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[*] posted on 24-5-2015 at 16:36


When i was teenage burn sulfur, I sniff the smoke and was like screwdriver nailed in my brain:o:o:o, what stupid :D.

The best, syntetized by me, apparently was phenylacetaldehyde, have floral smell.;)
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[*] posted on 25-5-2015 at 01:27


Worst:Ethanediol
Best:Burned black powder
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[*] posted on 28-5-2015 at 20:19


Until just recently, I had never had the pleasure of working with pyridine. I followed Magpie's route from niacin to pyridine, and ended up with a small quantity of pyridine.

Holy hell! Why does this still smell so badly? WTF!?

My garage still reeks of pyridine. I do not yet have a fume hood, and most of the time one was available in college, so I avoided getting close and personal with a lot of things. Pyridine just hangs in the air around you just after transferring it into a bottle for storage.

Luckily, I already have kids, and am not worried on that front! ;)

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[*] posted on 28-5-2015 at 21:03


The reason amines reek so badly is that they are formed when proteins decompose, so we've evolved to recognize them as the scent of rotting meat/fish/crap/bodies.



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[*] posted on 24-8-2015 at 16:08


I recently went to a Chinatown street festival. There was a vendor selling HK style stinky tofu. Stinky indeed, I am still having olfactory flashbacks over a day later.

Imagine a peculiar sour barnyard scent. The tofu bacteria in question must be producing both short-chain carboxylic acids as well as fecal indole derivatives.

A much more simple odor would be my bottle of triethylamine. There is always a faint waft of dead fish in the background.




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[*] posted on 24-8-2015 at 21:23


I meant Ethanethiol.
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[*] posted on 24-8-2015 at 23:26


I recentely smelled some Chloroform but I have to say that I had expected something diferent.
Didn't really like the smell of it.
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[*] posted on 5-9-2015 at 06:20


The best smelling chemical is, I think, ozone. And dimanganese heptoxide, which liberates ozone, too.

The worst smell, though... I don't know. From what routinely stinks in my lab, I think the worst is ammonia. Today I had a big leak of chlorine, it's bad too, but somehow nobler than ammonia.




Smells like ammonia....
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[*] posted on 5-9-2015 at 06:26


You like the smell of ozone? There's a thing I don't think I could agree on. It's just too sharp for me, weirdly metallic. Reminds me of tasting blood, like when I split my lip open or something.
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[*] posted on 5-9-2015 at 06:43


Ammonia is pretty bad when you can't escape from it and the fumes burn your eyes but I find a quick smell from the bottle pleasant, kind of sharp and refreshing
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[*] posted on 5-9-2015 at 08:24


Well, I can escape from ammonia, by opening the window and immediately leaving the room where my lab is, then opening the porch door and hiding in another wing of the house.That's standard procedure when a gas emergency occurs. And they usually occur because I forget to empty the waste jar and forget what's in it, and pour in some new waste which reacts with old waste, releasing a gas.

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Smells like ammonia....
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[*] posted on 5-9-2015 at 11:26


Quote: Originally posted by Loptr  


Luckily, I already have kids, and am not worried on that front! ;)



I've heard this repeatedly from different people, still I think this is some kind of a myth rather than a fact, anyone knows the truth?
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[*] posted on 10-9-2015 at 13:27


How about Thiol-Acetone,? I heard it's pretty strong.:D
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[*] posted on 10-9-2015 at 13:36


Quote: Originally posted by papaya  
Quote: Originally posted by Loptr  


Luckily, I already have kids, and am not worried on that front! ;)



I've heard this repeatedly from different people, still I think this is some kind of a myth rather than a fact, anyone knows the truth?

There is some truth in it.

Once a Male has fathered children and has raised them all to the age of around 20, then the Male is kind of redundant, apart from making money to keep the Offspring's sanctuary open.

So, in my case, that means that i can do WTF i want !

(currently experimenting with growing tomatoes)




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[*] posted on 11-9-2015 at 13:14


Darnit....
Ammonia is ok, as long as you can leave it when you need to.




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[*] posted on 11-9-2015 at 14:01


This seems to have devolved into Worst Smells after page 1, and the OP specifically said Best and Worse smells.

Worst i have smelt and produced was a fart the day after eating Quorn and drinking copious volumes of Argus brand beer.

To this day i have not smelt anthing quite so noxious, repulsive or downright Evil.

It was a fart so rank that even i, the producer, had to leave the sports stadium (at speed) along with the the 50,000 spectators, 60 officials and both football teams.

It took 4 days to clear the air enough to make it fit for human consumption.

One of the Best scents i have encountered is that of the flowers of 'Dame de la Noche' which releases the odour at night. Truly enchanting odour.

All Subjective of course (apart from the quorn farts - they can stun even Lizard Aliens).




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[*] posted on 12-9-2015 at 23:37


The smell of butanoic acid is hard to describe for me. Never thought of it as smelling like vomit, but then again if your vomit smells like butanoic acid, you probably need to cut down on how much fat you eat. I have a low-fat diet, so my vomit doesn't smell like rotten cheese.

To me it's that weird rancid cheese smell that comes out of certain dumpsters, sorta like stinky feet. It's one of those invigorating smells that smells bad so good, you know it stinks but you just can't resist sniffing it again, can't get enough of it. Like the scent on your fingers after touching your balls.

If I ever can make pure butanoic acid, one day I will make a spray perfume out of it.

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[*] posted on 13-9-2015 at 14:58


That's terrible :) Though it's sell great on ebay and craigslist :)
Best smell, probably Pizza or calzone. Kidding, those are my favorite tastes.:)
i can't think of any smells I particularly like, but a lot I don't like. Perhaps the smell of sweat. I sweat a lot, to the point of embarrassment. But If I'm working harder than someone else nearby, I'm proud to be sweating. But not on a test, or when talking to a girl...




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[*] posted on 4-8-2016 at 08:00


Hmm. I do like NO2, HN3, NH3, Chlorobutanol. Piperine is really one of my favorites, along with piperonal and vanillin. The nitrotoluenes and benzenes are quite smooth and nutty, which is nice. Phenol is up there, too. Smoky- like whisky :)

Least favorites: SO2 For sure, got a big whiff of almost pure SO2 and nearly vomited. HF sucks as well, chlorine too. Hydrogen Telluride is a bitch, too. Unbelievable stench.

Nothing beats dryer exhaust tho. Stuff is fuckin awesome.
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[*] posted on 4-8-2016 at 08:44


Worst:
swollen dead kitten that burst into a maggot volcano when prodded with a stick
dishwasher drain pipe
a lovely looking orange that was rotten inside
my cute baby daughter's first green poo

Best:
Roasting lamb
Roasting beef
Tsar aftershave, even though I don't shave
Channel No.5
patchouli

For simple chemicals;
I remember A-level organic chem. cadaverine-type synthesis
Imagine a teacher asking us to use small quantities due to the smell ... :P:D:D:o:(

I like the 'fruity' esters


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[*] posted on 4-8-2016 at 09:25


Best smelling:
Acetone
Oddly enough, I kind of enjoy chloroform..
Nitrous oxide.

Worst smelling:
Hydrogen sulfide
NH3
Acetic acid
HCl
Alcohols




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[*] posted on 6-8-2016 at 22:33


I love the smell of Methyl Salicylate, Chloroform, and most of the alcohols.:D

However, Hydrogen Chloride, Nitrogen Dioxide, and Ethanethiol (MOST thiols for a matter of fact.) I do not like at all.

SO2 I hate with a burning passion :mad:, it is just really choking and extreamly unpleasant.
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[*] posted on 15-8-2016 at 13:59


I don't mind the low alcohols, and acetone, chloroform, and DCM are nice enough.
The mineral acids, the smell of finger grease on copper, and ammonia are terrible...




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[*] posted on 25-8-2016 at 11:08


Mineral acids? I like the smell of nitric acid. Hydrochloric somewhat less, but still not in the terrible territory. Sulfuric and phosphoric have no smell.



Smells like ammonia....
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[*] posted on 20-1-2017 at 18:26


I discovered a new least favorite: 1-bromo 3,5 dimethoxy benzene.
It has a unique and lingering odor of something burned, bitter and resinous, with some light notes of antiseptic. Lovely stuff.





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