Believe it or not, there’s a word for the smell of the outdoors after a rain. It’s called geosmin, and perfumers have managed to find a combination of chemicals to recreate it in a bottle. The smell after a rain is very familiar to all people, and usually quite pleasant because we know what it means. The taste of pure rain is like nothing, and please don’t drink it after it has run down your roof or through the gutters. The smell we recognize as fresh rain requires a world of nature, but the actual components of geosmin taste terrible. The earth is full of things we don’t want to eat, like soil, leaves, and tons of bacteria. The smell of rain is good to us because of its implication. Adam Ragusea explains all of this in detail in this video. There’s an ad from 3:30 to 4:30. -via Laughing Squid
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