Well I have received my second silly question. It’s funny and also impossible to answer.
Name: Grace Nomel
Ask your silly question: Someone I know very recently tried a new coconut health drink for the first time.
On opening the carton of drink and smelling its contents, as you do, she exclaimed,
“That smells hairy”
Staying out of the gutter, I wonder,
Could you help me out with a description of the smell of “hairy” please?
Thank you for your question Grace.
It is definitely a prize winning question but,unfortunately, I haven’t started any prizes yet.
At first glance, this sounds like Synesthesia when one sense can trigger a response from another sense.
Sometimes if someone says a number they experience a taste.
Or even numbers can take on a flavor like chocolate, if it’s an odd number or strawberries for even numbers.
However your friend is making a strange association,it may not be synesthesia.
It could be an over familiarity with hairy coconuts, But :
I think I can reverse engineer this one.
She’s drinking coconut – smells hairy.
She has to drink some hair to see if it smells like coconut.
Try this first before reading further.
If the hair doesn’t smell of coconut I can only conclude that the Coconut health drink that smells ‘hairy’ must be dangerous.
Meaning that the health drink is as dangerous to riding a unicycle on a cliff edge – which could perhaps be conceptual Synesthesia.
Where a person relates the experience of the senses to different unrelated concepts.
The color blue may be ‘falling off a ladder’ for example
or Purple may be overturning in a kayak.
It is much more likely that the coconut health drink reminded her of coconut shampoo.
I do hope you persuaded her to try my suggestion first. There was no reason whatsoever for doing it.
I also hope my answer passed your silly criteria.
Previous Silly question #1 – which was actually quite a sensible question.
Why not ask your own silly question?
You may also have noticed that there is no reason for a hippopotamus crossing sign.