Around 4 or 5 years ago, I bought some seeds that were said to be the fragrant species of Patchouli. They were duds. At first I thought the seedlings just weren’t old enough to be fragrant yet, but eventually the seed company sent me a notice that they had sent me a different species than advertised.
Finally, a couple of years ago, I bought a small cutting of one of the truly fragrant species (sold to me as: Pogostemon patchouli). It struggled for most of that time, until about a month ago, which was when I put it in a spot that gets much less time in direct sun. It’s also now getting less frequent watering than it used to get, despite reading somewhere that it should be constantly moist. It seems to like the changes. The new leaves are all healthy looking.
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I also have a common Maranta, which I bought a few months ago for the foliage and it’s ability to live in bright shade. There was what I thought was a new leaf growing, and it looked like it was failing to unfurl properly. But then I took a closer look this morning. It’s a flower stalk! I wasn’t expecting flowers!
The Youtube channel, inFact with Brian Dunning, has come out with two recent videos that answer a lot of questions and concerns regarding both aspartame as a food sweetener, and flouridation of drinking water.
Here’s the one on aspartame:
And here’s the one on flouridation of water.
The facts in the second video were especially enlightening, although they both taught me new things.
A very good test for sex-based double standards in a situation, is to imagine the same scenario with the sexes of everyone reversed. Imagine all the men are women, and all the women are men, but with everyone still doing and saying the same things as in the original situation.
Only the sexes are changed, and the results are examined for sexism by asking: “Would people find this just as acceptable (or repugnant) if the sexes were reversed?”.
This test reveals double standards, if they exist, in many types of situations, for instance, the commercial that Mr.Repzion uses as an example in his video. Reversing the sexes shows a situation that would cause a huge outcry of sexism, yet not reversing them is considered completely acceptable if one goes by the silence of the same feminists who would likely explode at the reversed sexes version of the commercial.
An EEG test years ago showed that I have a seizure disorder in my left temporal lobe. I was also told that I react to flashing lights. During the test, I experienced no symptoms at all, so I must assume that most of the time it is symptomless.
My only symptom, which I get only rarely, are smell hallucinations, called phantosmia. Rarer still, and very very lucky on my part, my smell hallucinations are almost all beautifully pleasant smells, like flowers and food and unidentified ‘naturey/woodsy’ nice smells. Only once every ten years or so have I had a brief bad smell hallucination. I have read that most people who get Phantosmia have only bad or disgusting smell hallucinations and that they are usually more frequent than mine. I’m very lucky to not have their variety of the seizure disorder.
The smell hallucinations always last only about one or two intakes of breath and then they are gone. I might have one or a few in a day and then none again for months. I never fall or black out, so I’m also very lucky that it’s a mild disorder that way too.
Anyways, whether it was by coincidence or the strobe lightning moments in the video, the day when I watched it, I had a couple of smell hallucinations, all extremely nice floral ones that I can’t identify. Thanks Schemer! I’ll test it again in a few days. It’ll be interesting to see if I can intentionally induce some phantosmia. :)
I don’t feel at all disadvantaged or disabled by it. I’d rather have it than not. The smells are amazingly nice, and fascinating. It’s a very nice symptom, and as long as I don’t turn into Michael Crichton’s Terminal Man, everything will be alright! :D