Yet Another Data Point That Orvan Ain’t Exactly Normal
There is a shirt with the text “Trying to understand some people is like trying to smell the color 9.”
I started thinking about that. And after rejecting synesthesia, what might it mean in non-insane terms?
The color 9 is readily resolved by way of the resistor color code. The “color 9” is white.
And what does white smell like? Here, it’s chemistry’s turn. White, nowadays (now that “white lead” is no longer used) means titanium dioxide in many if not most cases. So, what does titanium dioxide smell like? Well… nothing, really. I asked someone who uses the stuff rather directly and got told it was rather heavy but had no characteristic odor. And we’d all have noticed ages ago as just about everything made to be white, has TiO2 there for that.
So it really is difficult or impossible to smell the color 9, even after some translation.