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[personal profile] darkoshi
Why can we smell metal? - it's not actually the metal that smells.

I was wondering last week why my hand smelled bad, then realized it was from simply having touched the metal zipper pull on an old duffle bag. (Yet when I later sniffed the zipper, it didn't smell). Certain metals like that (not sure what kind, but generally the yellowish/bronze colored ones) make my hands smell so horrible that I have to wash them to get rid of the smell. Then I wondered if other people could smell metal too, which led to me finding the above information.

Date: Sunday, July 30th, 2017 06:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
I notice the smell of metal / things that have touched metal a lot. It is highly relevant to me because sometimes rusty/oxidized metal skin contact makes me ill. Thank you for the article link.

Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 09:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marahmarie
I can smell metal, too. Otoh, I'm trying *really* hard to catch up on my reading, missed more than I thought.