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06 August 2007 @ 11:34 pm
i know not this 'atmospheric gas' of which you speak  

I keep getting pulled out of SGA fics because of people smelling of 'ozone.'

Yeah, that stuff in the atmosphere - considering there's hardly enough to cover the planet any more, how can it be spared for perfume? Regardless, has anyone smelled ozone, and if so, can they give me some frame of reference? The closest I'm getting is 'rain on warm tarmac' and let me tell you, I would not find that attractive.

I'd also like to know why every boy d'une certaine age LOVES The Shawshank Redemption, but I think that's a mystery woman should not wot of.
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someone's always looking for DB Coopernumena on August 6th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
"I keep getting pulled out of SGA fics because of people smelling of 'ozone.'"

So, I'm not the only one! It always strikes me as strange -- I mean, if I recall third-grade science class correctly low-level ozone is a pollutant that can make people sick. Whenever I read that I think of smog and LA. (Although according to my great aunt ozone smells like Long Island. Or the sea. Or both.) Maybe I'm just missing some slang definition here.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Rodney: I like foodscoradh on August 7th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
I think it's a cool word but - and I can see I shall be oft repeating myself down these replies - I reckon people smell of two things: their own sweat (also see: their own sweat imprinted on unwashed clothes) or a perfume/deodorant/aftershave/other chemical scent. I kinda always had a problem with the laundry lists of smells anyway - I'm reading with my minds trying to catalogue smells and screaming 'I can't keep up I can't keep up have they shagged yet?'

Anyway. :P
(no subject) - scoradh on August 7th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Grand High Supreme and Mighty Empress Connieconuly on August 6th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
Ozone is what you smell after a rainstorm that makes it all smell so fresh and clean. Well, it's not, actually, but that's what people are thinking of.
xanphibian on August 7th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
(no subject) - scoradh on August 7th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
The girl with the thorn in her side: Nokoru = Put on your thinking cap!search_soleil on August 6th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
This bothers me, too!

To me, ozone is the smell of artificially cleaned air (around air purifiers, etc.). I also associate it with thunderstorms, or the air around something with really strong electricity. It's not really pleasant to me because it doesn't seem quite natural, but it does smell very clean.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Death of Ratsscoradh on August 7th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Can't recall that I've ever been around an air purifier actually - although call me on that when I've worked in a hospital for a while. :D Ditto thunderstorms. But I can remember that sharp smell from one or two. It just does not seem like something that would emanate from people.
(no subject) - search_soleil on August 8th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
Kladyphoenixia on August 7th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Ozone is a type of pollution down here, actually, particularly in summer 'caus it's caused by the interaction of vehical emissions with sunlight. It's really rather hazardous, and it does have quite a sharp smell... which one would try to avoid, really.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Black Booksscoradh on August 7th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, SUNLIGHT. It has been so long. The sun has been MIA here since April. *woeface* What was I saying?

Yeah, again, could people smell of it? If they say rubbed themselves with an exhaust pipe and stood on a beach?
Difatomelette on August 7th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
I don't know what it smells like but it's toxic and a respiratory irritant. So the idea of it being used as a perfume makes me laugh.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue haired boy w/ phonescoradh on August 7th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't think the intention of the authors was ever that it was a perfume per se. Just that people smelled of it. Maybe more metaphorically than actually.

Unless you were one of those radioactive superheroes, then I can see it having quite the Lynx effect.
Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)elucreh on August 7th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
There are ozone scents out there--like perfume and stuff--and yeah, I think what they're aiming for is "after rain/washed clean."

Not terrifically logical, but.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Entourage: Eric/Vincescoradh on August 7th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
*thoughtful* I've had some time to contemplate this and yes. When all's said and done rain is nice - one can definitely have too much of it when you live on an island beside the Atlantic ocean - but I'd rather smell of Lancome Hypnose, kthanxbi.
Serenia: Golden Pairserenia on August 7th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
I thought The Shawshank Redemption was a wonderful movie, although I haven't read the book.

The smell of rain on the road or footpaths isn't commonly thought of as a 'pleasant' smell, but to me, it's comforting and wonderful because it means we've had some of the rain that we so desperately need. So it's a happy soul association nonetheless. For me, anyway. That said, when I lived in Whyalla (in the desert in SA), I would actually go out and dance in the rain when it rained, because it was such a rare occurrence!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Candy lipsscoradh on August 7th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
I've seen I think the end of the movie - if there's something about a box and a tree - and not read the book. The issue just came up peripherally because I've seen yet another of my male friends from class list the film on his favourites on bebo. I don't get the kudos of it. Doesn't it have some full on homosexual undertones, like?

I'd go out and dance when it stopped raining here, only I, like everyone else, is too busy trying to grow a freckle or an inch of tan. Seriously. Wish we could send you even half our rain - we wouldn't miss it.
(no subject) - serenia on August 8th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
Helenhelenish on August 7th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
huh - this is interesting, because it seems like there's a consensus about the fresh rain business, but I always read it as a stale, sharp smell, like the inside of an airport, or the way your clothes smell after being on an airplane. I never thought it was supposed to be pleasant at all - more of a tough-guy-manly-sweat-workin'-hard-blowing-up-shit-with-jumpers-saving-Atlantis kind of smell.

Which I guess makes as much sense as the fresh rain smell, I guess.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: SGA: Two of usscoradh on August 7th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: ozone
Speaking as someone who has far too intimate a knowledge of people who regard personal hygiene as a hobby rather than a necessity of life, I must say I agree on the 'unpleasant' call. It also makes more sense than people smelling of rain, which I consider technically impossible. Maybe I'll think of it as Pegasus galaxy sweat and leave it at that.
サマンサックスomnipresentdmat on August 7th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Have you thought about posting this on fanficrants? Because it would fit in very well. And I want to smell me some ozone now. I'm curious.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bookishscoradh on August 7th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: ozone
Well, no, because I'm not ranting. (I'm just blunt, I think, which is why I got so many people's backs up with the PDA post.) I was just curious, because once I knew I would be able to read in comfort. The answers haven't been entirely conclusive, however. O wellz.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue kissscoradh on August 7th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
I really gotta watch it.

Heroes, too.
Verdeniaverdenia on August 7th, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)
I'd say ozone is what you smell after a lightning storm, more specifically. A rather sharp clean smell.
Oh, and I continue to love "may contain nuts". It helped me rather a lot in dealing with Book 7, matter of fact. ;D
I came over to tell you that--I recced it to someone at Prophecy this weekend. ;D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bookishscoradh on August 7th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
A bit like Gaultier², then? :P

Thanks a million! I'm hope however it was liked it as much as you. Fic as therapy - who'd a thunk?
(no subject) - verdenia on August 7th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - scoradh on August 7th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Pink parasolscoradh on August 7th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
*shrugs* There's loads of films I now can't separate from the books. Sometimes it's a good thing, sometimes bad, usually in-between. Like, I'll never again be able to picture Legolas as anything but O Bloom in a blonde wig.

I've never actually seen or read the Shawshank Redemption; I was just wondering at its crazy-seeming popularity among boys my age.
vickyduckyvickyducky on August 7th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Well I'm not sure what the author(s) in question mean but I think that back when sea bathing first became popular (early 19th century?) the thing that was so good for you about the sea-side was supposed to be the ozone! So I think it's meant to be the invigorating salt sea air. That's what it always makes me think of anyway.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Comic stripscoradh on August 7th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Now that at least I can buy. You spend a day at the beach, you do end up smelling like it. You get within ten miles of a beach and you can smell it, actually. Must be all the fish.
Eli/Ellie/ellie_norellie_nor on August 7th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Ozone is also produced by old style photocopiers, running full tilt. Down here at earth level, there's too much of it, up there in the atmosphere, there's not enough of it.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Jane Austenscoradh on August 7th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
That smell kind of makes my eyeballs itch and again, I've never seen 'essence of photocopier' in Brown Thomas. Another one to chalk up to fandom crazy, like the amazing bulging prostates.
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