Do you like the smell of gasoline?
I do a lot of home improvement and stuff like that and I'm around has a lot and I know this is weird, but it's one of my favorite smells. I definitely see why people aren't fans though
The survey result is surprising. I never thought there would be a 50-50 percent chance of people liking and not liking the smell of fuel. I thought people tend to repulse the smell of gasoline naturally. I wouldn't have thought that there would be just as many people who repulse would love the smell of gasoline.
I like the smell of gasoline on nipples. 😱. Just kidding. But when I was younger I loved the smell of exhaust fumes, especially from buses. Weird I know.
What the fuck. Who likes the smell of gas?
My first job in high school was pumping gas. There is something about the smell on my hand that I like. Sounds strange but I like it.
If you smell it, something is leaking or there is incomplete combustion
My old daycare was across the street from a gas station, so the smell is nostalgic
If I smell gas I always light a match to see.....Boom.
I miss the smell of leaded gasoline. That was some potent stuff!
You can still buy leaded gas. That's all I use in all of our off road vehicles
I like the smell of gasoline however it can kill
Mmm...polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons...carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic. In other words, they cause cancer, damage your DNA, and cause developmental disorders. They also happen to be the source of the odor of gas.
A wizard with words. You make it sound so delicious.
Yes, how could you not?
Well, even the odor of gas is harmful to your health, for starters. Cancer, DNA damage, developmental disorders...PAHs are nasty chemicals.
Race gas to be specific
Do you like Avgas? 145 octane purple is my favorite.
I have never heard of avgas. Everything I use is VP 110 leaded or torco gas
Oh. Sorry. From the airport. For piston powered aircraft. They have 100 LL typically. During race season when the old warbirds come out. They have 145 octane. Fully leaded.
Nice! I haven't smelled race gas I don't like. I even like nitro methane even though it burns my eyes really bad lol
Lol. We use nitromethane/alcohol/oil mixture for our 2 stroke remotely controlled airplanes. It's really a sweet smell.
The old rag in a bag
When I was little, I loved it!! (This explains a lot😲!)
I don't mind it but it's something I look forward to when I motor cross
I love it, but my youngest daughter hates it.
Mmmmm I love the smell of 100 octane low lead aviation gasoline.
You should try 145 purple. Wow.
I am a self-described "motorhead", who lives, and breathes motor sports.
A little. Soothing yet volatile.
So, it's Not weird!?!
Hi, my name is JamJay and I enjoy the smell of gasoline.....
Wow. I do like the smell..and I thought I was the only one.
It makes me feel funny, kinda like when I used to climb the ropes in gym class.
Yes, but not diesel
Diesel's okay after it's burnt
Not at all.
Yes. I remember an old grater parked in my grandpa's pasture. As kids, my brother and I liked to open the gas tank and smell the gas. We loved it.
No. It's intentionally unpleasant.
What do you mean intentionally unpleasant?
They don't want anyone trying to drink the stuff. This is also the reason that rubbing alcohol smells nasty. In a similar vein, an odorant is added to natural gas so that leaks can be more easily detected.
Hydrogen sulfide, to be specific.
But natural gas is not gasoline. Having said that, the PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, like benzene) in gasoline are far worse than simply a "bad odor." Hydrogen sulfide smells bad, but it won't harm your health the way PAHs do.
It's my understanding (from living in the middle of the Permian Basin oilfield for 30+ years) that H2S turns to H2SO4 in the lungs and melts them from the inside, killing rapidly. Every drilling site has H2S alarms to warn workers if the drill hits a pocket of it. It has a natural sulfuric rotten-egg smell, and it is never used as fuel.
I don't at all dispute your statements about gasoline, and I respect your knowledge of chemistry, but I think you my have confused H2S with the "natural gas" that is used as fuel, which indeed gets PAHs added. :o)
Well, natural gas is itself odorless; H2S is the odorant. But yes, if there is enough constant exposure or high enough concentrations, such at that from working in an oilfield, that is possible. Non-industry employees likely don't have the exposure to it that they do to gasoline odors, though.
Mr. Academic was striving for Propane, nonane, methane, pentane, all are closer versions what was meant. You're right about H2S being deadly. Less than 1% conc. can kill
I knew they added a smell to natural gas but didn't know it about gasoline. So you're tellin me that the smell of gasoline, the smell that half the people here like, is added and is supposed to smell bad???? I'm not sold
@ chile Yes, that is true. One hopes that you notice the odor before you even get that high in concentration, though.
@ dfish No. The PAHs that are the source of the odor of gasoline are endemic to the refined product. They are not added as an odorant in the same fashion as hydrogen sulfide is to natural gas.
I can't stand the smell.
Yuck! It makes me nauseous.
I drive a gas truck so I'm basically immune to it.
I used to hate it, now I kind of like it. I actually really like it in the context of boats rather than cars. I don't know why since it's essentially the same stuff, but I've always enjoyed the smell of gasoline on my uncle's boat.
Can someone explain the reason why I like the smell of gasoline? Like on a scientific basis. In general, aren't toxic things suppose to repel us? It just seems a bit weird lol
Toxic things only repel us if our ancestors encountered them or alike chemicals with similar scents and the trait for being averse to it was necessary for their survival and passed down to us. I doubt cavemen frequented gas stations, so not in this case. Closest I've heard to a scientific explanation is people associate it with fond childhood memories involving cars, but idk.
That makes good enough sense to me lol
Hm, then I wonder if Native Americans are more likely to enjoy the odor?
I'm also fond of the smell of prop wash when you're behind a C-130 with its ramp down and all 4 engines screaming during engine running onloads/offloads
Yep, kinda. Although I don't like it enough to do the Tommy Boy rendition of Maniac around a gas pump.
I like the smell of napalm. In the morning.
Charlie don't surf!
Wow, this is weird! I actually do kinda like that first smell o' gas, just after I've stuck the nozzle in, and pulled the handle! I don't know why, I only know I do. Now, after the first couple whiffs have wafted up, then I'm good. Too much of a good thing, don'tcha know...😜
gonzo that sounds so sexual when you describe it
It's the most fun I ever have, without laughing!
Avgas and racing fuel, yes
Hoppes #9 turns me on sexually
Wtf??? What's the appeal???
Yes. But I really love the smell of Avgas. It's amazing.
Thought I was the only one. Phew
Jet fuel and gasoline smell so good!
Jet fuel can't smell steel beams
Just post interesting comments and polls and the followers will come...
Not at all. Especially once the cheap kind with alcohol in it gets old and starts to smell a little like varnish. Avgas (100LL) smells pretty good for a few minutes, but then it starts to smell kind of sweet and gets to be too much of a good thing.
I love the smell of 100LL
It alerts me.
Burnt jet fuel, YES!!!!!!
It's addicting huh?