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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #25 on: 03/03/2004 20:40:27 »
Cats eat grass too, in fact, you can purchase specific grass plants from pet shops especially for that purpose.

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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #26 on: 03/03/2004 20:52:00 »
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I seem to recall that dogs eat grass for a similar reason to the pica thing. Anyone know why exactly? We got a little puppy the other day and he seems to like  the grass, mind you i wasn't sure if he was eating it or just yanking on it cos he likes chewing on stuff. And he's SOO CUTE!!!!

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I think it helps their digestion because of the juice they chew out of it and the bulk they get from the grass.  My cat uses it to keep his hairballs intact when he horks them up (usually on the papers on my desk if they are important or on the furniture).
 

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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #27 on: 07/03/2004 15:41:26 »
Oh donnah I know how you feel, I used to have a cat with really long hair that shed throughout the year, even if we brushed it once a day it still managed to lick down enough loose hair to get furballs ... then always coughed them up on papers that were important ... don't know how he figured out they were important, but he seemed to know.

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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #28 on: 22/03/2004 04:37:36 »
What about the smell of Durian?
Some one like but the other don't.
I like some time and not the other.
 

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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #29 on: 24/03/2004 20:48:26 »
Durian?  Is that a mate of yours?
 

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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #30 on: 19/04/2004 12:49:39 »
The #1 favorite:

The smell of post-menopausal old women. I once went into a hairdressers and there was nothing but smelly old women. Aggh! Toxic.

#2) Sulphur to most people. I can get used to it though, maybe I'm wierd :p

#3) tampons. Never work as a toilet attendant!

There has been surveys on this. I spoke to a guy who runs a Perfumery course here in Plymouth,UK. He only told me the most popular smells; Licorice for men is all I remember. You might be able to find mre info, if you can report back won't you? also, check newbielink:http://www.server2.love-scent.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php [nonactive] for less scientific discussion
 

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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #31 on: 19/04/2004 13:14:42 »
The smell of a garden after a thunderstorm...now that's nice....

Jago...are you sure it's the post-menopausal old women ?.....I mean I'm sure they have an odour of their own making but perhaps it was just all the hairdressers chemicals etc...!!..I agree about the sulphur.....but even as a toilet attendant I have to ask how you managed to come within close proximity to tampons (AHH...I've just shown a predisposed bias !!..I'm assuming you're a bloke )..still, I'm sure being a toliet attendant must look good on your CV eh ?

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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #32 on: 19/04/2004 16:53:11 »
Apparently the smell of a Durian is well bad to Westerners, though I have heard that to some Asian gourmets it is a delicacy, not just for it's custard like raspberry falvoured insides but also for it's aroma....YUK !!...wouldn't want to try a Durian Crumble !!!
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What about the smell of Durian?
Some one like but the other don't.
I like some time and not the other.



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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #33 on: 18/05/2004 01:11:01 »
One of the above folks mentioned "getting used to a smell".  That is quite true and unfortuantely one that leads to deadly results.  Hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs or swanp gas) is more poisonous than cyanide used in executions.  It can be sensed at under 1 part per million, but the nose becomes desensitized at 10 ppm, and thereafter becomes more deadly.  If you are in a closed space and you smell the stuff, then don't..... get the hell out!  You are half way to dead.
 

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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #34 on: 18/05/2004 02:32:47 »
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Originally posted by neilep

Apparently the smell of a Durian is well bad to Westerners, though I have heard that to some Asian gourmets it is a delicacy, not just for it's custard like raspberry falvoured insides but also for it's aroma....YUK !!...wouldn't want to try a Durian Crumble !!!
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Originally posted by RNA

What about the smell of Durian?
Some one like but the other don't.
I like some time and not the other.



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I've just returned from a business trip to Thailand. When one of the girls in our office asked me if I wanted to try some durian, I remembered the name from this thread!! I jumped at the chance to try it, and would now eat it anytime, anywhere. Yum. Durian crumble, please Neil. The smell of the fruit when fresh is similar to ripe mango, but permeated the entire floor of the office. With me, when it comes to food, if it doesn't kill you I'll try it. If you eat a large quantity of durian, it leaves a hot taste similar to chilli in your mouth and can cause indigestion. To offset this, we also ate mangostene. Also yummy.
Speaking of Thai food, I had some of the best food I have ever eaten. It is far superior to any of the local Thai restaurants around here and there is a lot of Thai restaurants around Sydney.
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« Reply #35 on: 18/05/2004 12:02:51 »
Well, I'd love to give it a try !!..I'll try anything once....I was only reporting on what I've heard....have not had the luxury of a taster myself. Hmmm..I wonder if my local pizza place do Durian Pizza ?

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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #36 on: 17/06/2004 06:48:30 »
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Durian?  Is that a mate of yours?



mmm...durians...[:I]love them. durian is a fruit with a particularly strong and rich odour. its quite popular in asia, but in other parts of the world, people avoid it, as they are not used to the pungent odour of the fruit. my dog, who's really weird, totally adores durian. :D that's one weird dog alright. but the vet said that she can't eat it as it is high in protein and cholestrol (to a dog), and will cause her to have cataracts. i heard from some people that eating too much durian will give you a high blood pressure. but i'm not really sure about this. i still love eating it though the downside is that after eating it, your breath will stink, and no amount of mint flavoured chewing gum , toothpaste will take it away. it'll go away the next day though.

still, you should try out durian! it's really nice. :)
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« Reply #37 on: 17/06/2004 12:14:15 »
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quote:
Originally posted by MissMontana

Durian?  Is that a mate of yours?



mmm...durians...[:I]love them. durian is a fruit with a particularly strong and rich odour. its quite popular in asia, but in other parts of the world, people avoid it, as they are not used to the pungent odour of the fruit. my dog, who's really weird, totally adores durian. :D that's one weird dog alright. but the vet said that she can't eat it as it is high in protein and cholestrol (to a dog), and will cause her to have cataracts. i heard from some people that eating too much durian will give you a high blood pressure. but i'm not really sure about this. i still love eating it though the downside is that after eating it, your breath will stink, and no amount of mint flavoured chewing gum , toothpaste will take it away. it'll go away the next day though.

still, you should try out durian! it's really nice. :)



I think between your love for Durian and your soft toy....it's clear to me that you should try for a career as a professional smeller !!..they do exist in the perfume and food industry...I bet you'd be brilliant at it

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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #38 on: 30/08/2004 04:24:57 »
What exactly is a smell? I'm confusing myself just by asking this.  Is it like the reaction between to particles or something? The temperature its at corresponding to the temperature around it?  Stupid question I know.

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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #39 on: 01/09/2004 08:26:50 »
The sensation of smell comes when molecules of a particular shape bind with receptors in the nose (similar to how taste works) which stimulate the olfactory nerves, which indicates to your brain that you smell something.  Different combinations of receptors create different smells.  Things that are odorless either do not fit the receptors or fail to bind with them properly.  Strong smells are either more concentrated (binding more receptors) or have a stronger affinity for the receptors. (causing a greater level of nerve stimulation)



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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #40 on: 06/09/2004 19:07:31 »
there simply has to be a fundamental basic biological instinct that tells the body which is a bad smell and which is not eh ?...I know there will always be the odd exception to the rule but brainy must know before hand whether a smell is gross or good eh ?...how does it know ?.......I also heard once, (think I wrote it here once before)...that smell has more of an impact on taste than the taste buds on your tongue do...which might explain why some people pinch their noses when having horrible yucky medicine.

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« Reply #41 on: 09/09/2004 18:32:12 »
From an evolutionary standpoint, most things that are poisonous or non-nutritious have a very pungent aroma and/or an extremely bitter, nasty taste.  The humans that perceive these tastes and smells as unpleasant went on to pass this trait on to their young while the ones who did not died horrible agonizing deaths.  So in a nutshell, it's genetic, though some cultural and environmental factors play into it.  Children have many more tastebuds than adults, presumably because of their propensity for putting things in their little mouths.  The extra taste buds make unpleasant flavors many times worse, as their little bodies can handle much less of a done of poison than we big folk can.  

Coincidentally, this is also why kids hate slightly bitter foods like Brussel's sprouts, broccoli, onions, and the like.  It's not that they're being a pain (usually) it's that these things genuinely taste gross to them.

As for smell and taste being linked, yes that is indeed true.  I'm not sure why, from a physiological standpoint.  Ask me after I finish this semester of physiology.  =)  



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Re: Why things smell bad...?
« Reply #42 on: 09/09/2004 20:44:53 »
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Children have many more tastebuds than adults


when do the extra tastebuds disappear?  it is said that introducing children to many foods early on prevents fussiness in later years, but does this mean that the extra tastebuds are destroyed in some way?
 

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« Reply #43 on: 10/09/2004 00:22:41 »
Just after birth, a baby's hearing, taste and sight are at their peak. While a baby's brain may not know how to process all this information, their senses will never be better. From this time, all these senses start to deteriorate.
 

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« Reply #44 on: 11/09/2004 03:38:36 »
Introducing children to many foods early on simply helps them develop a taste for the foods that may taste bitter to them.  Most people give their infants and toddlers very bland food so when the time comes to eat with mommy and daddy, mommy and daddy's food isn't so appealing.  It's instinctual, as a primitive survival trait, to be repulsed by bitterness or strange flavors in food.  Instinct can be overcome with conditioning....this is all developing a "taste" for a new food is...conditioning.

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