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QOTD- Can You Smell That Smell?


Fact: The smell of cooking broccoli or cauliflower is often enough to send me into a rage. I think there might be something wrong with me.

Well, obviously. But I mean something above and beyond the strange urge that drives me to put thoughts best kept tucked away inside my head on a page for everyone to judge. I think I’m more affected by odors than the average person. For me, smells don’t just conjure up memories or let me know when I’ve burned all the hair off the back of my arm while barbecuing. They bring up immediate emotional responses. A pleasant scent on the air will actually improve my mood.

Though, to be honest, that one doesn’t happen nearly as often as an unpleasant scent coming along and settling in around me, saturating my clothes and whispering odoriferously in my ear that my day is ruined. Of course, the negative skew to the numbers could just be the result of my own ‘glass-half-empty’ mentality. I haven’t accounted for all the variables yet. But it still makes me wonder if I might be a mutant of some kind.

Supertasters are a real thing. Scientists say that as many as 25% of the population have more taste buds and experience flavor in an extreme way that actually leads most of them to avoid overly spicy or sweet foods. Since taste and smell are so interconnected, perhaps supersmellers are a real thing too? And if supersmellers are a real thing, and you take a person without the mental maturity to deal with emotions as they arise and give this ability to them, maybe you get me?

I’m not sure. All I know is this: If you really want to ruin a meal for me, cook up some tree-like veggies in a closed kitchen until the whole house smells like a garbage barge and then get all upset when I don’t want to eat.

Like Lynyrd Skynyrd before me, I can smell that smell. And it makes me mad.

What smell do you hate?


About Doran Simmons

I'm a writer and a camper and a keeper of fish. I was trained as a flight instructor and work day jobs and write nonsense for public consumption (hopefully).

29 comments on “QOTD- Can You Smell That Smell?

  1. Matthew Gabler
    January 27, 2014

    The smell I hate is the smell of cooking vegetables in the kitchen. They stink up the whole house and make me feel like I’m in the middle of chemical warfare.

  2. Joseph Walkley
    January 27, 2014

    I am not a big fan of the smell of cat litter. It sinks up the whole house and forces you to evacuate the house to get away from it.

  3. colbey
    January 27, 2014

    When you are cooking popcorn ahnd leave for a couple minutes and forget to take it out before it burns… but hen its too late. You burnt the popcorn and now it smells as if the house was on fire.

  4. Hunter Hanson
    January 28, 2014

    A Smell That Would Just Flat Out Upset Would Have To Be Anything “Poluting” Like Gasoline Or Ciggaret Smoke. I Dont Want To Critisise People Who Smoke, But It Is Bad For People Around You Who Dont.

  5. austin wright
    January 28, 2014

    th worst smell i can think of is when a food burns. it doesnt matter what food it is because it always ends up stinking up the whole house.

  6. Robert
    January 28, 2014

    I hate the smell of peanut brittle, and cigarette smoke. To smell either of those is to lose some of the sensory input in your nose.

  7. Libby Dodson
    January 28, 2014

    A smell that makes me angry is the smell of hickory smoke seasoning. One time my mom told me to try it, and it was the most disgusting thing I have ever smelled or tasted. I could feel it in my face for the rest of the day. I hate it so much.

  8. blake bedlion
    January 28, 2014

    the smell that i cant stand is tuna. It just smells nasty to the max

  9. Sage
    January 28, 2014

    There are very few smells i can’t handle but the biggest one that kills me every time i smell that smell is wet dog!

  10. Stephanie
    January 28, 2014

    I absolutely hate when it smells in the bathrooms. I’m not so bad with any kind of food smells, but some of the smells bathrooms have, I can NOT stand. If it smells in a bathroom, I’d rather wait and go later.

  11. Jaxon Skeen
    January 28, 2014

    Mine isn’t as much a smell I hate as much a smell that I hate, in fact it used to be my favorite smell. The smell of the perfume my first love wore all the time, we broke up in a bad way and i smell it out of nowhere for no reason and it brings all the bad emotion from her back. It kills any chance i had at a good day.

  12. mate kochlavashvili
    January 28, 2014

    the smell that i hate the most is the cigarette smell

  13. Miriam Martin
    January 28, 2014

    The smell that i cant NOT stand, is the smell of cigarette. Every time i pass by someone or something that smell like that i get so light headed and so sick.

  14. Elina Nikiforets
    January 28, 2014

    The worst smell that I cant stand is when I open up a bag of potao chips, the smell is nasty.

  15. DJ
    January 28, 2014

    I loath the smell of vinegar. I cannot stand it, it makes my eyes water.

  16. Kentrel
    January 28, 2014

    I hate the smell of my younger brothers. I love them, just hate they’re smell. Like how the heck do you take a 45 minute shower and still smell like crap?! Honestly.

  17. Daniel Laub
    January 28, 2014

    After being in a old car for three hours, getting out for a snack or something, and then having to go back in,it’s like being punch in the face with the stench of sweat, burger king and a fart.

  18. Tupre
    January 28, 2014

    The smell i hate the most is the smell of vinegar.

  19. haley hanks
    January 28, 2014

    i hate the smell of my brothers room. it smells like dirty socks and moldy food. Their room looks like a 2 giant pigs would live there. Every time i walk in i have a mask and a full body armor on.

  20. Nicklas Martinson
    January 28, 2014

    i really would rather not not smell other peoples calogne or purfume. im sorry but you can smell nice but its kind of smelling up the entire room and i dont want to smell like fresh rasberrys sorry.

  21. Tabatha Cameron
    January 28, 2014

    I hate the smell of dogs. I have a hairless dog and we have to give her a bath like everyday because she sweats so much. She gets really nervous, and that’s what makes her sweat and smell so much.

    Period 3

  22. Danti Inos
    January 28, 2014

    the smell of the guys locker room is i think the worst. maybe guys are not suppose to be complaining about things like that but i think its too hard to ignore and they should propably do something about it.

  23. Joseph Park
    January 28, 2014

    I hate the smell of mushrooms. My dad would cook mushrooms in the house and leaves a strong smell. Just smelling it hurts my nose and makes me faint.

  24. Damaris Leyva
    January 28, 2014

    I absolutly hate the smell of oranges because they make my eyes puff up and water and my nose gets all itchy.

  25. Artima Tantasukitwanich
    January 28, 2014

    The smell I hate is the smell of the cigarette. When I pass someone who smoke cigarette, it makes me headache. Also, I hate the smell of mustard.

  26. Hunter
    January 28, 2014

    When it comes to smells I’m fairly tolerable to all things, having lived with a ferret in my bed room for several years. I’ve even gotten used to the smell of smoke at this point. But one thing that I have never gotten used to was the smell of perfume. Some people just layer it on without thinking, and it gives me a headache.

  27. Hailey Buehler
    January 28, 2014

    The smell I can not stand is the smell of sea food. It just smells awful to me! I can not stand it. For that reason, I have a hard time eating sea food. I do not care for it as much because of the smell.

  28. erick period 4
    January 28, 2014

    The smell of garlic is the worst smell in this world.smelling it ruins my makes my day worst because i will still have the scent in my nose even though im not even close to it.perfume will not do anything to the smell.It will make a strong mix with it.

  29. Angel
    January 28, 2014

    I think the smell that is the worst for me is vinegar. If it gets on you it takes forever to get off.

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