"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells." - Dr. Seuss
Question #1614 posted on 11/22/2003 4:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why is it that when you're sick you can't taste as well?


A: Dear Sniffle-up-a-Gus:

Taste is largely augmented by your sense of smell. When you get sick, your nose gets clogged up, and you can't smell, so the olfactory experience that accompanies eating is greatly diminished. It's what allows us to eat a can of cheap, nasty chicken noodle soup that we wouldn't be able to stomach otherwise.

-- The Keeper of Sensorial Pleasures