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Old 02-02-06, 07:31 PM   #1
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What is it like to smell ... ?

I love flowers, even since I was young, they were so pretty, soft, and delicate , yet for years I really never understood about the smell component of flowers. This week my mom said that the flowers we got me smelled so good, I was sad, I wish I could smell the flowers I ordered some tulips and they are sitting next to my bed.

How do flowers smell? Can you relate it to taste, tactile feel?

I would really like to know someday


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Old 02-02-06, 07:42 PM   #2
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Overrated. I know that's easy to say when you have the sense. But, really, there are a lot more foul-smelling things in this world than good.

Or maybe I'm just in a bad mood.

Tulips: tactile - submerged in a cold spring, but not cold enough to cause discomfort. Clean
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Old 02-02-06, 07:48 PM   #3
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I'm allergic to many flowers, makes me sneeze, so I usually keep my nose out of them.
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Tulips? Very faint smell if any. Now hyacinths!! There's a great smelling flower.
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I've never been a flower person...but the smell of some good chinese food...Mmmm MMMmmm!

Or the smoky sweet smell of some barbecue ribs cooking on a fire...

Flowers....they vary in smell...some are far better than others....I forgot what it's name was..some flower that literally smelled like rancid meat...but then ther are others that smell very nice.

All in all, there is bad to go with the good...I try to not smell the bad stuff
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Interesting, I've always thought that the sense of taste was supported in a large part by the sense of smell. Do you have a diminished sense of taste along with the impeded sense of smell. Just curious.

Oh, this could be a blessing in disguise. One word.... FARTS!
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You can't smell? I've never heard of that.

I've heard many times in my life people saying how great flowers smelled and thought they smelled like a horses rear....so don't believe everything you hear.

That being said....there are a few flowers that I think smell WONDERFUL! Gardenias for example. And my favorite smell in the world is Orange Blossoms.
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Flowers really stink...
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Old 02-03-06, 11:53 AM   #9
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, there are a lot more foul-smelling things in this world than good.
me for example
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I haven't got much to add to the flower conversation, but this does remind me of something from several years ago...

I used to have a co-worker who had no sense of smell. She said she found out when she was a teenager. Some of the guys at work didn't believe her, so they made a few trips to her office and let fly with the air biscuits. She never noticed a thing. So we bought her one of these for her birthday. Then, of course, the same guys had to go and test it out. It was pretty funny. Lucky for them, she was a good sport about it, (she became our boss several months later).
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Old 02-03-06, 01:44 PM   #11
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Flowers really stink...
Some really do. I forced some paperwhite narcissus bulbs a couple of years ago and they were awful. They were in my office at home. I thought that the bad smell was coming from the cat's litter box in the same room and I began to wonder if he had eaten something bad.

I miss being able to grow hyacinths without having to force them. They don't do well this far south. Gardenias are great but I must be allergic to them. I get all stopped up and itchy nosed. Wisteria, though, is wonderful. You can be riding along and, all of a sudden, you catch a whiff and start looking around for it.

Trying to describe a smell to someone without the ability to smell is sort of like trying to describe color to a blind man. Here's something to try. If wild honeysuckle grows where you live, pick a flower. Pinch off the bottom tip of the flower and pull the pistil out through the bottom of the flower. A small drop of nectar will come out. Taste that.

It isn't a strong flavor but it is sweet. That's kind of the way it is with most flowers. The smell is there but it is vague and hard to capture.
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flowers that smell good smell:
...sweet like chocolate tastes
...fresh like cold spring water after a hot ride
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The smell like sneezing to me.
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I can't really smell flowers. Roses have almost no scent to me. I am only able to smell bold smells. Not frilly soft smells.
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Lilacs. Mmmm..

The smell of a golf course snack bar after the front nine is intoxicating.

The smell of a new baseball glove?
The smell of brake pads in a road race cuts right through me.
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Old 02-03-06, 04:06 PM   #16
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I love flowers, even since I was young, they were so pretty, soft, and delicate , yet for years I really never understood about the smell component of flowers. This week my mom said that the flowers we got me smelled so good, I was sad, I wish I could smell the flowers I ordered some tulips and they are sitting next to my bed.

How do flowers smell? Can you relate it to taste, tactile feel?

I would really like to know someday


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someone told me on feb 1st of this week that tulips don't smell. hmm. so you cannot smell them, but your ma can? and you cannot smell them? oh, that is sad. aroma theropy works for me. it puts me in a good mood. i am still crazy, but happy!
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I am on the other end of the spectrum................I love the smell of cold beer being poured into a frosty mug and chicken wings that are dipped in buffalo sauce. Now if you can find a flower that will replicate that, then I will become a gardner!
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You can't smell? I've never heard of that.
I had a friend back in high school whose father fell off a horse and sustained some pretty serious head injuries. Since then, he's never been able to smell or taste anything.
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Old 02-03-06, 05:06 PM   #19
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Thank You for the responses all,

Let me try and explain how my smell/taste relationship works; true for all people actually.

Human taste is really religated to both the nose (smell, flavor) and the tongue (tactile, taste). Eighty or so percent of our "taste" comes from smell, by taste I mean "flavor or food". Therefore, the subilties of food are determined through smell, i.e. a "flavor shot" of vinella vs hazelnut, the flavor of mayonaise vs mustard vs sour cream, etc. The tongue is about 20 percent or so of taste. Many of the times we don't think of the tongue as taste, mainly because the tongue does not provide "flavor" information. The tongue provides sour, sweet, spicy and bitter, along with tactile and heat sensoring. The signals are independent of each other, and the brain matches the two symbols up and makes what we see as the taste of food.

I don't have the luxury of flavor in my food. Studies have been done showing that food does taste different without smell. For amorsia (the lack of smell) persons, the only sensation of taste is through the tongue, basically we have 4 tastes and the differences we percieve are based on combinations of those. In fact, the 20 percent of "flavor" that most people sence is all we have to go on regarding food. Maybe this would explain how I taste food.

Cream based stuff (i.e. milk, sour cream, mayo, creamer, etc) can only be tasted by their sour or sweet content. For example I can not taste the major difference between sour cream and mayo, and both are disgusting, mainly because their component is "sour" and to me it is like eating a sour candy mashed into a slime... yuck! Milk and cream are almost sweet, the fat content in both rival the sour flavor, in many cases milk is like water, but without the bitter taste of water.

Water tastes bitter, but has no flavor.

Sweets (sugers) are very strong tasting, but things that are bitter and sweet (chocolate) are nasty to me, because bitter is way stronger than sweet. Soda and pure suger treats taste the best. I can not distinguish between sodas though, except through their fizzing (so coke tastes like sprite for example). I can not stand aspitine, etc because they taste bitter.

Meats all taste about the same (chicken , pork, etc) my only real clue is through texture and spice.


My main mode of taste is through texture. I like things like nuts because they are tactile (although bland). I can not eat spicy because it overloads my senses. Sour is also bad in strong form, things like altoids are actually quite bland (except for the sour taste.).


Basically I can taste, what I taste is probably vastly different from what a normal person with smell tastes. I don't particulary enjoy many foods tought.

BTW I also have no sensors that tell me that I just ate or am full. When my stomach fills I can not eat any more but 10 minutes later I can eat again. I am usually always hungry and snacking on things. BTW for the best idea of what I taste, try eating with a bad cold, it is almost like that.

Hope this helps,

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AAHHH!!..... The sweet smell of success
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Hey, it's spring now in San diego, the trees are blooming. I really hate that strong semen-like smell of the first days of spring.

man, too bad about your lack of smell. I love to eat. Do you have a terminal illness? I notice you have some green buds on your avatar. just wondering if they were medical related.
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Kallmann's syndrome, not terminal (I hope) but rare (1:30,000) lack of production of sex hormones with lack of smell sensors, related to my intersex condition (XXY) and GID.
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