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I Miss Weird Smells

Social distance means we can no longer create shared memories by smelling the world — and each other

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What’s the worst smell you can think of? Skunk? Brussels sprouts? Sour milk?

For me, it was a mixture of Coca-Cola, coffee, Gatorade, and rotting bones. The smell was so pungent it clung to my…




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Emily Kingsley

Emily Kingsley

I mostly write about animals, including the human kind. Dead or alive. Also body parts. Contact me at She/her.

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