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Do you ever notice random smells and end up thinking about them for what seems like way longer than you should? Maybe this is just a me thing, but it happens a lot. I'm not sure if my sense of smell is more sensitive than everyone around me, or if I just pay more attention to smells. Anyways, I've found that it can be as equally interesting as annoying. For example, I used to be able to guess what was for dinner based on the smell of my dog's fur when my parents brought him in the car to pick me up from school. This was always entertaining for me, though I couldn't understand why everyone was always so shocked when I guessed correctly given how obvious it seemed to me. Other times, I feel like I need to hold my breath because a particular smell is so noticeable and irritating to me. There's a type of hard candy called guava candy (might have an asian name that I'm unfamiliar with also), and whenever anyone is eating it near me it makes my eyes water and I have to fight the urge to gag. I don't even know why I don't like the smell of it so that's sorta weird... in case you're curious, here's a list of other smells that I find unbearable:

- shrimp
- plum candy
- the smell of people when they are sick (this is a little hard to describe)
- baby powder
- this one ground chicken dish my mom cooks
- clove
- the smell of the rotating dirty dish racks in the dining halls at my school
- uncooked fish (fish meat not living fish)

Sometimes, I smell something that no one else smells, even when I describe the smell to them in detail. Usually when this happens, everyone just thinks I'm crazy (and sometimes this makes me question myself as well), but now that I'm pretty sure I have some degree of autism, I feel slightly less crazy when I detect minor things that others around me don't. Overall, I love and hate my tendency to notice smells. Great for gathering random probably useless information, but highly annoying when I smell something bad and can't escape from it.


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