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Jeff Donlan

That's very funny, John. What fun to have been in the stream of consciousness of those mistaken visitors for those few moments.

Speaking of smells, it has always fascinated me that steel and concrete have such distinct odors. What could be sufficiently volatile to reach our noses? Yet, something does. I've tried to imagine the world as perceived by a dog, so fabulously olfactory, but of course I hardly can. A busy deli might give me a bit of the experience.

Too bad about Archimedes. I wonder if murdering marauders are God's way of keeping us from evolving too quickly?

John F. Ptak

I think it would be very confusing to wake up one morning with dog sniffing power, maybe as weird as suddenly having okra-vision. I dunno.
A friend of mine is an astronaut who made two long EVAs from the shuttle. HE says he was greeted both times on re-entry into the shuttle by a Russian cosmonaut who oared the air in front of him with his hands, savoring scent of the just-opened chamber, exclaiming that space "smelled like steak". My friend said that he didn't quite smell it, but the very first thing he and his wife did upon return and leaving the compound was to drive quickly to a steakhouse....

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