significantly smellier?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Ask Chris : One Thread
dear wise folks: many a night i've lain awake, wondering, are there more individual smells about now than there were in prehistoric times? seems to me that as species go extinct they take a whole host of smells with them into the afterlife (how did dodo dandruff smell? did trilobites ever have bad breath?); but, on the other hand, we're always busy making new smells (the smell your toaster makes the first time you use it after a three-week vacation, the chemical aroma of those dodgy handcreams in airplane bathrooms...) if anyone can come up with an equation to solve this question, i'll be so happy.
-- jane (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 16, 1999
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Great for when you're lying awake at night wondering about anything.
-- Ben (email@example.com), December 17, 1999.
Zoloft also helps with the not caring.
-- m (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1999.
how did dodo dandruff smell?
I think the concept of dandruft is uniquely a primate concern with the appearance and little more. Thus, birds--extinct or not--would have little concern for minor, but normal, scalp conditions.
did trilobites ever have bad breath?
Since Trilobites lived in water for the most part, I think any concern with their breath is over-rated. Besides, they probably smell like any other fish, if any are still alive (very unlikely being near pre-Cambiran and whatnot).
-- Chris Gillis (email@example.com), December 17, 1999.
no wonder your country's in the state it's in. can a country be in a state?
-- jane (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1999.