Contact Us

Science Proves There Are Only 10 Actual Smells We Can Sense

Flickr: Todd McCann

So here’s an interesting fact for you: Did you that human taste buds can only pick up 5 different taste (Salty, Sour, Bitter, Sweet, and Savory)?

Did you also know that our noses can only smell 10 scents? A recent study breaks down the 10 groups that we smell on a regular basis.

Bates College conducted the study used mathematics to describe the odors we smell, breaking them down to just 10 group pairings of aroma.

  • Fragrant
  • Woody
  • Fruity (non-citrus)
  • Chemical
  • Minty/peppermint
  • Sweet
  • Popcorn 
  • Lemon
  • Pungent
  • Decayed

When looking at that list it’s interesting to see that Popcorn is it’s own group; but then again how else do you describe the smell of freshly popped Popcorn? That same can also be said for Lemon.

Pungent can be best used to describe that smelly person you passed in the store the other day. Decayed sums up all things horrible smelling including the bathroom after a greasy dinner (Taco Bell or Chipolata anyone?)

[Live Science]

More from Q103

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://q103albany.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Q 103 - Albany's Rock Station quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on Q 103 - Albany's Rock Station quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!