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Sun Feb 16, 2014, 10:59 AM

Sniffing Out the Future

It happened again--I detected an odor in advance of it happening.

I don't know if anyone recalls the story I posted a year or two ago about going to meet my friend to shop. On the way, I detected a smell in my car that I could not place. It was a pleasant smell. I think I thought it kind of "flowery" at the time.

Later on, while shopping with my friend, I bought a dill-scented candle in a little boutique. When I lit it that evening, I placed the scent--it was the one I'd smelled in the car. So I smelled the candle before I bought it.

So today I had another such incident.

I went into my kitchen early this morning. The odor was of something being heated that was not especially pleasant.

I am temporarily using my portable dishwasher as my built-in has an electrical short and I'm waiting for the repairman to come over to fix it.

I put whatever dishes were left on the counter into the dishwasher and rolled the dishwasher to the butler's pantry to wash.

Plugged it in and set the controls.

About 20" later I went in and the dishwasher was on "dry" cycle--way too early for that. It takes about 40" to do a wash in this dishwasher.

I examined the controls and saw that I had mixed them up.

But most interesting of all was the odor. It was of dirty plates being heated in a dishwasher without any water.

That is what I had smelled earlier in the morning.

Now, this little event is not important in the least. It's just little "time slips" like this, though, that make me wonder.




Cher

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Sun Feb 16, 2014, 01:58 PM

1. Interesting story!

A sensitive sense of smell is both blessing and curse.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2014, 12:48 AM

2. That is interesting, Cher.

Olfactory foresight? I don't know what to call it, but it is intriguing.

I have an olfactory ghost in my home. I live in an old, remodeled farmhouse. There are many times that I can smell a meal cooking when I should not be smelling any such thing. The food is always of the type that a farmer's wife would cook, nothing fancy or exotic, just plain and wholesome, made for a hard working farm family.

Since I do not have any neighbors nearby, or any restaurants, I know there is no source for the smells. They are at odd times, too. And they can occur during the winter when everything is shut tightly against the elements.

Keep posting about your olfactory experiences. We don't often hear about such things. I think they must be rare.

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2014, 01:11 AM

3. That is so interesting!

I will think about this tonight.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2014, 10:39 PM

4. I remember that post

I sometimes catch scents of perfume - like roses - that shouldn't be in the air at all. And sometimes I'll catch the faintest whiff of mothball -an odor that reminds me of my Italian grandmother - but it's never connected to something that happens later. Just random weird odors

Your nose is psychic! I wonder if there's some phenomenon that's been named like that.

Worth a google! You should find out what a winning lottery ticket smells like and when you smell that, go buy a Powerball ticket immediately!

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Sat Mar 1, 2014, 09:27 PM

5. Sounds like a case of De Ja Pugh

I'm not making light of your experience. But I just couldn't stop myself from twisting that phrase.

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Response to Generic Brad (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 10:18 AM

6. (((groan)))

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Response to NJCher (Original post)

Tue Mar 4, 2014, 07:43 PM

7. My mother used to be overcome by the smell of flowers two or three days before

someone close to her would die. On a number of occasions, it would be sudden deaths where there was no way to know before that it was coming.

It was very accurate for about 15 years, and then seemed to fade out, and not happen anymore.

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