Stupid rogue mosquito. It’s almost winter. Go South. Go Hot. Get out!!!
I hate mosquitoes. But they can’t get enough of me. Even when it’s frosty outside, they seek me out, like the one I squashed this morning that somehow made its way into my apartment. ON THE 11TH FLOOR.
It’s not an attraction I encourage, at least not consciously or intentionally.
In fact, there’s a big chance I can’t do much about this attention and that I was cursed before I was even born.
Scientists believe genetics account for 85% of our susceptibility to mosquito bites. Then there’s body chemistry. Certain chemicals found on the surface of my skin have them targeting or smelling or sensing me possibly from as far away as 50 meters. Could be I have high levels of cholesterol or could be that I’m highly efficient at processing cholesterol. Well, which one is it?! Either way, cholesterol is attractive to mosquitoes. As is uric acid. And lactic acid. And carbon dioxide. It’s possible that I’m a heavy breather. But I’m certainly not pregnant and producing higher levels of CO2. And I don’t even sweat that much, which means that I couldn’t possibly be emitting more lactic acid than that sweaty mess that never gets bitten. So WHY HUNT ME?
(Males don’t bite, only females, by the way.)
I’m going to put out my very (pseudo)scientific theory on this subject. Oh, this is fun for me.
Temperament. Let’s say mosquitoes are also attracted to temperament.
The Koreans and Japanese have a whole personality system (and lucrative industry) surrounding blood types—what you’re like, your temperament, compatibility (both romantic and platonic), what’s good for you to eat and drink and what you’re supposed to avoid. Different illnesses and ailments (mental and physical) you might be prone to. Much like zodiac signs, apparently in South Korea and Japan, people might ask what your blood type is. And there are a slew of blood type things to buy.
And there’s even a Machine that dispenses Condoms based on your blood type.
I’m A+ (A is the most common blood type in Japan).
I was considering categorizing positive and negative, advantageous versus disadvantageous traits the way most of the sites have done that I encountered, but I tended to disagree with their system–one website put “perfectionist” in the negative column. Psht.
Anyhow, here’s a list of A+ traits I think those blood sucking creatures are drawn to:
Farmer, conservative, introverted, reserved, patient, punctual, perfectionists, obsessive, stubborn, classic Type A, self-conscious, uptight, considerate, loyal to a fault, secretive, reluctant to share feelings, like to forget reality, hide in own worlds due to romantic quality, stressed, conscientious, deep-rooted strength that helps stay calm in a crisis, shy, withdrawn, seek harmony, very polite, very responsible, very creative, most artistic of all blood types, if there’s a job to be done, prefer to take care of it themselves, don’t hold liquor well, ideal male mate, Type O, will not cheat on partners, best diet: vegetarian.
All pseudoscientific postulating aside: I really do hate mosquitoes. They’re not just annoying. They carry disease. About half the world’s population is at risk for malaria, impacting most the world’s poorest countries, according to the World Health Organization. “In 2010, there were an estimated 660,000 malaria deaths, 90% of which occurred in sub-Saharan Africa, mostly among children under five years old.”
That’s no joke.
I’m hoping Faso Soap is able to get the funding they need from NGOs and others so they can release their “award-winning soap that tackles malaria” by 2015. The sooner the better, please.
For now, I’m happy Fall is here and Winter is coming soon and I don’t have that Four Tet song stuck in my head the way it is during the summer. But I guess it’s summer somewhere. So maybe I’ll close for now with that tune. It’s a good one.
THE END (sort of)
I couldn’t fit the below into the main post–too much information!!!–but I found it interesting. You might, too:
Austrian scientist Karl Landsteiner was widely credited with discovering the three blood types and establishing the ABO blood group system (1909) and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1930 for his work. Czech serologist Jan Janský, by the way, “had independently pioneered the classification of human blood into four groups,but Landsteiner’s independent discovery had been accepted by the scientific world while Janský remained in relative obscurity.”
Scientific Racism, the use of purportedly scientific techniques and hypotheses to support or justify the belief in racism, racial inferiority, or superiority.
Masahiko Nomi, a lawyer with no medical training, wrote several papers in the 1970s that garnered massive success in Japan on the subject of blood types. Check out this People archive from 1985: Fate Is Not in the Stars but in Your Blood, Says Toshitaka Nomi, Masahiko Nomi’s son.
Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo wrote a number of very successful books, including: Live Right 4 Your Type, and Eat Right 4 Your Type, published by Putnam.
I’m not sure what to make of this — I think it’s a mosquito video game?