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Thu, 01/22/2009 - 14:34 by Ananth in response to fifth sense


It's well-documented around here that Conrad actually doesn't have any sense of smell, but it's one of those things that we tend to forget. In a lot of ways it's pretty similar to how forgetful I am about Hawk and Ramadan ... except in this case everyone forgets, so maybe I am just being a jerk to Hawk. 

Conrad does have days when he can sometimes smell things, but it's tough to say what triggers it. 

And before anyone asks, he can taste things just fine! It's quite the conundrum. CONRAD IS A MAN OF MYSTERY


That sucks, but that look is

Comment by DisposablePal (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 14:39

That sucks, but that look is priceless. This is quickly becoming my favorite comic.

As long as he doesn't have

Comment by Shaggy (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 14:42

As long as he doesn't have the magic nose that smells things that aren't there. That would worry me.

Follow your nose to the land

Comment by ultimate baka (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 15:19

Follow your nose to the land of color and loops that have NOTHING to do with fruit!! :P

Domestic mystery. Conrad is

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 14:46

Domestic mystery. Conrad is a man of domestic mystery.


As in, "why is the sink full of dirty dishes and the dishwasher empty?"


Comment by Aido Thu, 01/22/2009 - 14:48

Apparently today is Be Mean To Conrad Day.



Why doesn't Conrad put on

Comment by Motzo (not verified) Mon, 01/26/2009 - 17:10

Why doesn't Conrad put on deoderant?
He never smells!

If I had less taste I'd

Comment by conrad Mon, 01/26/2009 - 18:38

If I had less taste I'd embed the audio file of a rim-shot right here.


Comment by MagoFIrst (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 14:51

hmm that is curious as to how his sense of smell comes and goes sometimes and that his sense of taste is unaffected. At first i thought it might be that he doesn't lack a sense of smell but its so bad that he might as well not have it. Than you had to mention that once a while can smell. Ok I'll stop otherwise there will be a wall of words and nonstop ponderings......

oh yea

Comment by MagoFIrst (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 14:53

Sorry for a second post but i wanted to say thank Yuko for the fillers on AG.

Thanks! :D

Comment by Aido Thu, 01/22/2009 - 15:12

 Thanks!  :D  Sorry today's J*W was so late, I was up til 3-ish finishing up the AG filler.  Let me say, it is much easier to do a Johnny Wander comic than it is to do an Applegeeks comic. DX

Smell and taste

Comment by MrGBH (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 14:59

Wouldn't that mean his sense of taste is off-kilter at least? Y'know, since smell directly affects taste, maybe there're some things he can't differentiate between by taste alone?

Oh, I'm a long-time reader of Applegeeks, never got active on the forums though. Came here because of the artwork in AG recently. This is becoming one of my fave webcomics (Out of about 35 I check daily).

"his sense of taste is

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 15:17

"his sense of taste is off-kilter"

MWUAHAHAHAH, you're killing me...

Smell and taste are different

Comment by Jukebox (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 19:10

I believe that the reason we view smell and taste as being so dependent on each other is simply because we've always have used them together. Every time you go to eat something, you have the ability to smell it so long as you're not congested. Seeing how congestion is something that happens the grand minority of times, we have the fortune (sometimes it's misfortune) of being able to smell what it is we are about to eat. We grow up with the knowledge of what we eat smells like, and vice-verca. Thus, this probably causes some amount of bias for us.

Someone growing up with ansomia (can't smell for the life of them), however, like Conrad don't have this mental connection, thus his tastes are most likely completely unbiased to what something smells like. Instead, he probably makes connections like "that looks good," or, hopefully not, "that feels good." If he's saying that last one, then I think he has other problems besides not being able to smell things.

But then again, I'm an engineer, so I could easily be totally wrong when it comes to anatomy and the science of smelling delicious things.

I can understand this guy

Comment by WiseHacker (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 00:53

I can understand this guy fully. I myself have no sense of smell, but a very strong sense of taste.

It can be a downer though, especially when I eat something horrible.....

Used to it

Comment by Tentus (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 09:14

I agree with Jukebox, I think the interdependence that we've all heard about is the product of familiarity: just how most people associate the octagon shape with the color red (because of stop signs), we're used to using smell in conjunction with taste.

I'm one of those lucky/unlucky people who has an extremely weak sense of smell, to the point of nonexistence. I (believe that I can, at least) taste things just fine, like any other person. I have favorite and least favorite foods, just like a normal person. I just can't sense them from a distance, unless it's so strong that I can taste it on the air (woodsmoke, for example, or when my family is mass-producing pies).

It's actually not a bad deal. I have no qualms sitting next to the homeless on the bus, nor do I ever have troubles on week-long camping trips. I don't get this ethereal sense that most people use to identify foods in different rooms, but in the process I don't ever have to worry about opening my fridge to a bad smell or hold my nose when changing a baby diaper.

Just a Small Correction

Comment by That Guy (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 20:31

Not it matters, but the condition of being unable to smell is actually spelled "Anosmia".

Whee, OCD.

Curse you and your proper

Comment by Jukebox (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 04:27

Curse you and your proper usage of proper nouns.

Thank you, that's what I

Comment by MineTruly (not verified) Tue, 06/02/2009 - 22:39

Thank you, that's what I figured out when I tried to Google "ansomnia." I changed it to "No sense of smell" and found a bibliography page with "anosmia" on it.

It's True!

Comment by Mulberrytree (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 13:48

I have very little to no sense of smell either, most days I don't smell anything at all, but I have a wonderful sense of taste. I can pick out subtle flavors in dishes and people tell me I'm a very good improve cook.
I've heard biologists say that our sense of taste is based fully off of what we smell because our brain tells us that something smells a certain way, then we'll taste it that way. I've tried this and I've got to say, for me it's not true. When I think something should taste sweet it'll taste weird at first, then I'll realize that's because it's sour. So eventually I am tasting things right. It's okay Conrad! At least you can taste.

I'm actually quite surprised

Comment by Jukebox (not verified) Mon, 01/26/2009 - 03:03

I'm actually quite surprised and happy that others agree with me on this, especially those who can't smell. I've thought this for a while, but have had no confirmation either way. I can smell just fine, so I was always skeptical about this opinion of mine which I've had for a few years at least.

I'm quite surprised by the number of people who can't smell who visit the site. To have not just one, but a few different people who can't smell but can taste things just fine agree with me is a bit of a good feeling, to be honest.

So now with that said, I'll move on to jokes. For those of you who can't smell, does the lack of that 1 sense make your other 4 stronger? Have you developed super human skills in sight, or possibly even taste? Any one become the Daredevil of Anosmia? If you get to miss out smelling the bums on the train and instead get awsome super powers, then I can't quite sympathize with you. It's win/win, and that's just no fair.

Priceless...Poor Conrad

Comment by Farren (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 15:03

That look is absolutely adorable. The tears are just waiting to flow. Perhaps his almost no sense of smell is due to the fact that he has no sense at all?

Don't worry, Conrad. I'm just kidding. Besides, I'm sure Yuko would be more than willing to be your nose-for-hire.

True story!

Comment by conrad Mon, 01/26/2009 - 10:25

I actually had Ananth sniff a shirt for me the other day to make sure it wasn't dirty.

It was made hotter weirder by the fact I was wearing it.

I feel your pain

Comment by Joel (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 15:10

Hey, I'm in the same boat, but can't taste quite so well either. So, don't feel too bad man. :) And yes, the look is completely priceless. ;)

Both my Brother and my

Comment by Josh J (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 15:39

Both my Brother and my Father cannot smell at all. Even terrible smells like skunks and smoke (although they still choke on it, LOL). Maybe its hereditary? some recessive gene?
Should we be trying to diagnose his problem?

Thanks for filling in at Apple Geeks, Yuko. =D I love your art.

Conrad, I'm in the same boat.

Comment by Jim (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 15:47

...Well almost. I can actually smell some things but it has to be a strong smell. Consider yourself lucky, usually the only thing I get to smell all day is my roommates letting loose the swamp gas.

I had no idea Conrad was

Comment by Michael M. (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 15:57

I had no idea Conrad was without smell. That would explain some things.

Like when I gave him scratch 'n sniff stickers and he cried so hard. Or when I took him to see a movie in Smell-o-vision. Which also resulted in crying so hard.

I think my favorite part of

Comment by Briget (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 16:18

I think my favorite part of this comic is the broken heart on the computer. X)

It's so awesome for me to

Comment by Cheri (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 16:33

It's so awesome for me to have found Johnny Wander without having to actually look for it.

I've missed Yuko's stuff since Fallen POOFED. =[

Oh, and thanks for filling in for Hawk, Yuko!

Also, the last panel is the most horribly cute thing in the world.

Man, I'm the same way.

Comment by Caitlin (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 16:40

Man, I'm the same way. Unless it's fairly strong, I can't smell it. Once in a while my sense of smell kicks in and starts working, but other than that it's practically non-existent. Taste doesn't seem to have anything wrong with it. I can't figure out why.

To say that you can't taste

Comment by WiseHacker (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 00:54

To say that you can't taste if you can't smell is a myth. The arguement is that taste and smell is 80% related.

Trouble is, most people over look the 20% independence they have. So if you can't smell, there is still a strong chance you can taste.

Hahaha so awesome. I don't

Comment by Nik (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 17:08

Hahaha so awesome. I don't even remember how I found Johnny Wander (maybe Ananth's twitter?) but I love every one! This is the first to make me comment though. I definitely agree with pretty much everything said about the second panel... love the expression and the broken heart! Similar story: my college roommate was completely colorblind (he saw in greyscale, basically) and we'd tend to forget that too. He was a good sport and would just make everyone else feel bad about it though. Nothing quite like making people feel guilty I guess.

Conrad's lack of smell

Comment by Conrad's very proud Mom (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 18:08

Our tragic hero had many allergies and ear infections as a small child. This, apparently, was the cause of his inability to smell most things. The exception was hot vinegar (when he put his face right over it and inhaled greatly).

Yuko - LOVE the eyes!!

Poor poor poor Conrad

Comment by Decad (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 18:25

That must have sucked immensely...especially if the ear infections were those really really bad ones that ooze.

But what you said suggests his allergies just went poof and disappeared one day? o_O

Nope, allergies still

Comment by conrad Fri, 01/23/2009 - 10:05

Nope, allergies still around. Actually, Yuko's mom bought me a three-month supply of Claritin for Christmas. I swear, that family is 80% responsible for my continued survival. XD

Bummer dude

Comment by Decad (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:47

My old man has cat allergies and surrounds himself with cats (dam masochist...) so I can imagine what it must be like for you.

Have this coupon for a free hug. Only redeemable at certain hug retailers inside the EU.

I was totally going to guess

Comment by Michael M. (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 19:21

I was totally going to guess allergies! Oh well.

You're not missing much, Conrad, I swear.



Comment by Softspoken (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 02:39

Aw, that's just mean Michael. Maybe Conrad has exemplary vision / hearing to make up for his lack of smell?

The new Marvel hero!

Comment by Decad (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 08:52

So he's like Daredevil except better written.

Conrad: Actually 5

Comment by conrad Fri, 01/23/2009 - 10:04



Comment by Michael M. (not verified) Sat, 01/24/2009 - 01:41


That is cruel, Mike.

Comment by Cat (not verified) Mon, 01/26/2009 - 05:45

That is cruel, Mike.



Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 06/16/2009 - 22:12

I have no sense of smell---sorta. About 95% of the time I smell nothing, 2.5% of the time I smell the right thing and about 2.5% of the time I smell the wrong thing. I have met one other person like this.

I was in an accident where I damaged my nose as a child, and I always assumed that my lack of a sense of smell came from that, but I also had many ear infections. So many, and so serious that my ear drums actually ruptured due to the pressure.

Also, studies have been done linking smell to memory. Many people with a sense of smell claim that many memories are linked strongly to scents. I hypothesize that the reverse is true--those of us with a lack of a sense of smell might have memory troubles. Is this true of conrad?

For example, I cannot remember things chronologically. For example, if I was injured and had to go to the hospital, I might remember the hospital visit occurring BEFORE the injury, though of course I would logically know this to be impossible and correct this memory in any retelling of the tale, but in day to day things, like conversations or instructions for example, it can be very difficult for me to function without written instructions.

What other problems does conrad have linked to lack of sense of smell?

Poor Conrad

Comment by Decad (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 18:20

Poor poor Conrad :(

In the event I'm ever in that area remind to give him a hug and see what happens when I apply electrical stimulation to the areas of the brain that handle the sense of smell oh and direct links between the olfactory sensors in the nose and the brain.

Can he smell ghosts, though?

Comment by Peter (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 18:28

Can he smell ghosts, though?


Comment by Ananth Thu, 01/22/2009 - 18:39



I'm totally the same way, it

Comment by Das Ganon (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 18:32

I'm totally the same way, it sucks some times... although being in an area where the 3 common smells are manure, burning petroleum products, and skunks.... not a problem.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 18:35

My boyfriend has the same thing; he blames the chronic childhood bronchitis medicine. He can only smell something if it's super-strong. Like skunk. x_x

Yea, I guess people with

Comment by conrad Fri, 01/23/2009 - 10:03

Yea, I guess people with upper-respiratory problems are more prone to this. Still, it's interesting that so many people share my plight. I always assumed it was a Tobias Funke Never-Nude situation. :x


Comment by OrcishIncubus (not verified) Sat, 01/24/2009 - 01:36

Tobias got over that... unless he got it again in another season, still going through the first season...

(I laughed out loud at that...)


Comment by stevehill (not verified) Sat, 01/24/2009 - 15:33

Now I have to go watch that show all over again. Thanks. XD