Words and photographs by Clark Adomaitis
Illustrations by Katie Herchenroeder
*Sniff* *Sniff* What is that smell? National Sense of Smell Day is this Saturday, April 27! Rejoice and smell! Mother’s apple pie, Abuela’s homemade macaroni and cheese, and your father’s banana boat pudding are all fantastic smells to enjoy. According to Everyday Health, people can detect over one trillion distinct scents. How many have you smelled? Here are some ways to know your nose in honor of the holiday!
Vitamin A-Rich Feast
Today is the day to enhance your smell power with a load of Vitamin A. Have you ever compared your sense of smell to a dog’s? According to PBS, dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors, paling in comparison to humans’ six million. We must strengthen our nose! Treat your olfactory receptors to a delicious liver omelet packed with broccoli, spinach, and carrots. Juxtapose this savory saline feast with a crisp burst of sweetness in a bowl of fresh cantaloupe. Cleanse your palette with a glass of V8 juice. These Vitamin A rich ingredients will make your nose happy on its special day.
Challenge your sense of smell by blindfolding your friends or family members in the face of a pungent object. You and your party will guess that smell! Have hours of fun by putting pickles, pizza, peppers, and anything else up to your friends’ nostrils. You can even test how well you know you friends by putting a shirt of theirs against the nasal cavity of the blindfolded. “This smells like cheese; it must be Derek!”
Smell Your Loved Ones
Throughout the hustle and bustle of our busy New York lifestyle, we often ignore the subtle smells around us. Some of the most important, diverse, but underappreciated smells come from those who surround us every day. Do you know what your father smells like after getting home from a long, sweaty day of manual labor? Have you experienced your brother’s post-workout stench?
You most likely already are latently familiar with these day-to-day scents. They signal to you that “Dad got a promotion at work” or “My brother’s team won!” Any emotions you experience in these scenarios are subconsciously characterized by these corresponding scents. Becoming aware of these unique and powerful smells can help family members appreciate and recognize each other’s dynamic pheromones.
Use #SenseOfSmellDay to post your smelling activities on social media.
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