I Smell

I have an amazing sense of smell, and this fact has been tested by my Anatomy and Physiology class.  I was the only one who could correctly tell the difference between all of the test scents, including eucalyptus, peppermint, spearmint, and wintergreen.

I can’t taste worth shit without my sense of smell.  My lab group did experiments with odd juice blends (cranberry/grape, cranberry/apple, etc).  They plugged my nose and asked me to tell them what kind of blend it was, and I couldn’t tell at first, but as soon as they unplugged my nose, I knew exactly what I was drinking.

I like strong natural smells (food, trees, armpits, horses and horse shit), but I can’t stand women with strong smelling perfume. Sometimes I will literally walk away to avoid the smell of perfume – even though I work in customer service in the health and beauty section at a grocery store! I don’t even want to talk about the days that I have to reset certain (unnatural smelling) brands of scented candles. I also don’t like the smell of sick people, probably because of my days working in a hospital. If I get stuck next to a person on the metro who smells like the cloying sweetness of sickness and death, I literally start sweating with anxiety.

Another fun fact: Though I have an amazing sense of smell, I was the only one in the IMCU ward of a hospital who could empty a colostomy bag without gagging. To date, there has only been one smell that has made me gag, and that only happened once.

As far as the animal kingdom goes, homo sapiens have pretty crappy senses, but surprisingly our sense of smell isn’t that bad compared to other animals. So, hey, good for us! Go smell something and be rest assured that you are awesome.

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