Four Degrees of Wierd
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Did you know that your brain can remember over 50,000 scents? Especially the bad ones! When I spent 13 months of "vacation time in half of a beautiful ocean-front country in Southeast Asia, I had to change my hygienic routine and my eating habits.
I couldn't brush my teeth with anything flavored, I couldn't shower and use most soaps, I had to quit using deodorant and I had to include a lot more fish in my diet.
Why, because another person cam smell what you have used to clean yourself with and can determine a person's general home by how they smell. My men, instead of calling me "The Old Man", called me the "Boss Nose". When we were moving upwind, I could smell a Vietnamese person and generally tell if he was a villager or a VC. Sometimes I could tell the difference between groups that had women with them or not.
The natural odor of a human body can be disguised, but not if you use anything scented to wash with, or good tasting paste or After Shave/Cologne.
I started taking my filthy uniforms to the laundry in the local village and had them starched. No, I didn't have them starched because I wanted them pressed to impress my colonel when he came out in the boonies, I wanted to have them starched because the local laundry lady used rice starch. When I came down the trail and surprised my interpreter and he said, "I think you be Vietnamese. You smell like rice", I knew that I had a good, neutral scent. When my guys were told this by my interpreter, that laundry lady had so much business she quit working for the Village Chief and hired an assistant.
Being able to smell someone coming proved very helpful more than twice.
Most non-smokers can smell tobacco smoke for a day after it has been put out - outside. If I go into a home where someone is a smoker, I can smell smoke on my cloths the next day.
Women, in general, have more scent glands than do men, and while we all lose our ability to differentiate scents, women usually keep their sense of smell longer than do men - unless they have been a smoker.
Maybe that's why women like to have men smell more like a flower.
The average American consumes 14,820 pounds of meat over their lifetime. I'm not normal, I know I passed 15,000 pounds at least seven years ago.
Did you know that a crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth! Of all the stupid studies that are performed by our government (the latest being a study to determine if cattle are getting skinnier), I'd think a study about how we could grow new teeth to replace the ones cavities and accidents have taken would be much more important. Besides, skinny cattle have lots lower cholesterol!
DYK? A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, but a group of geese in the air is a skein!
I really don't care if they are walking or flying. Wherever they are, they're a mess! When walking in an area frequented by geese, I try to take a little care as to where I walk. If I'm in an area that is under a geese flyway, I try to stay under some sort of protection. Goose poop makes a great mixer for IED's. That has to be an instinctual realization the first time you smell an area populated by geese.