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Smells and Nose Sensitivity
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I, my forumites, have a rather good nose. I can distinguish and smell scents rather clearly when my nose isn't clogged, and even can tell what kind of foods are being used/cooked due to its odor. A sensitive nose, clearly.

Except, not really. I find that odors that most people find offensive, such as sweat and the like, don't bother me at all. There are even some scents that are thought of as gross that I do not mind at all, and perhaps even like a little.

So why, if I can smell things more clearly than other people, do I find them not as offensive, not at all offensive, or even pleasant? Does anyone else feel this way?

Is it kind of similar as to why dogs, which have so much more sensitive noses than ours, aren't offended by odors us humans find offensive?

As a bonus note, the odors I actually find bad are overwhelmingly strong ones like perfumes and colognes that smell like the person wearing them bathed in the offending substance.
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I feel as thought i just read a haiku or something.

My best answer though is that you have the nose of a animal. Think about it a dog as you said has a strong sense of smell right. But dogs don't barf when they come across other dogs "business" out on the street. It's mother Nature's way of saving you from yourself, think about it. If your nose was strong to EVERYTHING then what i might find gross and disturbing just by the smell would cause you to "Insta-barf" lol
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Em0SceneStabr wrote:

I feel as thought i just read a haiku or something.

My best answer though is that you have the nose of a animal. Think about it a dog as you said has a strong sense of smell right. But dogs don't barf when they come across other dogs "business" out on the street. It's mother Nature's way of saving you from yourself, think about it. If your nose was strong to EVERYTHING then what i might find gross and disturbing just by the smell would cause you to "Insta-barf" lol



Dog in scent alone
Human in my guise I am
Disgusted I'm not.

Sorry. I just threw it together in a minute, so it's not good.

Thanks for the reply. Mother Nature.....I suppose she does nice things for me once in a while.
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LIAR, Phersu! We all know you don't have a nose.
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LIAR, Phersu! We all know you don't have a nose.


Now YOU don't have a nose! I took it! *Flushes his nose down the toilet.*
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Phersu wrote:


BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

LIAR, Phersu! We all know you don't have a nose.


Now YOU don't have a nose! I took it! *Flushes his nose down the toilet.*


The shitty, unkempt hair of a teenager, and the face of Voldemort. Do you know what abomination you've just created?
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BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

The shitty, unkempt hair of a teenager, and the face of Voldemort. Do you know what abomination you've just created?


I know. They grow up so fast.
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i can smell freshly cut grass or incoming rain a mile away
Posted 7/30/14 , edited 7/30/14
hmm.. made me curious, do worms have noses?

Instead of a nose, ears, and eyes, earthworms have a nervous system throughout their bodies that controls actions in response to environmental stimuli, such as vibrations, heat, cold, moisture, light, and the presence of other worms. They have no brain, however, so worms do not ponder their lowly lot in life, nor do they plan a strategy for obtaining their next meal or crossing the sidewalk safely.

Posted 7/31/14
I don't mind sweat either--if the person is good looking. I know it's superficial thinking... but if the person is not hot... then I do find the smell of sweat unpleasant.


Now, perfume/cologne, on other hand... I HATE IT when people use cheap ones. Because they smell terrible. This one, no matter how good looking the person is... a cheap smell will give me headaches for about 5 minutes.
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My sense of smell is nothing short of utterly poor-to-mediocre.
Still, more than a few times have I been left gagging by the smell of perfumes (tactically positioned makeup-and-stuff sections at malls were like death traps). It's just a matter of getting used to it, I'd figure.

Now, try forgetting a container full of mashed potatoes in the fridge for a few months. After you open that pandora's box you'll never be shaken by minor stuff again

I swear I could taste the smell for weeks after...
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Posted 7/31/14 , edited 7/31/14
I hate the smells of sweat!
I also hate the smell of fresh meat. It smells nothing like the stuff you buy at a supermarket.
I enjoy the smell of roasted peppers and incense at church.
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Posted 7/31/14
Due to years of secondhand smoke, I have almost no sense of smell. The only smell that bothers me is the smell of cheerios.
Posted 7/31/14 , edited 7/31/14

ThtGy wrote:

Due to years of secondhand smoke, I have almost no sense of smell. The only smell that bothers me is the smell of cheerios.


Cheerios smell like nothing to me.
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Posted 7/31/14
Hmm... Not really... I have a hard time smelling things.

Though my favourite things to smell is cinnamon.
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