Chilling Thoughts

I don’t know why I find this so scary. But here we go. Off on another strange jog through Carin’s mind.

I had the TV on, and this commercial came on for this new weird thing that some company has that makes air fresheners. Anyway it’s a disk and you put it in this special machine and press a button and it somehow sprays out five different scents, a half hour for each scent.

Ok that doesn’t seem too weird. But here’s where I get kinda freaked out. They call it “scent stories”. And they talk about how they tell you a story with scents. Ok, no. it’s not a story without words, music, or at the very least, pictures. You cannot tell a story with scents, especially not one smell for a half hour. That’s one slow moving story. It would be like me sitting here for a half hour going “Once upon a time, once upon a time, once upon a time, once upon a time…”

I think this is the part where I got freaked out. Someone actually said on the commercial, “I never get bored.” Ok wait a minute. You can sit there and sniff the same thing for a half hour and not get bored? Maybe that smell is going straight to your brain. Maybe it’s not just a smell. Maybe you’d be just as amused by a show about rainforest animals viewed close up with a wide angle lens wearing hats. Ok South Park reference, but I think you get the picture. I just have to wonder, the really evil part of me, whether there’s something else in these scents that we don’t want to know about.

And here’s where it gets really creepy for me. It makes me think of the book “Brave New world”. Anybody remember the feelies? The mindless movies where the people could feel everything..and the scent organs played? And there was more emphasis placed on making the scent organs and the sensations good so the people wouldn’t think? Well now we have scent organs! Aaa!

I don’t seriously think air-freshener companies are out to brainwash us, but it sorta makes me go, what the hell? Am I going nuts? Will they be coming to take me away, ha ha? What do you guys think?

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