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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


He steals it

Comment by MarkyMark (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 18:37

The last time I remember Conrad saying he could smell is in August when I had a bad sinus infection and lost my sense of taste & smell for about a week.

I'm quite certain that conrad stole my sense of smell for that week.

 Hahaha, I remember that! 

Comment by Ananth Thu, 01/22/2009 - 18:38

 Hahaha, I remember that! 


Comment by Pooky (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 12:58

The problems with the sence of smell related to the respiratory system seem to ease down right after some sorts of small infections. Those might be one of the few times when sence of smell is available.


Comment by Pupsqueak (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 19:02

Perhaps this is why weird/cool things happen when you guys wander around in public? (Alternately, it could all be part of his latent mutant powers...)

The Laptop of Broken Hearts

Comment by Sovy Kurosei (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 19:35

The Laptop of Broken Hearts makes a comeback!

no smelly sucks!

Comment by Nivoset (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 20:05

I'm about the same way really, lame sense of smell. sometimes it works. most of the time nothing at all.


Comment by Stevehill (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 22:24

Conrad had to remind me all the time. I'm the exact opposite - my sense of smell is a little too strong. I smell things all the time and wonder where they're coming from, so I likely asked Conrad in passing somewhere around once a week if "he could smell that." "Dude, I can't smell things." "Oh, sorry." Although, I bet it makes drinking strong liquor a lot easier XD

OH! That is so SAD I cannot

Comment by Allison (not verified) Thu, 01/22/2009 - 23:00

OH! That is so SAD I cannot even contain myself!!

I laughing out of sad and pity for him. And that sad face. D:

I notice you drew Conrad

Comment by Ellery (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 03:13

I notice you drew Conrad without nostrils. That would easily explain his lack of smell. :P

Taste - Smell

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 04:16

It's all about texture.

Conrad is the second me!

Comment by Paarasyte (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 08:14

I just HAD to comment on this comic (for the 1st time ever) because i thought it could SO be about me. seriously, just like conrad i do not have a sense of smell yet i can taste just fine. but then again how can i really tell?
Also most people keep forgetting this fact and often ask me if i can smell 'that'. Only the joke always goes on expense of the one who asked. Because im all like "yeah. yeah that totally smells like someone whos gonna be sooo embarrassed in about 2 seconds." blush "ohmigoood i am sooo sorry. aah stupid me! sorry sorry sorry." makes me lol so hard every time. It just works EVERY time. i mean i dont feel offended or anything at all, i basically dont give a damn about not being able to smell. I dont know what i miss so how can i miss it? Most time its a big advantage anyway.

well, that strip was a good laugh. thanks for that you guys. And yuko ...i just love your art. Your characterdesign is so adorable. I'd really love to see more of that. Is johnny wander and the recent applegeeks all youve got on the intarwebs or is there more to find (like deviantart)?

guys, keep it up with the kickassness! =]

Ah, this is the sort of

Comment by W. Davies (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 08:33

Ah, this is the sort of institutionalised mockery we anosmics have come to expect from The Man.

It's a vicious cycle of hurtful name calling and rumour mongering, none of which has any basis in fact except for that thing with the dogs. That whole dog thing is true and especially the part with the peanut butter.


Comment by conrad Fri, 01/23/2009 - 09:59

Sssshhhh, don't tell them about the dogs and the peanut butter they're not part of the club!!! :O

Lucky ones

Comment by Suki (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 09:10

Lol i rather have no sniffer than one sometimes... if your mom works at a flavor and fragance company..its horror... i smell like.... 50 types of fragances that most are not food D< ITS HORRIBLEEEE D:

If we'd been smart, we

Comment by Yenian (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 09:52

If we'd been smart, we would've teamed Conrad and Yuko during the wine tasting party last year. He can't smell and she can't drink, so if we'd put them together we could have had one whole wine taster.

Alas, I think Yuko teamed up with John.

loved the fillers you did

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 10:04

loved the fillers you did over at Applegeeks

The Smelling Impaired Unite!

Comment by Zak (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 10:19

wouldn't it be great if we could get handicapped parking? Or at least an extra scoop of ice cream to compensate...


Comment by HEss (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 10:33

This comic struck such a cord with me! my friend has the same problem and i'm constantly putting my foot in my mouth by remarking on the smells of things. Anyway, I showed it to him and he thought it was hilarious, to the point where he printed it off and its now hanging next to his desk. I'm loving this series. Keep it up.

The world's tiniest fiddle

Comment by Chris (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:10

The world's tiniest fiddle started playing when I read the second panel. Poor Conrad.

Anyway, I really like Johnny Wander so far. Yuko's work for AG is ridiculously awesome as well. Nice comic, guys!

I have the EXACT SAME

Comment by Miri (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:27

I have the EXACT SAME problem XD
my friends always forget too, its kind of amusing

I have the same thing!

Comment by Pooky (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 12:43

It is passed down the in my mother's family line. It is related to nasal sinuses(sinusi nasali, whatever). The sence of smell is registered only in the upper(internal, of course) part of the nose, hence when the air circulation is diturbed(or rather blocked) by the nose's structures(individual build of the nose varies) you do not register the smell. It is a funny thing. We personally laugh about it.


Comment by Mank (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 12:53

Sometimes I wish I didn't have a sense of smell either. I'm sure Conrad's dodging a bullet most of the time.

Poor Conrad! / Great job on AG Yuko!

Comment by Evan Snow (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 15:41

So, if someone really let one rip next to Conrad, what would he do? Would his eyes begin to water? Would he feel faint and have no idea why his skin was peeling? What if he wasn't "thorough" when wiping? Poor, poor Conrad!


Comment by Dr3w (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 16:00

You... really thought about that waaaay too much, I think. =X

And Yuko, I agree with everyone else... who needs Hawk drawing Applegeeks? I say you should overthrow him!!! I love your art style!

Naw man, Applegeeks is all

Comment by Ananth Fri, 01/23/2009 - 16:02

Naw man, Applegeeks is all Hawk! It wouldn't be the same without him!

On the subject of that fellow

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

How is he taking Steve Jobs practical resignation and declining health?
Odds on the old guy returning are slim. Considering Hawks....absurd love of Apple products (a mystery to me to be honest) I imagine he can't be taking it well.

Seriously has nobody ever showed him Linux?


Comment by conrad Sat, 01/24/2009 - 11:43

We use a lot of the Adobe production suite to do our jobs (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash), so we're kind of stuck in a Windows v. OSX situation. I use XP at home, OSX at work. Hawk went for all-Apple. Your operating system is just a tool to complete a task, and our task requires a different tool. :)

Hehehe you has the key to the chain

Comment by Decad (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 00:12

GIMP beats Photoshop hands down. Its just getting used to it.
A lot of the Adobe image programs have Linux equivalents and what doesn't have an equivalent can probably be run in WINE (WINE is a Win32 compatibility layer for Linux letting you run Windows programs natively). Its not perfect but most things work ok in it. Check the WineAppDB at

latest one I find mentioned in the DB (with a cursory search) is Flash Professional 8 which has a platinum score (meaning it works with no probs) but some of the results are gold (works fine minor bugs nothing serious) so either way you should be fine.

In other words I am trying to sink my open source fangs into you to spread the cancer as Microsoft and Apple like to call it! (even though Mac OSX is built on Unix...)

Well thats confusing to say the least

Comment by Decad (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 10:42

Apple releasing anything even under a very restrictive license is very unusual o_O
Support for generic hardware also goes against their softwares EULA which states you can't run any Mac OS on non-Apple hardware. Very odd.

And yeah looking it up now Flash CS4 is still rather buggy in WINE. Oh well everyone gets stuck with using Windows at some point anyways, I imagine even Hawk has a Windows box hidden somewhere.

Na, Apple's been pretty good

Comment by conrad Sun, 01/25/2009 - 11:14

Na, Apple's been pretty good about releasing the internals under an open licence since they took large sections of the BSD kernel to create Darwin. The generic-hardware-support kernel was perhaps an unintended side-effect, but the fact that its still around shows that Apple isn't dumb enough to jump on anyone for extending their code.

That is very very odd

Comment by Decad (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 11:54

This is unusual behaviour for Apple I'll say that again lol. Previously they've done nothing but block people from working with their software and now they do this. Maybe its true and Steve really has gone cos he was always the micro-managing megalomaniac...

Also makes you think about the rumours of Gates leaving Microsoft because he didn't think there's a future in proprietary software any more.

We live in strange times it seems.

Illegit Apples

Comment by Nanashi (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 15:52

I am actually not surprised about Windows and Mac getting completely wasted and having an illegitimate child. Once, I went into an Apple store with a messed up Ipod. Because I used a PC, the tech guy had to use the bastard computer of the store, which was a Mac running Windows XP.

Apple are like that

Comment by Decad (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 16:04

Its their vendor lock in habit. Apple tries too hard to force their customers into vendor lock in. Doesn't iTunes still force you to download Safari and Quicktime?

Funny indeed, the coincidence...

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 10:21

It's funny, this is the first time (I know of, at least) that someone espousing the values of the GIMP did not immediately precipitate a flame war.

They usually go hand in hand.

Now he is "break-even"

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 10:23

+10 to Conrad for diffusing the open source flame bomb.


Comment by Decad (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 10:44

Open source flame bomb?

Is normal people's impression of open source software that bad? Bloody hell reminds me of the times when Microsoft really pushed their anti-open source campaign and it almost got to the stage where saying you molested kittens would get you less angry stares

True true

Comment by Decad (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 12:09

People do tend to loose their objectivity in this thats for certain. Some people just like being able to look at the source code and make improvements/changes based on their or other users desires and not have to rely on a company whose only motive is profit.

Microsoft and Apple have been "stealing" open source code or ideas that started in the open source community for years now leading to a joke amongst some of new ideas flowing in the following order: Linux => Apple (if Steve thinks its pretty) => that ternary OS barely anyone develops for => Microsoft

Still at least the internet is run on open source. Windows server edition and whatever strange server offering Apple do are still the minority in that field *waves his Tux flag*

At the end of the day people will use what they're used to and what they feel comfortable with. That's why OpenOffice.Org looks so much like Microsoft Office. Sure you get the open source loving types who scream that it's killing innovation (Alexi's ghost I hate how that word is used these days...) but just I say point out an alternative then who gives a flying dutchmans shit what happens afterwards? If they use that instead they use that if they don't they don't and getting all rabid over it will change nothing except make Microsoft and Apple start calling the open source community a cancer again.

Color me confused.

Comment by Halconnen (not verified) Mon, 01/26/2009 - 15:03

I know that according to statistics, RedHat and friends are supposed to be very common on servers, but from my experience 100% of the IT companies who'se server rooms I ever got a peek into (only about 6) run either Win 2k/NT or Win2k3 on the majority of the network, with maybe a Linux box or two sewn in for testing and random oddjobs, much to my own confusion.

Even the Backend of my school is 100% microsoft. <.<

Did I just see the wrong companies? D:


Comment by Decad (not verified) Mon, 01/26/2009 - 15:32

Some companies stick to Windows because it makes them feel safe (the whole "WE PAID! IT MUST BE WorTH SOMETHING!" belief) and schools are always behind on tech. Also remember its web servers not network servers that Linux holds the kings crown for, although as virtualisation kicks off thats probably going to change as neither Microsoft nor Apple have anything thats much good in that field.

Apparantly five of the most reliable net companies (in america) run on Linux too.

No, he's not kidding. I live

Comment by conrad Fri, 01/23/2009 - 17:18

No, he's not kidding. I live in fear of that wiping thing every day of my life. XD

My sense of smell is

Comment by Lepus (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 20:32

My sense of smell is actually really weak, too. I can't even tell if something (milk, sandwich meats, etc.) is bad. I can smell a little, but in general we're in the same boat.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 22:16

I've never heard of a person without smell.... I feel bad. But, then again he'll never know what garbage smells like.


Comment by Vyedr (not verified) Fri, 01/23/2009 - 22:47


I've been saving all of our

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Sat, 01/24/2009 - 20:53

I've been saving all of our calendars for the past few years. At some point I will scan them and then a horrible album of defaced kittens and tango dancers will be made on the internet.

Exactly the same.

Comment by jGolrathF (not verified) Sat, 01/24/2009 - 13:12

I know a bunch of people have already said that they have the exact same...condition as Conrad but I figured I'd add myself to the list. Perhaps this will be the beginnings of some sort of support group. My one thing is that when my smell does kick in it seems to be better than just about anyone else. Well Conrad your not alone...and if worse to come to worse we can always start a ghostbuster business.

He can smell with his Ears,

Comment by KrazyKzilla (not verified) Sat, 01/24/2009 - 18:43

He can smell with his Ears, so whatever he eats and can taste would have to be screaming.

Unable to Smell

Comment by Martin (not verified) Sat, 01/24/2009 - 21:38

I grew up with a heavy smoker, so I have an extremely dulled sense of smell myself. It sucks when you think you might be missing out on some great scents, but when someone lets one rip it's hard not to be just a little bit thankful.

Poor Conrad.

Comment by Louis (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 02:19

MOST REPEATED SUBJECT LINE EVERRR. But, yeah, I have a massive cold right now, it sucks having to taste without smell. I can't tell if I'm making something too strong/hot until it's in my mouth and I'm choking like a fish in air. Except for my awesome cough syrup. Mmmmm licorice. I bet even Conrad could smell it, it's so powerful.


Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 04:44

I bet he really can't.


Conrad is currently my

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 01/25/2009 - 22:26

Conrad is currently my favorite character because of this comic :)
I too have no sense of smell ^_^ And if I do get an occasional whiff of something, no one else smells it until much later :\ FUTURE SMELLERS FTW

ILU Conrad!