Fragrant Facts: 32 Uncommon Insights Into the World of Smells

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1Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the odor of farts smell good so that farting in public will become socially acceptable. He wanted flatulence to be "as agreeable as perfumes."

2. A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth from up to 7 miles away.

3. You shouldn't use Calvin Klein's "Obsession" scent when you are on a Safari. Cheetahs, Tigers, Jaguars and other wild cats are attracted by it. Scientists use it to count the population of these animals better.

4. The smell of coffee reduces the stress caused by sleep deprivation and damage caused by stress.

5. In 2012, Dunkin Donuts in South Korea started spraying coffee aroma (Flavor Radio) into public buses every time their jingle played. After this marketing campaign, Dunkin' Donuts reported a 16% increase in visitors to stores near bus stops and a 29% increase in their coffee sales

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The coffee company 'Nescafe' added a formulated coffee aroma to the top of their instant coffee jars before sealing them, so that you can get that 'fresh coffee' smell when you open the jar for the first time.

7. Consuming asparagus affects the smell of human urine. Only 22% of the human population have the gene to smell it.

8. The loss of sense of smell predicts death more accurately than a diagnosis of cancer, heart failure or lung disease, the only other common cause of predicting it more accurately being severe liver damage. Losing one's sense of smell strongly predicts death within five years.

9. Disney developed a signature scent for Norway in Epcot. It's called Laila and smells like airy mountains. The perfume is sprayed throughout the day in the pavilion.

10. Petrichor is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. It is a combination of plant oils and the chemical Geosmin. Research has shown that when the raindrops hit the ground, they trap tiny air bubbles, which then shoot upwards creating an aerosol.

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11European Nutella

European Nutella

European Nutella has a stronger chocolatey aroma and is different from American Nutella.

12. Putting dry tea bags in smelly running shoes or gym bags will absorb the unpleasant odor.

13. When people say they can smell a storm coming, they are smelling ozone which is pulled from higher altitudes by the coming storm's downdrafts.

14. Most birds lack a strong sense of smell and mother birds will not abandon their younglings if they are handled by a human.

15. The Beatles concerts were said to smell heavily of urine due to overexcited girls.

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16Oldest perfume factory

Oldest perfume factory

The oldest perfume factory in the world was unearthed in Cyprus in 2004-05. It dated back to the Bronze Age, around 4,000 years ago, and it covered an estimated surface area of over 4,000m², indicating that their perfume manufacturing was on an industrial scale.

17. The Samurais of Japan used to burn incense in their helmets so that their heads would smell sweet if they were ever to be decapitated.

18. The “pool smell” does not come from chlorine, but chloramines, which are created when chlorine reacts with human sweat, oil or urine that enters swimming pools from the bodies of swimmers.

19. Farts smell worse in the shower because our nose works better in high heat and humidity.

20. Denver cops use “smelloscopes” to sniff out cannabis smokers.

21Dead Ants

Dead Ants

Dead ants give off a scent to signal other ants that they need to be carried away. The dead are brought to a designated graveyard in order to avoid bacteria spreading.

22. The smell given off by books can be used to tell the age of the books, and how close the books are to degradation.

23. Binturongs or Bearcats smells like buttered popcorn.

24. The “metallic” smell left on your hands after handling coins isn't the smell of the coin. It is the smell of our own skin.

25. Cilantro haters can't smell the same scent cilantro lovers do, from the herb. Instead, they taste unsaturated aldehydes which are present in it.

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