The jury is still out over whether humans produce and detect pheromones, but all Savannah knows is that, once she could no longer smell her man, her sex drive left without her. "I thought that was weird," she says. "I would think I would still be attracted even without that manly aroma but, for me, I think it's more scent-based than people realize."
No number of missed farts makes up for that.
Another way your sense of smell plays with you is by messing with your memory. You've probably experienced this before -- you catch the smell of mothballs or bacon-flavored lube and, suddenly, you're right back at Uncle Jerry's house -- but, you don't realize how much it affects you until it's gone for a while:
"Occasionally, [my sense of smell] will work for one second, and then whatever I'm around will give me huge flashes of memories, even just to the last time I smelled it," Savannah says. "There's [something in] particular -- I think it's like a scented lotion or a kind of perfume that one of my coworkers was wearing one day -- [that] reminded me of an off-Broadway show I had seen just years earlier. Somebody near me must have been wearing that same lotion, and I suddenly remembered so many details about the show. It was interesting because it was such a nondescript memory. I hadn't thought about that show in years. I do really miss that ability to associate memories with smells."
Not everything is roadkill and flatulent road trips. You lose the good ones, too.
There are hacks you can use to get around this, though, as Joe discovered. "What I do instead is I try to remember a sound, like play a song or something," he says. "It seems to work exactly as strongly, if not stronger, than someone who has all of their senses intact."
So, you can have your pansy "smell the roses; remember the garden" moment. Joe will be listening to Zeppelin and remembering way cooler shit.
Manna is all too aware of how she smells, which she often describes in loving detail on Twitter.
Have a story to share with Cracked? Email us here.
For more insider perspectives, check out 6 Ways You See The World Differently When You Can Hear Color and I Can't See Faces: 5 Weird Facts About My Life.
Subscribe to our YouTube channel, and check out 6 Ways The Food Industry Tricks You Into Eating Garbage, and watch other videos you won't see on the site!
Also, follow us on Facebook, and let's all be thankful we can actually smell our own horrendous odors.
Check out Robert Evans' A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization, a celebration of the brave, drunken pioneers who built our civilization one seemingly bad decision at a time.