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Why do some people have a habbit of smelling everything?

Asked by peedub (8703points) April 13th, 2008

For as long as I can remember I’ve had this habit of smelling everything I get my hands on. I’ve been caught smelling pencils, rocks, coins, lint, etcetra.
Know anyone like this?

I’ve spotted others.

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Hollister0221's avatar

I smell everything. Maybe there is a reason your nose is right above your mouth

ppcakes's avatar

i smell everything also, it is mostly out of habit. i like to smell my food before i eat it or my clothes before i put them on and things like that for the basic reasons, i also associate things with scent.

babygalll's avatar

I smell things, but not EVERYTHING. It’s obvious when certain things smell and I am not going to put my nose anywhere near it.

My sister in law smells everything and it bugs me.

Hollister0221's avatar

well I have to agree I would not put my nose near dog poop. But u bet before I eat it I will give it a wiff

peedub's avatar

I smell good and bad things, my guess is curiosity.

Allie's avatar

I smell the things that have a scent that just happens to whiff past my nose. And unless it’s something you’re supposed to smell, I usually don’t smell it.

ppcakes's avatar

i’m with peedub, i like to smell things, even if i know i shouldnt, or it won’t be good. =/

sndfreQ's avatar

Smell of all senses, has a most profound and unique link to memory…I really dig that about smell-for better or worse.

shared3's avatar

I agree with sndfreQ, smells are retained well in memory.

I usually smell things because…I really don’t know…maybe habit? I generally like smelling things that are familiar to me (not bad smells, like dog poop or something), probably makes me subconciously remember good things?

bulbatron9's avatar

I’m a Sniffer!

nocountry2's avatar

My ex used to smell their hands all the time – but would get totally defensive if you pointed it out – and also had to have a foot smushed in their face in order to climax, the smellier the better

Beckquador24's avatar

I’m guilty of smelling everything.
I’ve done it my entire life my dad has also.
Maybe its hereditary.

peedub's avatar

@Beck- I was wondering the same, nature, nurture, or just some weird habit I picked up.

teachlearn's avatar

Interesting! My nephew smells everything and often smells his hands after handling or meeting someone. I noticed his nephew, my great nephew does the same thing. He often associates things with memories or other objects. I agree with heredity since my great nephew has not been around his uncle that often.

kawaii_ninja's avatar

Pure human curiosity i think. Maybe someday sniffing will save the earth =D

DS's avatar

I do it to!! I remember situation only by the smell I percive that day.

kapuerajam's avatar

I like to smell my cheese when I’m eating it.

kawaii_ninja's avatar

=O Same here!

giggles's avatar

My boyfriend smells his sweaty hat eight after he is done skateboarding for like 4 hours!!!! If he doesnt have his hat then one time I saw him smelling his dirty old sweaty shoes!!!!!

peedub's avatar

Haha, I do the same thing!

giggles's avatar

hahaha why???

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bulbatron9's avatar

I’ll sniff my hat to make sure no one else has been wearing it!

Bioplasmic's avatar

I think we are all smelling things unconsciously too, pheromones for instance.

Baloo72's avatar

I started a habit of smelling things by smelling of dairy products before I eat/drink them to see if they are spoiled. This action turned into a habit and now I smell lots of different things without really thinking about it.

eekads's avatar

lol maybe because it’s uncontrolable unless you hold your breath xD , not sure.

Pandora's avatar

Just be greatful your not a dog. You don’t want to stick your nose up every butt you encounter.

EllieSmith's avatar

I thought I was the only one. I smell absolutely everything. Even things I know save no smell at all, I smell them. It has gotten so bad recently. I’m finding myself going up to strangers and asking them if I can smell their coat or hair. If I ask my sister or brother of I can smell something of theirs that they are wearing or carrying and they say no, it drives me crazy, it’s like id I don’t smell an object I need to smell, I get agitated and start going insane. Guys, thank you for believing in my weirdness :)

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