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50 Weird & Wonderful Facts About Odors and Smells

26Obsession scent

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. - Source

27. 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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28. Consuming asparagus affects the smell of human urine. Only 22% of the human population have the gene to smell it. - Source

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

30. Consuming even 15 milligrams of the chemical element Tellurium can cause your sweat and breath to smell like garlic for up to 8 months. - Source


Binturongs or Bearcats smell likes buttered popcorn. - Source

32. 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. - Source

33. 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. - Source

34. 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. - Source

35. 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.

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

37. Lemurs have "stink fights" where they rub their tail in their scent glands and try to make their opponent smell like them. - Source

38. 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. - Source

39. Grizzly bears have a better sense of smell than a hound dog and can detect food from miles away. - Source

40. Crops release an odor if they are under attack by pests. The odor attracts wasps to come and kill the pest.

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

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

43. The ancient Egyptians invented several forms of early deodorant, including cones made out of scented grease that was worn on top of the head. As the grease melted, it ran in cooling, fragrant trails down the person’s face and body. - Source

44. Cheetos company made a fragrance called Cheeteau in 2014. - Source

45. The American toy manufacturing company Mattel used patchouli oil to produce the smell of the He-Man action figure Stinkor. - Source

46Beatles concerts

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

47. Dogs have bacteria on their paws that make them smell like corn chip, which is commonly referred to as “Frito Feet.” - Source

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

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

50. The U.S. Military uses the stink bomb product named 'Liquid Ass,' in training to prepare troops for the odor of the battlefield. - Source

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