smell,

Smells and Tastes
  • Aries: ashes and tears
  • Taurus: crystal water and cherries
  • Gemini: batteries and grass
  • Cancer: seawater and salt
  • Leo: dandelions and gin
  • Virgo: antiseptic and vanilla
  • Libra: strawberries and cream
  • Scorpio: dark chocolate and glass shards
  • Sagittarius: pollen and bike tires
  • Capricorn: suede and gasoline
  • Aquarius: pinot grigio and wet wood
  • Pisces: linens and rain
Humans are weird Australian space orcs, pt. 2

For some time now, I’ve been considering the possibility that humans have some sense that the other intelligent species don’t.

I mean, just look at the species on Earth: insects can see UV, some reptiles can see infrared, some organisms have no sight at all, some can sense magnetism, etc. It’s not impossible that humans have one or more senses that an alien might not.

While this could apply to any number of senses, I’ve always thought it particularly interesting to contemplate the possibility of a species with no sense of smell.

Smell is something that’s so commonplace among a great number of the species of Earth that many of us overlook it, but it is so critical to how we experience the world. It helps us to remember places, people, and events. We use it to determine whether or not something is safe to eat. It helps us detect impending changes in weather. It tells us if there’s a fire or something giving off dangerous vapours nearby.

Now just imagine some alien species with absolutely no olfactory capability whatsoever. They look around at us inhaling very deliberately through these holes in the middle of our faces and reacting with pleasure, disgust, apprehension, confusion, etc. for no apparent reason. Shoving our faces into flowers, discarding food, acting concerned, reminiscing, doing all manner of things for reasons that are totally beyond their perception.

igeestatus  asked:

Do you have a word for the smell of a loved one that lingers after you've been around them so that even when they're gone you can smell it and becomes one of your favorite scents.

Sillage refers to the scent that lingers in the air after something or someone has been there before you and now gone.

It comes from the French word for “wake”, as in the trail left in the sky by an airplane or on the water by a boat.

In perfumery, sillage is defined as the fragrance trail, or the trace of someone’s perfume.

The reason why you think of your great-aunt Margaret every time you smell Chanel No. 5 is probably as much because of the times you detected it in the air when she wasn’t there as when she was.” — April Long, The Fragrance Trail: How to Find Your Perfect Perfume