Articles to read when you need to be distracted: edition on the senses

Need a break from thinking about all the things at once? Take a moment to focus more on your senses.

Photo by Ash from Modern Afflatus on Unsplash


Ever since recently losing a sense for ten months (my sense of smell: thanks a lot, covid-19), I’ve been intrigued by our senses and fascinated by how little I appreciated all the things they do. So, I’ve collated for you ten articles about the senses – from smell to time. I hope you enjoy them.

How does Jelly Belly make new jelly bean flavors? You can learn the answer in this short article

Have you wondered whether wine drinkers can tell red and white wines apart without looking at them? The author of this article has.

Did you know that your kidneys can smell? Here’s an article that contains this fun fact but focuses on the impact that covid-19 has had on how we understand our sense of smell.

Have you ever wondered why English speakers don’t differentiate yellowish-green from green? Maybe you should! Check out these two blog posts for more (part 1, part 2).

Have you ever considered navigating by sound instead of by sight? Daniel Kish has. Read more here.

Have you ever wished you had a better sense of direction or orientation? Some say technology might be able to help you with that.

Did you know that people tend to sniff their hands after giving a handshake? This article, which centers on the author’s experience at a smell-dating event, is a fun introduction to the world of smell. (there are lots of mentions of sex in this article, so may be best to read when no curious eyes are around) (it also talks about newborns, so skip it if that will be difficult for you)

Did you know that some people feel pain all the time, while others feel no pain at all, and that scientists are learning from the second group to help the first? Read more here. (mentions dying by suicide)

What is up with our sense of time? Read on. (describes a traumatic accident; also has some language and a joke about suicide)


If you’re looking for more things to read as you reset, check out the other posts in this series:
articles to read when you need to be distracted: recent history edition
articles to read when you need to be distracted: animal edition

articles to read when you need to be distracted: sports edition
articles to read when you need to be distracted: food and restaurant edition

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