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2020-11-28 10:27:01 PM  
Many ages ago I worked in the dye room of a knitting mill. Not being able to smell formic acid could have resulted in an uncomfortable accident.
 
2020-11-28 10:27:35 PM  
Because they're smelly little bastards?
 
2020-11-28 10:44:47 PM  
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2020-11-28 10:47:10 PM  
It's like humans not making Vitamin C. Almost all animals can make Vitamin C internally. The only exceptions are humans, and a few species of related primates. Somewhere down the genetic line, a mutation in a common human./primate ancestor caused this around 60 millions years ago. Likewise smelling formic acid, digesting milk, chromosome 2 fusion, etc.
 
2020-11-28 11:16:20 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: It's like humans not making Vitamin C. Almost all animals can make Vitamin C internally. The only exceptions are humans, and a few species of related primates. Somewhere down the genetic line, a mutation in a common human./primate ancestor caused this around 60 millions years ago. Likewise smelling formic acid, digesting milk, chromosome 2 fusion, etc.


The alien race we are a hybrid of made us do we cannot make vitamin C, cannot use calcium without Vitamin D and we are the only animal on earth that cannot naturally swim.

I guess. Or whatever.
 
2020-11-29 12:24:04 AM  
I have an uncle who never took a bath and you could smell him from a mile away.
 
2020-11-29 1:34:43 AM  
Should that be "ants, and ncles, and cosins"?
 
2020-11-29 1:38:29 AM  
The words "pissant" and "pismire" come from the smell of formic acid around ants.
 
2020-11-29 2:58:58 AM  

paulleah: and we are the only animal on earth that cannot naturally swim.


That's not true.  Human babies are born with the instincts to hold their breath and kick their arms and legs when placed under water.  We're not particularly well suited for swimming, but we can.
 
2020-11-29 5:16:13 AM  
Genetic, like asparagus.  Wut?
 
2020-11-29 6:54:09 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: It's like humans not making Vitamin C. Almost all animals can make Vitamin C internally. The only exceptions are humans, and a few species of related primates. Somewhere down the genetic line, a mutation in a common human./primate ancestor caused this around 60 millions years ago. Likewise smelling formic acid, digesting milk, chromosome 2 fusion, etc.


And guinea pigs.
 
2020-11-29 7:45:27 AM  
THERE WAS NO SCIENCE ONLY THE MOST VAGUE SPECULATION! I WANT 3D RECEPTOR STRUCTURES AND SILENCED GENE MAPS!
 
2020-11-29 11:32:14 AM  

scumm: Genetic, like asparagus. Wut?


Some people can't smell the horrible scent of asparagus in human urine.  They lack a gene for it.
 
2020-11-29 8:11:58 PM  
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2020-11-29 10:25:22 PM  

asymptonic: scumm: Genetic, like asparagus. Wut?

Some people can't smell the horrible scent of asparagus in human urine.  They lack a gene for it


It's more complex than that. In addition to what you stated, some people produce the smelly urine after eating asparagus and some don't.  Meaning that some people can't smell it in their own urine, but can smell it in other people's urine.

/Personally, I kind of like the smell
//Not enough to go around smelling other people's urine though.
 
2020-11-29 11:24:09 PM  

Neondistraction: paulleah: and we are the only animal on earth that cannot naturally swim.

That's not true.  Human babies are born with the instincts to hold their breath and kick their arms and legs when placed under water.  We're not particularly well suited for swimming, but we can.


They can make swimming motions. They are just like crawling motions. But they can't swim. If you have an extra infant you aren't attached to, give it a try.

//probably shouldn't.
 
2020-11-30 12:43:33 AM  
Eh. I once bought a secondhand (actually, probably picked up from a curb and re-re-re-re-sold) couch a few years back that caused a year-long bedbug battle.

If I go somewhere and there's even a slight whiff of that hot crayon wax smell they have I nope the fark out. I'm a smoker and have literally had a full-blown panic attack delivering pizzas to an elementary school because I could...not quite *smell*, but *scent* that crayon wax smell in the farking parking lot.

We have better noses than we give ourselves credit for. It's just that since our lives don't depend on it, 98% of it gets filtered out, with the rare exception of that one woman who can smell Parkinson's and even "falsely" identified a control...who later came down with it.
 
2020-11-30 5:46:22 AM  

Cyber Duck: asymptonic: scumm: Genetic, like asparagus. Wut?

Some people can't smell the horrible scent of asparagus in human urine.  They lack a gene for it

It's more complex than that. In addition to what you stated, some people produce the smelly urine after eating asparagus and some don't.  Meaning that some people can't smell it in their own urine, but can smell it in other people's urine.

/Personally, I kind of like the smell
//Not enough to go around smelling other people's urine though.


Wait, some people can eat asparagus and NOT make that funky smell?  AND some people can't smell that smelly smell?

The Fark genetics... I got double Charlie Brown'd
 
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