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I Lost My Sense of Smell

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    I Can't Smell Sh!t.

    I don't know if I lost my sense of smell, or if I never had one to begin with. Either way, I can't smell a thing. In school, when someone farted in assembly I'd have to pretend I could smell it or people would think it was me. Nowadays when I tell people I can't smell...
    velosapien velosapien 31-35, M 6 Responses Feb 11, 2008

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    Phantom Smells

    Or olfactory hallucinations, whatever you call them, they suck!  I started to read this new book at the library about a woman who started to lose her sense of smell the same way I think I'm losing mine-- caused by an OTC nasal spray product starting with a Z.  This...
    mrmoo1231 mrmoo1231 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 8, 2010

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    Doing Clothes Is Another Issue

    If something, anything, bad happened during this process and my clothes come out smelling nasty, how would I even know? Sometimes I tell myself that I'm going to find the first trustworthy person I can find at work and ask them if I stink, but I always forget to... The problem...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 2 Responses Mar 25, 2011

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    Can Barely Smell Anything

    well over a year ago i almost completely lost my sense of smell. i can still taste food quite well, but I can only smell things if they are REALLY strong. like if i drive past a dead skunk on the road, or if something really strong is pretty much right under my nose. the other...
    valek valek 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 17, 2009

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    Smells Like...nothing

    I lost my sense of smell due to a head injury in Dec 2005.  I could not smell anything for a year and still only smell occasionally.  Very strong odors such as bathrooms are perceptible but not strong at all.  Barely noticeable. 
    ReformedAutomaton ReformedAutomaton 36-40, M 17 Responses Jun 11, 2007

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    As Far As I Know, I Never Had Mine...

    Just one more thing that spiraled me off on a course of being different and not fitting in from the very earliest of ages... ... but I guess if you are going to be missing a sense, this is the one to not have... most people just complain about smells anyway... Unlike with...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 2 Responses Mar 24, 2011

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    Growing Older

    I am now 40 years old. Some time ago, my sense of smell started to fade. I spoke to my doctor about it and he said it was part of growing, such as needing glasses, your hearing starting to decrease etc. I am now at the stage where I can no longer tell you individual smells, but...
    yfronts36 yfronts36 41-45, M Feb 27, 2012

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    Unfortunately for me my humor always comes out at the worst times -_- For instance my friend fell down a flight of stairs injuring her ankle right before a volleyball game a couple...
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    I love the smell of coffee brewing in the morning. I dont drink it too often. I also love to walk down the coffee eisle at the supermarket. The smell from the coffee beans just...
    bubblebobble83 bubblebobble83 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 6

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       Today, our family lost a truly beautiful soul. Uncle John, I loved you more than you could ever know. And i'm gonna miss you so much! But I feel a sense of peace...
    MKM18 MKM18 18-21, F 10 Responses Feb 9

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    I realized this today... I never quite understood why no one liked the smell like I do, the people I know just tells me they despise it. It may be that I grew up around my uncle...
    roamingtree roamingtree 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 23

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    That foggy grey color. The fresh smell to everything. It feels like everything was given a great, natural clean. The flowers smell better. The world smells like a clean slate...
    MackenzieBSnow MackenzieBSnow 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 11

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    Usually when I smell it , it smells like wet asphalt and I like that smell .
    TreDaeOne87 TreDaeOne87 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 17

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    Tears One day here, one day there, one day he's missing and here comes my tears.I saw the signs each and everyday, but I never knew how to help him and in what way.I loved...
    1alwaysdreaming 1alwaysdreaming 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I Love The Smell Of Pine Sol , i Put it in a little spray bottle and spray it in the air or on me , i put it in a face mask , if im in the store and i see it ill open it and smell...
    KishayDior KishayDior 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 6

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    The pleasant smell of air after rain shower. Loving the smell;)
    RedThatDescribesMe RedThatDescribesMe 18-21, F Feb 12

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    At school I started to notice that this girl, who I had the biggest crush ever on, farted very frequently and I realized that her farts really turned me on, so whenever she farted...
    Killerlemon Killerlemon 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 12

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    I absolutely hate the smell of cigarette smoke, which sucks because my boyfriend is a smoker, I hate when he smells like he smothered himself in cigarettes.
    mcgradyyeah mcgradyyeah 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 16

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    The love it when I put on my undershirts and my body warmth elicits the faint smell of bleach. Mmmm. Happiness. I use some when cleaning the floors and when I clean the toilets...
    Satx457 Satx457 41-45, M Feb 20

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    I don't know why but gas smells good to me, haha but don't worry I know it's dangerous to smell it.
    Zoekosmopoulos Zoekosmopoulos 18-21, F 7 Responses Feb 22

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    I love the smell of a candle just when you blow it off...the wick still burning, releasing that smoke that has that waxy smell...idk why it just gets me all the time!
    Bfive Bfive 22-25, M Feb 22

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    I love the smell of coconut shampoo and conditioner. Cucumber smells good to
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I haven't ever smoked and don't plan on it. But they smell and it makes it hard to work. The smell makes your clothes stink.
    planter715 planter715 51-55, M 3 days ago

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    this is the one smell I can't wait for, it snowed last night and I just groaned longing to smell fresh cut grass .... come on spring!
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 2 days ago

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    A blonde, a redhead, and a brunette were all lost in the desert. They found a lamp and rubbed it. A genie popped out and granted them each one wish. The redhead wished to be back...
    timothyc31 timothyc31 41-45, M Feb 7

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    There's a burglar he crashes in this house to rob a safe and on the safe there's a note that says u don't have to break in this safe just press 1 2 3 and the red button. The...
    tatianaxo tatianaxo 13-15, F Feb 7

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    I have always been smart. I never really had to try in school and even though my symptoms began early on, I was always able to compensate for them. Then came 8th grade. I had...
    julesgray julesgray 18-21, F Feb 10

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    I just have no sense of direction anymore where to go and what to do.. honestly drinking is my only escape from this world and it kinda sucks i truly hate it .
    Phonetwist Phonetwist 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 17

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    Six guys were playing poker when Smith loses $500 on a single hand, clutches his chest and drops dead at the table. Showing respect for their fallen comrade, the other five...
    timothyc31 timothyc31 41-45, M Feb 21

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    While living in Denver the weatherman said, expect 10 to 12 inches of snow tonight so park on the right side of the road so we can plow the left side. Willie’s wife ran out and...
    timothyc31 timothyc31 41-45, M Feb 22

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    Sometimes it is best to let your thoughts out and revisit it later. Me, I am trying to figure where I am headed and where I want to be. The last fifteen years of my life has been...
    Fuji78 Fuji78 36-40, M 1 Response Feb 25

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    RIP Leonard Nimoy (Spock) we lost a good one!
    chicagostyle77 chicagostyle77 36-40, F 8 Responses 6 days ago

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    Here I sit nearly 10 years post divorce and no closer to my dear children that I was when my Ex's smear campaign began. I wonder if they will ever be back in my life and what I...
    Dad9407 Dad9407 51-55, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Heyy, I'm posting one of the most horrible and traumatic experiences in my life here because I have literally no one I could tell this story to, so I was hoping some of you guys...
    modd096 modd096 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    If you loose one sense, your other senses are enhanced, is that why people with no sense of humour have an increased sense of self-importance ?
    Heartbroken46 Heartbroken46 41-45, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    I used to. And I miss it. Its pouring down here and I miss that clean fresh smell that comes with this down pour.
    lilmorsie lilmorsie 22-25, M Feb 6

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    The smell is actually called petrichor.
    gish1897 gish1897 13-15, F 4 Responses Feb 7

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