Re: Identity by smell (was Re:silly walks department)

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Thu Jun 08 2000 - 16:13:14 MDT

>From: James Rogers <>

>On Thu, 08 Jun 2000, Zero Powers wrote:
> >
> > Interesting. So, if you were blindfolded, do you think you could smell
> > difference between a Japanese and a Mexican and tell us which was which?
>I think so, though I am not 100% positive. As I said, this is something
>I've noticed; my aggregate sample size may not be large enough to mean
>anything, although my samples do cover a broad range of ethnic groups. I
>do know of other people who have noticed the same thing though.

Well I know I can smell the differences of the members of my family. And I
have noticed a particular smell emanating from some Asians (only to later
determine it was just "garlic breath") and back when blacks were wearing
their hair in the "Jheri curl" style you could smell that stuff from a mile
away. But other than that, I've never noticed any race-specific smells.
Although I've never done any conscious comparisons -- and I believe I have a
less acute sense of smell than most.


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