Reviewed by Michael Smith on February 01, 2016


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NOAH: Ever wonder why sometimes at a backyard party, the person next to you is getting bitten by mosquitoes, but not you?

Leah: Now we'll answer the question Noah. Are some people mosquito magnets?

NOAH: But also ever wonder why sometimes at a party women will make out with the guy next to you, but not you?

Leah: We're not discussing chick magnets, Noah, we're sticking to mosquito magnets.

NOAH: OK, mosquitoes now, chick magnets later.

Leah: Or not. Mosquitoes can smell their dinner from an impressive distance of up to 50 meters. One of the things they're drawn to is carbon dioxide. So if you're a taller or larger person, or a breathing heavy because of physical activity, you're producing more CO2.

NOAH: So that big guy who made out with my date at the party is more likely to get bitten. That's awesome.

Leah: Unfortunately, pregnant women are more prone to bites because they also give off more CO2.

NOAH: That's not awesome.

Leah: And just moving around or wearing colors that contrast the background will draw more mosquitoes to you too. So if it seems like you're the only one getting bitten, it might not be your imagination. You just might be a mosquito magnet.

NOAH: And I guess it's not my imagination that I'm not a chick magnet.

Leah: Nope, that's a quantifiable fact.

NOAH: Well at least mosquitoes like me.

Leah: Always looking for the silver lining, this guy.