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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



Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Mon, 01/26/2009 - 19:40

I called dibs like ... way before you!

I'm new to reading this

Comment by Sarah (not verified) Mon, 01/26/2009 - 13:50

I'm new to reading this comic, and it's such a weird coincidence that I stumble on this one - I, too, have no sense of smell (and my friends always forget, too... my boyfriend's mother even bought me perfume for Christmas and there was this whole long awkward discussion...)

Conrad, there is love from New Jersey being sent your way.

Comment +1

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

I just wanted to get the 100th comment. n_n Mission accomplished?

D'aww, poor lad, no delicious coffee smells first thing in the morning? No frying fish fingers to wake you from an afternoon's kip?

On the other end of the spectrum, my nose is extra-sensitive. Not perfumier-standard, but close enough to frighten my folks when I'm the only one who smells burning. And enough to make me gag whenever they cook kedgerrie and leave it in the larder opposite my room. Hmm.

Higher power sense of humor.

Comment by Damaged (not verified) Mon, 01/26/2009 - 15:46

I normally have regular smelling skills, lets say on a scale of 1-20 im at 10 normally. But somtimes for no reason it will either Jump to a new height and I can smell what my aunt is cooking a across the street when her doors and windows are closed, To I smell NOTHING!. >> its agrivating esp when I walk into someplace midly unpleasent smelling and then they shoot up to level 20 and I can smell things...I would rather forget. Or when im cooking and waiting for the right aroma before I add somthing ( I was taught to cook mostly on luck)and my smell goes dead and my food dies. :<

so to Conrad I know the pain.

and to Yuko Thank you so much for filling in on Applegeeks your art style is wonderfull and I can't wait to see more.

I too have no sense of

Comment by DescarteZ (not verified) Tue, 01/27/2009 - 13:45

I too have no sense of smell. I don't know what I'm missing, but it does come in handy when you have to go to stinky places.

i also have no sense of

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/27/2009 - 23:38

i also have no sense of smell! no identified reason for it, and it doesn't work even sometimes. you are lucky conrad! at least this way people won't be 'but you miss out on LIFE!!1' all the freaking time. everyone (close family included) forget all the time for me too.

Horray unsmelling peeps

Comment by Joeski (not verified) Mon, 02/02/2009 - 02:15

I lost my sense of smell after a trip through Europe's dirtiest cities. They weren't that interesting, either. (France, the cleanest of the three, was also more interesting. Rome did have good food and a cymbalum player, at least.)

Anywho, I have sinusitis. I can't smell garlic, now. D:
Or any other foods. It makes me sad.

I get the pleasure of old mucus, though, so that's fun.

Now I'm just whining. Blarg. Go Conrad!

That last frame had me

Comment by Mr.MacRoss (not verified) Wed, 02/04/2009 - 15:39

That last frame had me laughing pretty hard! I do feel bad for Conrad, but not bad enough to laugh at him fortunately. ;)

I have the same problem, Due

Comment by Rakurai (not verified) Tue, 02/10/2009 - 06:59

I have the same problem, Due to chronic allergys and a strong bout of bronchitis as a child my sense of smell is shot most of the time along with my respiratory system for the most of's like asthma but it isn't... >.>


Comment by Mattie Sanvidge (not verified) Tue, 04/28/2009 - 15:06

the broken heart on his computer is the best!

Here's another one of the

Comment by Peirrin (not verified) Mon, 05/04/2009 - 20:59

Here's another one of the people with no sense of smell. Or to be more accurate, it comes and goes. Mostly gone though.
Sometimes I smell things that aren't there. Like my mind is making it up out of nostalgia. (I used to have a GREAT sense of smell. It went away about 2 years ago.)
I can still taste BTW, Food just tastes different now. And not as good.

And no one, ever, EVER seems to remember that when they say, "Can you smell that? Doesn't that smell great?" That I'm going to give them that blank stare and say. "No."

And then I'll cry. :{P

Has Conrad been like this his whole life?

Comment by MineTruly (not verified) Tue, 06/02/2009 - 22:45

Has Conrad had this condition since birth? Or did it appear at some point in his life?

Deviated Septum, here

Comment by JesseT77 (not verified) Tue, 06/16/2009 - 15:44

So I'm normally so stuffed up that I can't smell.

But dude! Srsly? "Fifth Sense"?
~~ I smell dead pe.. ~~ *sniff*sniff*.. EWW!

A close friend of mine from

Comment by Nudes (not verified) Wed, 06/17/2009 - 05:26

A close friend of mine from grade school can't smell at all either - and I also never remember even though I've known her for like eight years. I'd hold things up to her face and be all "does this smell funny to you?" and she'd get mad.... many good "oh crap I'm so sorry" moments to be had.

And she could taste just fine, though she eats mostly candy. Perhaps sugar is her strongest tongue-sense, I dunno.

Aw, it's okay. I have the

Comment by Cora (not verified) Thu, 06/18/2009 - 18:39

Aw, it's okay. I have the same problem as well.
It has its upsides. If someone farts I usually can't smell it! Yay!
...Unless it's really really bad. I'm talking deadly. Ew...

I actually have a friend who

Comment by Ruth (not verified) Wed, 07/22/2009 - 16:14

I actually have a friend who can't smell either, at all, though her sense of taste is pretty shitty too. Weird shit.

Late to the party

Comment by Cat (not verified) Thu, 10/22/2009 - 20:32

Wow, I cannot believe how many people read this AND commented who have this problem. I mean, I have it too. Same deal. Pretty sure I can taste, although coffee lacks much of its allure for me because I ONLY get the taste. Can't see worth shit though so no superpowers there.


Sometimes I smell something really, really strongly from the PAST. It's annoying because it won't go away for hours and because there's never any actual smell-related trigger, just usually sight or situations or something.

Anyway this comic sums up things hilariously well.

Those... Those eyes...

Comment by Kerry (not verified) Tue, 11/17/2009 - 17:04

Those... Those eyes... They're like a cross between the eyes of a wounded deer and the eyes of a puppy who's just been kicked. ;_; MY VERY SOUL ACHES JUST LOOKING AT THEM

I've got the same problem. I

Comment by Archarbiter (not verified) Wed, 03/03/2010 - 04:46

I've got the same problem. I can taste fine but I couldn't smell rotten eggs if you put 'em in my face.

Yeah, that is weird

Comment by Danny (not verified) Sat, 08/07/2010 - 11:05

I have mostly the same problems. For the most part I can't smell anything unless you put it right under my nose AND it's a particularly strong smell.

It's fairly convienient as far as I'm concerned. I can't remember ever being able to smell so it's not like I know what I'm missing. And I don't have to smell the persistently bad stuff, like when we drive by an open sewer and everyone cringes. Or like when I was stationed in Korea and everyone said the country smelled like a mix of pollution and urine.

The only inconvienience I experience is that I don't know if my clothes smell.

I had a teacher

Comment by Grim (not verified) Thu, 10/21/2010 - 12:26

I had a teacher my senior year of high school in English who had no sense of smell either which confused me cause everyone is always like 'you can't taste without smell' but she did just fine it literally took a whole class period once where we all just said how impossible it was and she kept going ''s really not that hard to get' lol


Comment by Chelsea (not verified) Tue, 11/02/2010 - 10:34


... I was born without a sense of smell, and it's the first time I found someone who can relate. Yay Conrad! =)))))

I am Anosmic

Comment by coffeepillow (not verified) Wed, 11/24/2010 - 21:03

I started reading Johnny Wander about a month ago and I've been slowly trying to read all of your posts thus far and I love them all.

I just wanted to say I am anosmic because I have Kallmann's Syndrome, which for some reason a symptom is that I can't smell and never have been able to. Let me just say for anyone reading these comments from this long ago, I must have a lowered ability to taste, but I don't notice at all since I was born with it.

A big part of tasting for me is that there are differing levels of the 5 tastes, different textures, levels of heat, ect... I probably just notice different things than others who can smell. I'm not a picky eater too, I actually like natto.


Comment by MollyDoe (not verified) Tue, 11/30/2010 - 21:20

*pats on back* I feel for you man, I don't have a sense of smell either and people always forget :/


Comment by Jety Lefr (not verified) Wed, 03/23/2011 - 16:53

I'm the exact same way. I didn't know there were other people like me. I'm not alone!

i have the same problem

Comment by paperkats (not verified) Fri, 04/22/2011 - 00:09

i have the same problem c:
annd i can taste too~

my dog diarrhead all over the house once. and i was sitting there for 2 hours and i didnt notice a thing. until my parents came back from work. and they were likeee

we also have dark carpets...


My friend told me once that

Comment by AAA (not verified) Sun, 06/26/2011 - 17:09

My friend told me once that she can't smell anything else but a really strong vanilla. I don't know if it's true but it was really wierd thought. O_o

Smell, I cannot.

Comment by Brian (not verified) Wed, 09/07/2011 - 06:32

I also have no sense of smell most of the time, but as far as I know, I can taste just fine. But then...if I couldn't, would I know?!

I had the same thing when I

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 12/12/2011 - 15:39

I had the same thing when I was in middle school where I could not smell but could tast things better than anyone else. My mom used to say my nose was just for decoration.I finally got the prescription equivalent of flonase and I (almost) could smell everything good or bad.
The End. ;,;

Aww. I get that feeling a

Comment by Kiwi (not verified) Mon, 02/13/2012 - 13:17

Aww. I get that feeling a lot. Especially in microbiology labs, when we're meant to distinguish bacteria by scent... I think I'm gonna fail that lab pretty badly...
Boy I wish I had a sense of smell -.-

Maybe he would be able to

Comment by Emy (not verified) Fri, 01/18/2013 - 07:58

Maybe he would be able to smell things better with more humid air. Actually, all human beings are able to smell better when the air is more humid, so maybe this would help him too?