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    Default Interesting Smells

    this is not new, but my mind is still boggling

    Quote Originally Posted by ISS Science Officer Don Pettit
    The Smell of Space

    The best description I can come up with is metallic; a rather pleasant sweet metallic sensation.

    http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/...ronicles4.html
    & it's time we had a thread about smells

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    always loved the smell of gasoline (or petrol, as you might say), would always go with my dad to the gas station just to hang my head out the car window and get a whiff.

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    Me too.

    I think my parents were a little shocked when I confessed (naively) to my love of glue and petrol odours.

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    moss phlox, smells exactly like ganja. As a kid there was an old peoples home that always stank of chronic, I thought either they were being surscribed it or there was someone growing it in there on the sly. Untill a friend worked out it was coming from a plant growing opposit.

    After quitting (then cutting down) cigarettes, I have realised all the smell experiences I have forgotten/been missing out on, was getting all sorts of nostalgia, definitiely one of the underrated senses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    always loved the smell of gasoline (or petrol, as you might say), would always go with my dad to the gas station just to hang my head out the car window and get a whiff.
    glad i'm not the only one... even better: car exhaust. always liked since i was a kid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhao View Post
    glad i'm not the only one... even better: car exhaust. always liked since i was a kid...
    haaaa! i used to LOVE the smell of car exhaust as a kid. scary...

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    hmmm... driving along in texas (i am a foreigner) i could not place a smell until i said to my wife (excessively stupidly on my part): it's weird but someone is smoking ganja in the car we've just overtaken because i can smell it...

    her response: err... no, you're a cretin, that's the smell of a skunk...

    (large, very electric light bulb, illuminated)

    me, four hours later: so, there's a skunk in the next door garden...

    wife: no... that's the neighbours smoking ganja...

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    Ha, I had no idea 'skunk' (as in weed) was so accurately named.

    Edit: I'd heard of skunks, of course, just didn't know they actually smelled anything like the drug...just assumed it was called that because it has a very pungent smell.

    One I remember from middle school: acrylic plastic being cut on a band saw smells like 'prawn cocktail'-flavour crisps (i.e. nothing at all like actual prawn cocktail).
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    Betraying my upbringing a bit here, but as a kid I always mistook the smell of cooking aubergines/egg plant for frying chips.

    Imagine my disappointment...

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    lol brits don't know why the shit is called skunk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lichen View Post
    Betraying my upbringing a bit here, but as a kid I always mistook the smell of cooking aubergines/egg plant for frying chips.

    Imagine my disappointment...
    i love the word aubergine.
    almost as much as eating it!
    but i didn't like it as a kid either.

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    Finally, a dissensus thread that my dog can enjoy

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    Personally always dug:

    -honeysuckle
    -change in atmospheric pressure (or whatever the fuck it is) before a storm hits
    -wet dirt
    -the oxygen in a forest (usually combined with dirt road)
    -actually quite like the smell of scorched hair/fingernails - but really only in tiny doses, its kinda like civet i s'pose...
    -smell of tobacco (not smoked)
    -pine trees

    I don't like the smell of coffee roasting at all, and I cannot abide the smell of 'lynx' or similar spray-on deoderants. (most deodorants smell hideous actually)

    As far as notes go, I love:
    -cedar
    -leather
    -musk
    -jasmine
    -oak moss
    -licorice/anise
    -narcissus
    -gardenia (also love these too IRL)

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    after it rains, paving stones being dried by the sun

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