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I Smell Things That Aren't There

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    Scent Memories?

    This didn't used to happen, but suddenly I smell things that aren't there...like I am remembering them, but I'm not thinking of them. 90% of the time, it is a particular scent that I associate with a memory, like my grandmother's house, or the smell of park near my old school...
    candyholic00 candyholic00 18-21 Sep 9, 2013

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    As Random As It Gets

    I very occasionally register the scent of something that's not there. Most of the time it's fleeting and obviously an olfactory halucination, like the one I had just now of a fresh but delicate perfume. It was gone so fast. I wish there was a way of recording scents...
    lipbloss lipbloss 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 14, 2011

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    I Smell Blood On My Hands

    For a while now i some times smell blood on my hands, i don't see the blood but i can smell it and no matter how much i wash my hands or spray strong perfumes on them i can still smell it, the smell can last anywhere from hours to days. When i smell the blood i get this...
    CrackedNut CrackedNut 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 12, 2010

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    Does Anyone Else Get This?

    Recently I've been having two similar consecutive phantom smells in the same place. It's happened twice and as soon as I recognize the pattern and expect a third smell, there is nothing.I smelled two different burning smells in the same spot on my walking route. One was...
    chrysalid chrysalid 18-21, F Nov 4, 2011

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    Smell Things That Aren't There

    From time to time when I least expect it I smell fried chicken when there is none around. I always associate it with my mother because she made the best fried chicken there ever was. A psychic said it was a visit from my mother. I'd like to believe that but have some...
    puggle1 puggle1 66-70, F 1 Response Apr 8, 2012

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    Weird

    Sometimes I'll suddenly smell things that conjure all different kinds of childhood memories... My sisters and I used to walk to a pet store that was a couple blocks away from our house. We always stopped to buy little things from the candy/trinket machines at the entrance...
    paperalias paperalias 22-25, F Nov 29, 2007

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    Has Anyone Experienced This?

    I have been diagnosed a little over a year ago with bipolar disorder. I experience this wierd heightened sense of smell and smell things that other people can't smell. I know this can be a symptom. However my question is a memory of my childhood when I was about 6 or 7 I remember...
    jkitten77 jkitten77 31-35, F Mar 22, 2009

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    I Guess I'll Join The Club

    I didn't used to have this but it started very recently in September. I just suddenly started having olfactory hallucinations every now and then. They usually last a couple of minutes and not much more than that. They are infrequent but unlike most olfactory hallucinations they...
    chrysalid chrysalid 18-21, F Oct 21, 2011

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    Smells Sometimes Randomly Get "stuck".....

    I don't know why but sometimes a smell sticks in my head for a few hours... Like today something smelled kind of like wet dog at work.... now I keep smelling it!!! I took a shower and changed my clothes. :/ It's pretty annoying...
    CCCC8888 CCCC8888 18-21 Feb 17, 2010

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    Strange

    I will usually smell something burning, just for one brief breath of air, then it's gone. And do you know what? It just happened again as I was writing that.   I don't know, it seems to happen in random places at random times. I just smell burning, then it's gone >_>
    Emptysoul30 Emptysoul30 22-25, M 3 Responses Feb 18, 2010

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    I Too

    tend to smell things that aren't there.  Like I'll smell a cologne, even though I'm nowhere near anywhere, where I could smell it. things that are completely out of place.
    meowmeowface meowmeowface 36-40, F 5 Responses Aug 18, 2007

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    Quite Curious

    Since at least late childhood (around the mid- to late Eighties) I've smelled things that aren't there (olfactory hallucinations). The earliest smell I can remember is an odd one--spearmint and gasoline. As strange as that sounds, it's actually a rather soothing scent. This...
    tehuti88 tehuti88 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 16, 2011

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    I'm just wondering if there is anyone that believes in a two sided friendship. Like, I spend my days listening to people vent about what's going on in their life, but when I bring...
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    I couldn't stress this enough 👌 my thoughts exactly. I'm done being there for people when they need me, when they don't give a damn when it comes to me. some people just care...
    LostandFading LostandFading 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 6

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    Through your toughest time you know who your friends are. those that clearly see you have a problem and actually ask you how you are. those that don't get ignored. just how it is...
    ClickCloser ClickCloser 31-35, F Feb 6

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    I wish things weren't soooo expensive so I could buy more clothes, shoes, etc.
    2Kawaii4u 2Kawaii4u 13-15, F Feb 19

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    I could to the remember when this was this price and that was this price type of story. It's all about the times people,accept the reality and look for the bargains in life.I don't...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 41-45, M 1 hr ago

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    Like life for instance... I had hoped to serve a mission, come home, help my dad with addiction recovery and once things got better I planned to join the army... my mission was...
    iamFrightened iamFrightened 18-21, M Feb 16

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    If things werent expensive my pc fund would be done and spent
    johnny437 johnny437 13-15, M Feb 7

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    It sucks thing cost so much money. Boots jackets. Jeans are even costing a lot of money. Food is going up on prices. It's getting crazy. Only if prices can lower down. Homeless...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F Feb 8

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    PlayStation 4. I really want one so I can play Dragon Age Inquitsion. I enter all the sweepstakes for a chance to win a ps4, but with my luck I probably better saving money... Of...
    UnfinishedStar UnfinishedStar 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    Don't we all !!! Would love to buy my own home. Can't see that happening outside of a lottery win!!
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 8

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    Right?! I'm beautiful, I shouldn't have to pay for sh!t!
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 8

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    Even water charges!! I can't take bath everyday i hate that.
    JerryJerryA JerryJerryA 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 13

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    If travel was free you would never see me again -words of someone obviously wise :,D
    Uhilikepizza Uhilikepizza 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    Were all robots in this capitalistic machine
    justhatgurl justhatgurl 16-17, F Feb 8

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    As a degree holder the maximum salary i may have while starting is only $500 and in order to travel from where i live to the rest of the world would cost a minimum of $1700. Wtf...
    Angie1110 Angie1110 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 8

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    The MTA just loves prices hikes so much that they have decided to have one again.
    bemmie bemmie 18-21, F Feb 8

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    yea...like the iphones,ps3 & ps4,dr dre pill,video games...
    RodrigoGalindo730 RodrigoGalindo730 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 9

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    All I buy is food and weed :(
    Thelemicc Thelemicc 18-21, F 8 Responses Feb 10

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    Like education. seriously i wake up waaaaayyyy before my biological clock tells me too, i slave for hours on homework, study for stuff i might not use(yes you geometry, im talkin...
    youngandinexperienced youngandinexperienced 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    omg I ordered chinese the other day and the prices went up at least $2 for every item ugh
    AiymaSnikies AiymaSnikies 22-25, F Feb 13

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    I've been thinking I would like to buy some good manga/anime drawing supplies but I'm afraid of how much it all would add up to... :/
    OrochimaruSama92 OrochimaruSama92 22-25, F Feb 13

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    Breckenridge, CO + snowboarding = broke
    SatuSunshine SatuSunshine 26-30, F Feb 14

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    I WANT MY BEATS BY DRE!!! BUT THEY ARE SO EXPENSIVE!!
    BloodyNight BloodyNight 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 20

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    I always wish to buy space ship :D
    as3adsamy as3adsamy 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    the ps4 cost about $400.00 but it's really expensive
    carlosgalindo1130 carlosgalindo1130 18-21, M 2 days ago

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    okay so this isn't about, like something i see between individuals or anything like that, but it's weird. I see things other people can't. I will see people that aren't there. I...
    HarleyHart HarleyHart 13-15, F Feb 15

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    1 Listening to my children laugh 2 Talking to my son about his views of the world 3 Watching my daughter dance 4 When either of my kids wants a hug and cuddle as most of the time...
    00FlyingHome 00FlyingHome 41-45, F 5 Responses Feb 10

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    I'm kind of glad people can't read my thoughts sometimes. I just find learning about certain things, or doing research on certain things, that "normal" people wouldn't really find...
    LostandFading LostandFading 18-21, F 18 Responses 4 days ago

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    PLEASE DON'T JUDGE ME FOR THIS POST, I AM ASKING FOR ADVICE, IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN IN THIS SITUATION THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN UNDERSTAND IT! I HAVE 2 YOUNG STEP DAUGHTERS AGES 6 AND 8...
    xbeautifulx xbeautifulx 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 13

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    I'm sitting in my room right now listening to my kat. I have been talking gathering up info and stored it where it would be save, so that could get to it and organize it. my...
    awsome2 awsome2 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 18