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(Mental Floss)   New research from the Romero Institute seeks to find out what causes that "fresh-cut grass smell." Preliminary findings indicate cut grass   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 26
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2012-05-02 10:03:30 AM  
Ingredients:

- Grass
- Something to cut grass
 
2012-05-02 10:13:53 AM  
You know what else smells like fresh cut grass?

Phosgene gas.
 
2012-05-02 11:46:41 AM  
You know, it could always be the cyanide.
 
2012-05-02 12:05:49 PM  
I f*cking love that smell.

My brother and I made great cash when we were kids cutting grass. Brings back so many good memories.
 
2012-05-02 12:16:05 PM  
I associate the smell of cut grass with sneezing because of allergies or photic sneeze reflex (mowing grass and sunny days go hand in hand) or some damned thing.
 
2012-05-02 12:20:07 PM  
Still no cure for crab grass.
 
2012-05-02 12:20:10 PM  
I hear that Bhopal smelled like fresh cut grass.

/no, really
 
2012-05-02 12:24:46 PM  
It's the grass giving off a chemical signal, warning the other grasses that they are about to enter into combat. Sadly, even with this sophisticated warning mechanism, the grass rarely wins against its much bigger and much better armed foe, the lawnmower.
 
2012-05-02 12:26:11 PM  
Isn't the smell of fresh cut grass the plant equivalent of screaming in agony as the plant is cut in half? I was told once the scent was a defensive/warning reaction to alert surrounding grass something is eating them.

/not sure how grass acts defensive.
 
2012-05-02 12:27:10 PM  
On a semi-related note, grass-cutting can go by a lot faster if you pretend you're an Imperial Deforestation Detachment tasked with eliminating Ewok villages in your sector.

Why, yes. I am a grown man. Why do you ask?
 
2012-05-02 12:32:12 PM  

bugmn99: On a semi-related note, grass-cutting can go by a lot faster if you pretend you're an Imperial Deforestation Detachment tasked with eliminating Ewok villages in your sector.

Why, yes. I am a grown man. Why do you ask?


Does the stormtrooper outfit get hot in the summer?
 
2012-05-02 12:45:54 PM  
www.stevecastellano.com
/relevant?
 
2012-05-02 12:55:53 PM  
geraniol / geranylgeranyl adduction products.

phytobiochemistry for $200, please, alex.
 
2012-05-02 12:57:54 PM  

cgraves67: photic sneeze reflex


My sister and I suffered from that when we were kids. Mother never believed us.

It vanished as we got older, so we forgot about it. I tripped over it one day on Wikipedia and pointed it out to my sister.

I think she brought it up at every family gathering for the next three years.
 
2012-05-02 01:00:38 PM  
The Green Grass candle at Yankee Candle was the best smelling candle ever. It was only available in the spring. Sadly, they discontinued it a few years ago.

/You bastards!
 
2012-05-02 01:02:37 PM  

suburbanguy: The Green Grass candle at Yankee Candle was the best smelling candle ever. It was only available in the spring. Sadly, they discontinued it a few years ago.

/You bastards!


No, the McIntosh Apple candle was and still is the best smelling candle ever.
 
2012-05-02 01:10:29 PM  
Great great smell. Candle at Bath and Body Works actually comes kinda close, can't remember the exact name but it's "Fresh Grass" or something along those lines...
 
2012-05-02 01:19:21 PM  

meat0918: suburbanguy: The Green Grass candle at Yankee Candle was the best smelling candle ever. It was only available in the spring. Sadly, they discontinued it a few years ago.

/You bastards!

No, the McIntosh Apple candle was and still is the best smelling candle ever.


I can't stand sweet candles. They turn my stomach.
 
2012-05-02 01:26:48 PM  

suburbanguy: meat0918: suburbanguy: The Green Grass candle at Yankee Candle was the best smelling candle ever. It was only available in the spring. Sadly, they discontinued it a few years ago.

/You bastards!

No, the McIntosh Apple candle was and still is the best smelling candle ever.

I can't stand sweet candles. They turn my stomach.


Most do the same to me. There is something about the McIntosh Apple one though.

The Dutch apple pie candle makes me want to vomit. It is something I smelled often when searching for a home. Apparently one of the sales techniques is "Light a candle that smells like apple pie because it invokes memories of good old home cooking".

It's the same reaction with any of the other baked goods or candy scented candles. Yuck.
 
2012-05-02 01:30:09 PM  

cryinoutloud: It's the grass giving off a chemical signal, warning the other grasses that they are about to enter into combat. Sadly, even with this sophisticated warning mechanism, the grass rarely wins against its much bigger and much better armed foe, the lawnmower.


how does the grass have a chance when trees can get manhandled like this: Tree Harvesting
 
2012-05-02 01:36:36 PM  

meat0918: suburbanguy: The Green Grass candle at Yankee Candle was the best smelling candle ever. It was only available in the spring. Sadly, they discontinued it a few years ago.

/You bastards!

No, the McIntosh Apple candle was and still is the best smelling candle ever.


Beach Party. Go smell it and thank me later.

It smells kinda like Coppertone.
 
2012-05-02 01:36:40 PM  
got a friend named Jack
Look like a bone in a paper sack
That's my friend Jack
C'mon Jack, smell these coconuts
There's enough for everyone
Jackie likes the smell of cut grass
He used to play ball on Saturdays
Playing in the sun
Jackie likes the smell of cut grass
He used to play ball on Saturdays
Playing in the sun
If Jackie had his way
He'd give some cut grass to everyone.
 
2012-05-02 01:46:05 PM  

Hyjamon: how does the grass have a chance when trees can get manhandled like this: Tree Harvesting


Do you see the spotted owl in the background there? THAT'S why all those lumberjacks lost their jobs, not because of that machine that takes one person to operate it, replacing five or six lumberjacks, and doing in an hour what took them all day to do.

Farking spotted owls.
 
2012-05-03 02:35:06 AM  

sure haven't: I f*cking love that smell.

My brother and I made great cash when we were kids cutting grass. Brings back so many good memories.


Me, too. Have you ever tried the grass-flavored jelly belly beans? I don't know if they come in anything other than the harry potter package, tho.
Perfect.
Also, Yankee candles makes a great fresh grass. Good for winter snowstorms.
 
2012-05-03 02:39:37 AM  
Wow. Pays to read the thread.
Still, I'll look like a dummy for something like this. I were excited.

It's the smell of innocence, childhood, and freedom.
 
2012-05-03 06:53:06 AM  
What do cut grass and navy bunkhouses have in common?
 
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