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I Smell Things That Aren't There

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I know they aren't there, but you'd be surprised how much they are there. They won't leave me alone.
    Wheresmywayout Wheresmywayout 16-17, F 4 days ago

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    I used to hear these weird sounds during the day but usually at night. I would always hear this Ice cream song in the middle of the night (1. Ice Cream trucks haven't been in this...
    WhisperingGrass WhisperingGrass 16-17, F Mar 5

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    I wish things weren't so expensive so I can live happier
    Natanaya Natanaya 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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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 Mar 5

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    If it helps, there's this app that sells cheap jewelry called Aliexpress. I saw this screw earrings for 0.40 cents and these diamond earrings for 2.17 dollars. Also some cheap...
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    Everything costs something's and sadly sometimes prioritizing things are harder said then done.
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    GOALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xD
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    The more I know, the more stupid I feel.
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    I always wish to buy space ship :D
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    the ps4 cost about $400.00 but it's really expensive
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    Why cant Target or Walmart sell boyfriends ?
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    For the sake of education, healthcare and travelling. Oh please.................
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    I live in the DMV area and I hate it! Everything is ridiculously overpriced. Most of the apartments look like half-way houses or prison buildings and they charge you $1000-$2400 to...
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    Bored out of my mind, so here's a list. Likes in no particular order: 1. Animals, especially cute ones like bunnies and turtles and baby pigs, etc. 2. Anything made from potatoes...
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    It's nasty. Makes me feel nauseas and just brings back horrible memories of growing up. My little brother has asthma from second hand smoking. I don't give a damn if you smoke...
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    Hi, I'm Joanna. I'm 26 years old and I live in the USA. I can't have any pets. First of all, I wouldn't be that good of a pet owner. Owning a pet requires a lot of responsibility...
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    My daughter is a junior at college and is an exceptional student with drive and clear goals for the future, which include graduate school, most likely at a university abroad. This...
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    Hey everybody! I'm Troy and I'll tell you 10 things about myself! 1. I make YouTube videos 2. I love music (I have 11,000 songs from very different genres!) 3. I'm really good at...
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    Hey everybody! I'm Troy and I'll tell you 10 things about myself! 1. I make YouTube videos 2. I love music (I have 11,000 songs from very different genres!) 3. I'm really good at...
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    I do things based on whether I should do it. Is me doing that being fair to those that matter, and Is doing those things being fair to me. People who aren't worrying about whether...
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