View Full Version : In which I try not to breath on the bus

12-21-2013, 04:58 AM
I'm at the mall and get on the bus to go to the grocery store by my apartment. The last person on the bus is a little old man with a walker and cane. He sits next to me and I'm overwhelmed by the scent of poo! I have 3 stops to go to get to my stop. I pull out the men's shower gel I bought for BF and try sniffing it to save my sinuses. That fails to work. a stop away from the grocery store I stand up and head to the very front of the bus.
Then I worry that he may have leaked on me as I could swear I keep catching scent of poo. (I took off my shorts and sniffed them in the bathroom to make sure that wasn't the case. It was just me being paranoid.)

12-21-2013, 07:07 PM
First of all....ewww :puke:

Second, I've had similar experiences where I've been forced to endure rather pungent and overwhelming odors and escaped only to find myself haunted by ghostly remnants of the stench, so you're not alone in this.

12-22-2013, 09:20 AM
The nose "remembers" strong scents long after they've passed. It's got to do with location of the frontal sinuses, the shape and position of the nose on Humans, and that there are smell centres in the mouth, so you 'taste' scents as well.

As someone who has a strong scent at the best of times, but who has little sense of smell, I'll put up a small hand and say that sometimes, a person may not realise the problem. At my worst, I have to change shirts 3 times a day, socks twice a day, and shower before and after work. And even then, it's sometimes not enough.

12-29-2013, 03:53 AM
He probably didn't "leak" on you, but smells will stick with you. I once visited a friend's house; never been there before. I would assume that at one point the entire living room was carpeted with wall-to-wall dog shit. The smell beggared belief, and it was clear that he no longer noticed it.

My room is fairly small; the smell didn't drop beneath my notice until I had not only removed and changed my clothes, but washed the old ones, as well as taking a shower and washing my hair. It took about six hours for it to go away altogether. I'm reasonably sure that it wasn't my imagination, because active intervention eliminated it. My roommate, who burns incense by the pound and has the sense of smell of a Greenland clam, thought I was insane.

12-31-2013, 02:37 AM
Carry some coffee beans around with you and sniff them after you've been around a smell that gets stuck in your nose. Lush and some local bath stores have little containers of them sitting around the store. It really does work. Kind of a palate cleanser for your nose.