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BS: What smell jogs your memory?

LilyFestre 02 Sep 05 - 05:52 PM
Amos 02 Sep 05 - 05:12 PM
LilyFestre 02 Sep 05 - 04:58 PM
Crystal 02 Sep 05 - 10:46 AM
Seaking 01 Sep 05 - 07:22 PM
Seaking 01 Sep 05 - 07:18 PM
GUEST,Sandra 01 Sep 05 - 12:06 PM
KateG 01 Sep 05 - 12:05 PM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 01 Sep 05 - 11:13 AM
number 6 21 Aug 05 - 11:49 PM
Joe Offer 21 Aug 05 - 11:47 PM
Peace 21 Aug 05 - 10:08 PM
The Fooles Troupe 21 Aug 05 - 09:03 PM
Scoville 21 Aug 05 - 09:02 PM
GUEST,Peter Woodruff 21 Aug 05 - 07:29 PM
bobad 21 Aug 05 - 07:21 PM
GUEST,Peter Woodruff 21 Aug 05 - 07:14 PM
Janie 21 Aug 05 - 06:23 PM
Jeri 21 Aug 05 - 06:17 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 21 Aug 05 - 05:38 PM
ard mhacha 21 Aug 05 - 04:25 PM
Janie 21 Aug 05 - 04:06 PM
Ebbie 21 Aug 05 - 03:58 PM
Peace 21 Aug 05 - 01:38 AM
rock chick 21 Aug 05 - 12:45 AM
Ebbie 21 Aug 05 - 12:03 AM
KT 20 Aug 05 - 11:48 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 20 Aug 05 - 11:00 PM
GUEST,John Gray in Oz 20 Aug 05 - 10:53 PM
Metchosin 20 Aug 05 - 11:12 AM
JennyO 20 Aug 05 - 08:42 AM
Scoville 19 Aug 05 - 11:14 PM
Mary in Kentucky 19 Aug 05 - 10:35 PM
Catherine Jayne 19 Aug 05 - 07:36 PM
John O'L 19 Aug 05 - 07:05 PM
Cluin 19 Aug 05 - 05:33 PM
Amos 19 Aug 05 - 04:05 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 19 Aug 05 - 03:25 PM
Cluin 19 Aug 05 - 02:56 PM
Mingulay 19 Aug 05 - 02:42 PM
Micca 19 Aug 05 - 01:47 PM
moongoddess 19 Aug 05 - 01:12 PM
number 6 19 Aug 05 - 12:57 PM
Ebbie 19 Aug 05 - 12:51 PM
jeffp 19 Aug 05 - 10:35 AM
GUEST,Fullerton 19 Aug 05 - 10:32 AM
MMario 19 Aug 05 - 10:27 AM
GUEST,Joe_F 19 Aug 05 - 10:19 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: LilyFestre
Date: 02 Sep 05 - 05:52 PM

The smell of a new clarinet/bass clarinet reed makes my teeth just shudder....goosebumps too! YUCK!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Amos
Date: 02 Sep 05 - 05:12 PM

I just remembered another -- the smell of mothballs in cedar chests and storage trunks. An olfactory note from childhood in Connecticut. And another -- there's a crisp cold smell peculiar to new-fallen snow. It is not easy to remember but when you smell it you remember. And the dust of autumn leaves when you kick a big pile of them, or go jumping into them.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: LilyFestre
Date: 02 Sep 05 - 04:58 PM

The combination of Tide and Head & Shoulders remind me of my first boyfriend...

A certain Estee Lauder scent lingers on the stairs of my grandmother's house....it reminds me tremendously of her...oddly, the smell is still there...but she has been gone for over 10 years.

Walking through the hospital, the x-ray department smells bring back happy memories of years spent in the darkroom.

The smell of new linoleum reminds me of my grandfather's "mole-hole"...his basement workshop, so named by my Nana.

The smell of a snowstorm in the air brings back childhool memories of playing outside in the winter until I was soaking wet, pink all over and extremely happy. :)

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Crystal
Date: 02 Sep 05 - 10:46 AM

Woodsmoke outdoors on a spring evening always brings me back to childhood memories of taking part in historical re-creations.

The blue stuff in re-circulating toilets makes me think of folk festivals, especially around November time when I long for some warmth and fun and it's such a long time until christmas and even longer until IVFDF.

The musty smell of blankets and air beds stored in a loft for a year. It sends me right to sleep!


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Seaking
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 07:22 PM

Sorry, that should probably be Kennedy Space Centre...


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From: Seaking
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 07:18 PM

Th smell of fresh garden mint and a certain type of tomato transports me back forty years or so to my grandfather's greenhouse.

Slightly bizarrily (sp ?) a recent walk round my son's chemistry lab at his new school had me right back in the visitor centre at Kennedy Space Station


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: GUEST,Sandra
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 12:06 PM

The smell of Coppertone suntan lotion...one whiff and
I'm young, carefree, and don't care WHAT I look like
in a bathing suit..!


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: KateG
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 12:05 PM

Old fashioned hardware stores with sawdust on the floor and nuts and screws in small wooden boxes and barrels had a perfume all their own. Home Depot and the others of their ilk just don't have that magic aroma.

Low tide on the mud flats -- pungent but full of life.

The yeasty, winey smell of the air on summer days in autumn once the leaves have begun to fall.

The smell of my dog's and cats' fur when they are sleeping, especially around their paws and tummies.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 01 Sep 05 - 11:13 AM

Turkey Shit.

[it reminds me of turkeys].


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: number 6
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 11:49 PM

Elk guts ..... Jeeeeeezuz !!


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 11:47 PM

Ellenpoly's smells bring back a lot of memories to me, too. I remember that same Ambrose Chocolate factory from my college days in Milwaukee, and horse manure and campfires remind me of working at a boys' camp in the Kettle Moraine outside Milwaukee. I also remember the awful smells of the glue factory and of the Patrick Cudahy Bacon packing house on the south side.
But I didn't know what marijuana smelled like until I was 40 - it reminds me of what the lobby smelled like at intermission during Sacramento Symphony concerts.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Peace
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 10:08 PM

Also elk guts.

Attended a MVC--elk and small truck. Blood and guts all over everywhere. Took two washings of my bunker gear to get the odor out. Blood and poop--lots of it. Yes, it took lots of guts to do that. LOL


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 09:03 PM

I'm reminded of that great saw... "who first milked a cow and just WHAT did they thik they were doing?"

"the air-diluted smell of a skunk from pretty far off--is like fresh coffee being made."

Ahhh, now we know how they came up with that idea for the coffee...


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Scoville
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 09:02 PM

I also remember, from school, the smell of pencil shavings from the insides of the wall-mounted sharpeners. Oddly, the taste of whiskey reminds me of that smell now.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: GUEST,Peter Woodruff
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 07:29 PM

I had to wash my hands three times to get the essence of tomato out of my hands today... I could not get rid of that smell. OoOO that smell! The smell of salsa all around you."

Peter


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: bobad
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 07:21 PM

Peter

I can relate to that.

I'm also always amazed at how much of the green (chlorophyl?) washes out of your hands afterwards.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: GUEST,Peter Woodruff
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 07:14 PM

The smell of a tomatoe plant on my fingers after pinching off the suckers and horn worms.

Peter


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Janie
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 06:23 PM

I think Honeysuckle has already been mentioned--heavy on the evening air of a summertime.

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Jeri
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 06:17 PM

I still love the smell of semi-glossy paper some books are printed on, and, like Mets, mimeograph ink. AlsoL plasticene. I haven't smelled it for decades and I can't remember the scent, but I loved it. Especially the green. (Yes, I know and KNEW the green didn't really smell different, but the visual augmented the olifactory.) Micca, you can have the other colors if you like.

I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but there's the crisp and lofty smell of a hemlock forest after a good rain. The 'low tide' smell of salt and seaweed. Ancient books that hid in a dusty attic where late afternoon sunbeams filtered golden through the motes. Dank, concrete floored basement with its cobwebs and permanently shadowed places. There was the smell of my father's tools there, steel and oil, and sawdust.   In the yard, just poking up through the lawn every year were creamy pink peonies that had been planted by my grandmother as had every other flower at the house. She died before I was born, but these plants connected me to her in a way. There are many more smells, I'm sure, but I have to stop sometime.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 05:38 PM

And the air-diluted smell of a skunk from pretty far off--is like fresh coffee being made.

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: ard mhacha
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 04:25 PM

Walking past a farmyard and smelling fresh cow dung, beautiful.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Janie
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 04:06 PM

Have you ever noticed that wet plywood smells like cat pee? In my poor and crazy twenties we used those plywood spools that electrical cable come on for patio tables. Wet plywood or a dirty litter box--either smell takes me back to then;0)

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Ebbie
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 03:58 PM

Oddly enough, Peace, I don't think I ever even smelled garlic until I left home. My mother never used it. I love it now.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Peace
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 01:38 AM

Garlic.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: rock chick
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 12:45 AM

the smell of face powder, a coal fire just lit, marsh mellows cooking over the open fire, the sweet smell of my grandmother hair, all remind me of when i used to sit on her lap as a very young child.....oh just wonderful memories of her.....now i am feeling sad as i miss her terribly. :.o(


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Ebbie
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 12:03 AM

Two things that are absolutely the same as they were when I was a young'un: the smell of a drug store (a pharmacy) and the taste and touch of a toasted marshmallow.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: KT
Date: 20 Aug 05 - 11:48 PM

Micca, I konw exactly what you mean about the old books. Takes me right back to my elementary school library. And what a sweet image of you turning in your library card!

The deep freezer at the grocery store. I stick my nose in there to buy some frozen something and it takes me back to 6 years old, picking out an ice cream treat at the corner store.

Certain new plastics will take me right back to that Christmas morning so long ago, and the new doll that was left under the tree.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 20 Aug 05 - 11:00 PM

Amos----O.K.--You asked for it!

In 1967 Carol and I were living on the coast of Oregon---in a house up top of a cliff overlooking a lovely cove. Quite early on mornings when the tide was going out, we'd descend the bluff and marvel at the whole other alien world that was revealed to us there.

A friend visiting from Chicago decided he wanted to take a starfish from down in the cove back to Illinois. On a minus 2 foot tide, while I was sleeping in one day, he went down and got his starfish.

Now, when a starfish is out of water, it assumes that the tide is out---and that is when it releases it's precious bodily fluids onto the surface it is on at the time---. The incoming tide will mix the substances together to make some new baby starfish.

This fellow decided he wanted to dry out the starfish----so he put it on top of the grate over the oil burning stove that was our source of heat for the house. Nature took it's course, and the fluids dripped down onto the red hot stove where they proceeded to sizzle ans spatter and fizzle and spatter and sizzle some more. The result was a unique and aromatic cloud of steam that rose into the confined atmosphere of our good domicile to impinge upon and otherwise discommode our olfactory recptors. I remember saying to Carol something like, "Now, there's a smell I've not ever smelled before. --- I do believe it's burning starfish sperm, at best! At least, it's scrambled eggs a la starfish!!"

Rest assured it's an aroma that brings back memories that truly run the gamut of human emotions.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: GUEST,John Gray in Oz
Date: 20 Aug 05 - 10:53 PM

My freshly bathed baby boys dusted with talcum powder. Now they're great big lumps of flesh & bone. But now my grandchildren are being born and that beautiful smell is back with me again.

JG / FME


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Metchosin
Date: 20 Aug 05 - 11:12 AM

The first days of school when I was small were a wonderful world of olfactory sensations. Everything new had to be smelled and quite often tasted. The slightly peppermint flavour of white paste, the acrid glue on the backs of stars we got to stick on our notebooks or the smell of a new pink pearl eraser.

The clean fresh smell of new Think and Do books or the overwhelming, heady aroma of mimeographed sheets with purple blue print still damp from the gestettner. And.... the remarkable collective experience of everyone opening their lunches at once, with the pungency of unexpected sandwiches and the almost tropical sweet smell of fruit that had spent 4 or 5 hours in a hot tin box.

All signify hope and new beginnings tinged with anxiety to me.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: JennyO
Date: 20 Aug 05 - 08:42 AM

John, you were talking about memories around Central Station. Do you remember a billboard near the railway somewhere round the area of Redfern or Macdonaltown I think. It was for bread.

"Teagues Bread. What you eat today walks and talks tomorrow."


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Scoville
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 11:14 PM

Balmex--from when we were very small and my brother was still in diapers.

Cold air--when we lived in Pennsylvania & Colorado

That old-car smell (combination of dust, motor oil, vinyl, etc)

Fresh basil--college years when we used to go to our friend's house (he was a good cook and always smelled like food, in a good way) to play music.

And there was an antiseptic ointment we used at the vet's that smelled a little like bergamot. It was one of the few things in a vet's office that smelled good and it was a pretty, pale, ice-blue color.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 10:35 PM

JimmyT, haven't you noticed the smell of Southern pines growing in red (Georgia) clay on a hot summer's day? ;-)

There is lots of Googling to be done using the words smell, memory, brain, olfactory sense, etc.

One link is here.

In a Proustian Memory, an unexpected smell from your past, such as baby powder, or the smell of your first lover, can unleash in you a raging torrent of realistic and graphic memory.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 07:36 PM

The smell of baking...whether it be bread, cakes or scones reminds me of my Grandma's house. She taught me to bake and it reminds me of many happy times with my Grandpa saying quite innocently "remember the currants dear, you don't want one currant wonders do we?!" when we were making scones!


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: John O'L
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 07:05 PM

The smell of yeast always reminds me of the brewery accross the road from (what used to be) Platform 23 at Central Station in Sydney.

I am a young boy standing on that platform waiting for a train with my father. I don't know where we'd been, but we were going home, and the sickly-sweet smell of yeast from the brewery is all-pervasive.

Writing that has now reminded me of the neon sign from a different brewery that could be seen from the train somewhere quite close to Central - A happy smiling face endlessly raising a tankard of beer and saying "Afore ye go..."


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Cluin
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 05:33 PM

That's a lotta friction.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Amos
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 04:05 PM

Art:

How did you ever find out what burning starfish sperm smells like?

Or are you recalling a past lifetime?? :D


A


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 03:25 PM

This is true---and I will not elaborate!!

burning starfish sperm


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Cluin
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 02:56 PM

Memories rekindled by smells IS an often used device in songwriting.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Mingulay
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 02:42 PM

Leather from my years in the shoe trade, bacon cooking on a camp fire, the malty/hoppy smell of a brewery, steam engines, red hot steel in a forge, the smell of a woman's hair. The list is endless and each one evokes memories from 50 years ago to 50 seconds ago.
I do like some of the threads on here, and this is a good one.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Micca
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 01:47 PM

Plasticene…….. strongly of Primary School and can take me back there instantly to Miss Matthews class and all of us filing in to the tune of "the Road to the Isles" played on a harmonium

Apple pie…. Childhood maybe about 6 years old and my Auntie Mays house, also my first visit to New Hampshire, its what Animateras house smelled of when we arrived.

Diesel and lube oil on Hot steel…. A certain tanker I served in years ago, it was the smell in the engine room where we dried our jeans (Levis) next to the boilers, you could wash them when you came off watch and they would be dry ready to go on the next watch

Old books ( like you get in old Second hand bookshops in Hay on Wye and Charing Cross Road) ….. To the Public Library of the town where I grew up My haven from the world and the harsh realities of growing up in a world where you were among the Have-nots. The last thing I did, on the morning of the day, when I left that town to move to London when I was 14 was to give up my Library card.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: moongoddess
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 01:12 PM

The smell of a good cigar brings back memories of my grandfather sitting on the porch swing in his pants, undershirt, and felt slippers, smoking a big old cigar. He would even let me try it once in a while, as we sat there listening to operas and/or polka music.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: number 6
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 12:57 PM

The smell of diesel exhaust reminds me of London.

The smell of Tabasco reminds me of New Orleans.

The smell of Tropicana brings back memories of a bygone summer.

The smell of bacon and eggs reminds me of a Holiday Inn in the midwest U.S.

Six


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Ebbie
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 12:51 PM

Man. These memories - and more, more, more!- should be collected in a book.

"To be born is to fall down the chimney of a strange house." Joe F

More like being stuffed down a too narrow chimney by someone you don't know. The first betrayal.

Unless- maybe we remember the other times we had undergone the experience?


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: jeffp
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 10:35 AM

Burning coal alway takes me back to my grandparents' house in Ohio. For this reason I love blacksmiths.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: GUEST,Fullerton
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 10:32 AM

The smell of wet dogs.

This smell evokes so many happy memories that I actually LIKE the smell of wet dogs.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: MMario
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 10:27 AM

The scent of turkey and stuffing in the oven.

Salt air with just a whiff of rotten fish

Juniper/pine/Evergreen


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 10:19 AM

Vinegar.

Phenol from charred Bakelite.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: To be born is to fall down the chimney of a strange house. :||


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Moses
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 10:12 AM

In the 1950s my father was caretaker of a TA (Territorial Army)centre where we lived on site.

There was a large area of rough grass which he cut with a sythe so he could use the hay as bedding for his chickens and rabbits but sometimes my brother and I would gather the grass into mounds to play in. If it had not had time to dry the grass would begin to "turn". The delicious new-mown-hay smell soon became one of musty fermentation. That smell reminds me of being 7 years old.

Dad, before he got his electric clippers, would spend several hours cutting the tall privet hedges with hand shears. It is a sound rarely heard nowadays, that steady clip clip of a hedge being cut by hand. But I still enjoy the smell of flowering privet on a sunny evening. It takes me straight back to the treasured time of my early childhood before he had his stroke and was unable to do manual work again.


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Subject: RE: BS: What smell jogs your memory?
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 09:53 AM

I'm with those who mentioned horse smells. They bring me back to my days at camp when I taught riding-best days of my life.

Chocolate smells remind me of the apartment I lived in Milwaukee while in college. It was near the Ambrose chocolate factory, and why I'm quite sure I'm addicted to the stuff today.

And on occasion when I get a whiff of some maryjane in a park...lots of memories (and lost brain cells I imagine) from my Hippy Days (Years, really).

Smell of campfire...anytime I've been blessed with sleeping out in the woods.

Yes, smells evoke the best memories for me.


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