Well, I finally got to sleep at midnight. Ahhh... And Hubby woke me at 430 AM.
He's been allowed to live, but mostly b/c I am too sore to whack him to death with a pillow. For reasons unknown to me, but possibly related to the alignment of galaxies in an alternate universe, my neck-=shoulders blew big time. Ow! I figure it's partly stress, but not all stress. Doesn't feel the way it does when it's stress-only-tension. Hmm. Oh well. I can sleep in my next lifetime. That's heaven, right?
So what stinks?
Armpits. Yeah, you know that. BUt did you know that shaving reduces odor? Did you know that anti-perspirants temporarily block the sweat glands, but deodorants just cover the smell, so you have to actually check labels to be sure which you're getting?
Feet. Again with sweat and glands. Interestingly, mosquitoes are most strongly drawn to the smell of human *feet*. Creepy, right? They also like limburger cheese. Makes sense to me, given some cheeses smell like fermented gym socks.
Breath. Most bad breath originates in the *stomach*. Yep. Your stomach. You can brush your teeth and gargle all you want, but most bad breath begins in the stomach. Acidity and/or diet are typical culprits.
Sulfur. No reason. Just how our noses register it. "Yech, rotten eggs" = sulfur compound.
Speak of rotten eggs, why do they smell that way? OK, when a little protein called globulin is eaten by bacteria in a rotting/rotten egg? The byproduct is sulfur-based hydrogen sulfide --- also found in part in natural gas (to warn us it's there) and in volcanic emissions (e.g., Kilauea's gas). And, yes, if you have a "rotten egg" flatulence moment --- it's bacteria working overtime. In the case of eggs, it's on globulin.
Skunk cabbage stinks. Duh. Thus the name. It's a plant native to the US Pacific Northwest and Vancouver (Canada) region. It's not large, but it's horrifyingly smelly for its size. I mean, *damn*. On a side note, bears will eat it in spring b/c it is a laxative and they purge their slowed-down bowels. DO NOT do this as a human.
The Eastern Skunk Cabbage --- yes, related to the Western variety I just mentioned --- also releases the classic "skunk" odor, but it's mostly found in swamps and has a distinct purplish "sheath" (spathe, to be botanical) that surrounds the flower cluster. It's an endangered species in Tennessee. Do *not* step on it. You will regret it. The stink clings. (My sister did that once in our childhood. Once. That was all it needed. Good-bye to those shoes.)
Pain also stinks, but only in metaphor.
ON which note --- I depart to find sleep, now that Hubby is awake and I can crawl into bed and snore, flail, sprawl, or flip-flop as needed!
A sweet aroma to your day!
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