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What is your favorite smell?

Asked at Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa on June 25, 2009

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sgtwolverine 8 years ago

The smell of success.

Or, you know, a good pizza or something.

RoeDapple 8 years ago

Fresh roadkill skunk on a hot summer day.................

tunahelper 8 years ago

hot, sweaty, steamy, sexy, you know what!

Chris Ogle 8 years ago

I smell what you are steppin in.

classclown 8 years ago

Hard to say as it's very subjective. For example If someone farts on an elevator that I'm in, then the next pleasant smell I come across upon exiting would be my new favorite smell.

zettapixel 8 years ago

The smell of a good South Texas BBQ. Fajitas, ribs, sausage, and mollejas!

Linda Aikins 8 years ago

Yes Prospector. Boot Hill smells like a never-ending cattle drive.

This could be a very interesting thread...

canyon_wren 8 years ago

Freshly-cut grass, alfalfa in bloom, peonies, sweet peas and mockorange, bacon frying, good coffee first thing in the the morning when you're camping--an endless list!

beatrice 8 years ago

Freshly popped popcorn, and I ain't talkin' microwaved.

Least favorite is possibly a more interesting question, to which I would have to say The Metro in Paris in August. What is up with the French and their disdain for deodorant anyway? If you've never had the good fortune of visiting Paris, imagine finding yourself in the middle of a summer-time Anarchists parade ... then throw in bleu-cheese and old shoes.

Kat Christian 8 years ago

The morning dew in the mountains or from the ocean.

passionatelibra 8 years ago

Birch Lake at 3 in the morning on a summer day The first time I opened my front door after a heavy snowfall My Dad's first BBQ of the year The earth after a good rain/storm Lavender

jaywalker 8 years ago

Lavender Honeysuckle in the spring Steaks or burgers on the grill Mountain air A woman's skin

(In no specific order)

And for the old school posters - freshly mimeographed paper

dajudge 8 years ago

Ahhh, the smell of money!

To which my friend turned and replied "No, that's the smell of a pork burrito I had for lunch."

gogoplata 8 years ago

Zippo lighter.
I also like the smell of a cigarette when it is first lit.

classclown 8 years ago

How does one remove their blogs?

MadeInKS 8 years ago

Lavender (of course!) Sandalwood Peonies Nutmeg Ginger Baby powder Pine trees

MarchSadness 8 years ago

Fresh cat droppings in my litter box....YUMMY!

canyon_wren 8 years ago

You're so right, autie! Smells and certain songs can really trigger memories and it's nice that it is something "beyond our control"--it just happens to us. Of course, sometimes we can induce it--like the time I went through the toiletries section of a discount store and opened a few jars or bottles--like Noxema and Clearasil (teenage memories), Mennen's aftershave (my dad), Jergen's lotion (6th grade in Santa Rosa, CA), etc., to get a few whiffs and go back in time. It probably wasn't a good idea, as far as protecting the safety of the products was concerned, but it was really a nostalgia trip.

And, having moved 40+ times while growing up and 30 times during a 31-year marriage, I can really pinpoint when certain songs were popular just by the association with a specific place.

BTW--I hope Alzheimer's victims are at least able to conjure up some good old memories even if they can't remember what's gone on lately, as I will really be prepared.

Linda Aikins 8 years ago

So right about smells and memories. I can smell something rose-scented and am immediately put back in my grandma's bathroom. I now keep a rose sachet in my sitting room so when granddaughter comes to stay, she will smell the same thing.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years ago

Roses, a new book, fresh baked bread.

somedude20 8 years ago

Spinal Tap's glove? I think I might like how Megan Fox smells but her movies STINK!

Dateable_Shelter_Dude 8 years ago

I thought of one. How about napalm in the morning. It smells like victory. How does a mime making a graph make it smell? Getting your cat it's own litterbox would be the right thing to do dude. Cat's don't like to share no matter how you get your kicks. I thought a sachet was a way walking. You ladies are confusing. No wonder men sit in bars with other men.

Someone else mowing. Coffee section at the grocery store. Evinrude on Taneycomo. Evinrude Anywhere. Sounds good too. Heck, I'm not picky just put me in a lake and pour a little gas somewhere. Fresh cut lumber. Mom's Sunbeam Mixer-One of a kind smell you remember Freshly washed partner. Fresh out of the lake partner. Partner- heck, they all smell pretty good. Car (only) exhaust on a bitter cold school morning Puppy breath before they ever eat dog food Vaporub Old time no ac large open door and windows farm produce markets. Where you smell the produce, the dirt, sweaty men working, sweaty ladies in dresses with big baskets and brown paper bags. No parking lot farmer's market will ever match that wonderful experience. KS Ravine in summer. Where the air is somewhat still so the smells of the hot vegetation accumulates around each plant as you walk by, smells you never noticed it has. You can even smell warm warmer and warmest as you go into more or less shade then the smells of watery areas, smells that waft up as you tramp down last years dead growth and snap stems. Punks.

kmat 8 years ago

Palmolive dish soap.

Monday at my parents house I was doing dishes and my mom had a bottle of it. My grandma always used Palmolive and the smell of it took me back to being a little kid staying with my grandparents. I miss them a lot and it's amazing how that simple smell took me back to them.

Linda Aikins 8 years ago

Cats do indeed stink when in from the rain.

Dateable_Shelter_Dude 8 years ago

Most cats don't leik getting wet either. Men should stop doing weird things to cats. Juggling is okay. Cats are tumbly in about everything they do anyway.

killjoy 8 years ago

The absorbent material used by the janitor combined with the vomit. Oh yeah, that evokes pleasant memories.

countrygirl 8 years ago

Chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven. Now I'm hungry!

Leslie Swearingen 8 years ago

Tomatoes in the garden. Oh, a newborn baby, definitely. My blogs have nothing to do with favorite scents, but since some of you seem to have me on their mind. My blogs are mine to do whatever I want. If you like them, that's nice, if you don't I can live with that. Never lost a minutes sleeping worrying about what other people think. "The best revenge is being happy." Bet you don't know where they quote is from.

canyon_wren 8 years ago

Dude--you listed so many good ones--especially punk. Like Jonas, I like the smell of fresh tar and gasoline, too--just a whiff--and also the smell of a freshly lit cigarette, as mentioned by another poster. Then there's the smell of a wienie when it has just turned good and brown over a campfire. And kerosene reminds me of my grandma's shed, and Lifebuoy soap. Douglas fir Christmas trees (pinyon pines we cut out here in Utah just don't smell the same). Sickening smells include the Blue Waltz perfume we used to give our mothers for Christmas--bought at Kress' or Woolworth's. (You can still buy Lifebuoy and Blue Waltz--if a person wanted to--from Vermont Country Store's catalog.)

kmat 8 years ago

Prospector - cat yodeling rocks!!!

schula 8 years ago

Freshly mowed grass Burning leaves Irish Spring soap (reminds me of my grandpa) Chocolate chip cookies baking A sweaty man Vanilla scented candles Lilacs Peonies Roses A man wearing Stetson cologne Bread baking

jaywalker 8 years ago

Fresh rain on warm pavement Tar (good one, jonas! reminds me of playin' football)

Ooo. Ooo. That smell.

BMI 8 years ago

The women say they like my Aqua Velva and Brute. I like it because it's so cheap and I can get it at swap meets. Hey, while I've got you guys. How do you get women to go out on second dates? I get first dates on line all the time, we have a great time. But they barely touch their food, always want to leave the restaurant quickly and go for a walk outside, they get tired, want to skip the movie and go home alone often preferring to take a cab instead of me driving. Is this typical?

BigPrune 8 years ago

The faint hint of a Chipotle Burrito building stronger and stronger. Ahhh.

somedude20 8 years ago

My finger!!! Also like the smell of fine herb

Mixolydian 8 years ago

Cascade hops.

When I was a kid I loved the smell of comet cleaner. I thought, It smells good, it must taste good....uhhhhhhh...not so much.

Chris Golledge 8 years ago

Ponderosa pine bark on a warm summer morning.

passionatelibra 8 years ago

BMI - Here's some dating advice by Foamy (thank you for sending me this my friend!!).

Foamy for President!

DISCLAIMER: Strong language used. Don't like sailor speak? Don't watch it...

Flap Doodle 8 years ago

A blueberry muffin right out of the oven!

Ceallach 8 years ago

A freshly bathed baby gets my vote.

Walking into Great Harvest bakery, YUM.

GreenEyedBlues 8 years ago

A crisp, inky strap of $1 bills straight from the Fed.

Marcy McGuffie 8 years ago

Smell can definitely bring back vibrant memories. I was thinking that earlier this week, when I went shopping and could smell the tar of a parking lot. It reminds me of being a kid and going to Worlds of Fun. It's not a smell I'm really fond of, but it brings back fun memories.

Good smells: gasoline rubber cement coffee new babies freshly mowed grass brownies baking

Susan Lee 8 years ago

My 3 year old grandson's suntan lotion....or as he corrects me "it's sunscreen, GiGi".

Very reminiscent of Coppertone....which is the smell of every summer of my life.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years ago

Favorite smell? Hard to say, given the present ambience. But my least favorite smell... well... it makes a sound like "clique, clique, clique."

blindrabbit 8 years ago

BMI why waste Aqua Velva on the skin; the swabs in the Navy loved this stuff at sea or while on restriction. The hangovers are a little tough though!

Deja Coffin 8 years ago

I can't narrow down my all-time favorite smell....but I can definitely tell you my least favorite smell!!

Leslie Swearingen 8 years ago

"The best revenge is being happy", is from Sammy Davis, Jr. on being asked what he thought of people who were very critical of him.

jaywalker 8 years ago

"My blogs are mine to do whatever I want. If you like them, that's nice, if you don't I can live with that. Never lost a minutes sleeping worrying about what other people think."

Sorry, Irish, but noone's gonna actually believe that you don't care what they think when you repeatedly post that you don't care what they think. Particularly when you do so on random strings, unsolicited.

kristenkim 8 years ago

Favorite floral scent: gardenia.

Favorite overall: a newly-published book. Love the smell of fresh ink!

Dayle Hodges 8 years ago

There are so many to choose from, but I think I will go with Jergen's Lotion original scent. I think today they call it "cherry almond". It smells like my Great Grandma Hila used to. As a child I remember it in a clear tear drop shaped glass bottle with a black screw on cap.

acg 8 years ago

New babies. Fresh cut lawn. Really good green bud. Oh, yeah, and what The Rock is cookin'. :)

Stuart Evans 7 years, 12 months ago

you know that smell that happens about 3 hours after several really awesome pickled eggs... it's so disgusting and putrid but you can't help but love it.

Aguilar 7 years, 12 months ago

It does get any better than the initial poof of air that rushes to the nostrils from a just opened bag of pork rinds.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 7 years, 12 months ago

Marion says… "The scent of a woman."

[ tangedit: ] "The scent of an unscented woman."

kansasmutt 7 years, 11 months ago

Republcans running scared, Yummmmyyyyyyyy. Smells like victory, aaaawwwwwwwhhhhhhh

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