the secret of a happy marriage is something many couples yearn to find but would you be willing to sniff your partner's body odour or fire a gun next to them to establish if they're Mr Right
These are some of the bizarre methods recommended by a science magazine from the 1920s on how to test a couple's compatibility.
The hilarious article was recently discovered by blog Paleofuture in a 1924 edition of Science and Invention magazine.
The article states: 'How much would the average man or
woman give to know beforehand if his or her prospective married life is
to be success or failure At present, marriage is a lottery. It
seems impossible to predict beforehand how your prospective mate will
turn out in the future.
Bizarre matchmaking: The article from a 1924 edition of Science and Invention magazine recommends smelling your partner's scent via a hosepipe attached to a capsule they are inside. If the smell isn't 'too objectionable', you're a perfect match!
'Through certain fundamentals, which can easily be ascertained, one can be reasonably certain as to one's choice. There are certain basic tests which can be made today and which will give one a reasonable assurance of married happiness.'
The 'basic tests' the magazine recommends are four unusual experiments called the body odour test, the physical attraction test, the nervous disorder test and the sympathy test.
In the body odour test, one person should place themselves in a large capsule with a hose attached which their partner then smells them through. If the smells are not found 'too objectionable', then the match is deemed 'safe'.
Test your mettle: If at least one person in the couple stays calm when they hear a gun go off beside them, then their marriage will work
Another of the 'scientific ways' the writer Hugo Gernsbackto says can be used to determine if a marriage will succeed or fail is the 'nervous disorder test'. This aims to find out whether at least one half of a couple can be calm under pressure.
The test imagines a man shooting a gun into the air with the reactions of both individuals recorded. If both are too scared by the gun shot then the marriage should not take place.
A further test tries to find out if a husband or wife is sympathetic to their partner when they are in pain. In the test, one half of the couple must watch their partner go through something mildly traumatic, such as giving blood. The witness has their breathing and heart rate measured and if these increase when they see their partner in discomfort, they are deemed to be a sufficiently sympathetic partner.
Is it love The physical attraction test measures pulse and breathing when a couple embraces
Finally, the magazine says physical attraction is the most important factor in any marriage and this is ascertained by measuring the couple's pulse and breathing when they embrace. If both heart rates increase when they hug or kiss, this is 'scientific evidence' of attraction.
The article says the tests are not only important for establishing a happy relationship but for finding out if a couple should have children together.
It states: 'We take extreme care in breeding horses, dogs and cats, but when we come to ourselves we are extremely careless and do not use our heads, nor the means that science puts in our hands for scientific breeding.'
Finding the perfect couple: In the sympathy test, the woman watches her partner giving blood and her reaction is measured to see if she's sympathetic enough