This Invention Doesn’t Pass The Smell Test (Limerick)

This Invention Doesn’t Pass The Smell Test (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

I’m vexed and a little perplexed
By the concept of smells sent by text.
I do not mean to vent,
But don’t send me a scent,
Or our friendship is apt to be exed.

(Harvard engineering professor David Edwards and co-inventor Rachel Fields have invented an aromatic mobile messaging device called an oPhone that sends and receives scents.)

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14 Responses to “This Invention Doesn’t Pass The Smell Test (Limerick)”

  1. Oooo…imagine what you could do to someone you don’t like! Fartograms!

  2. HA says:

    Whoop! Well, I wouldn’t like scented messages either. If only someone would send me a letter with a few flower petals, I’d be quite delighted. :-)

  3. Bjorn says:

    I there are smells I could accept, and there are those that I could live without… But Cosmo really made me declare a solid no to this invention

  4. hmm I can’t conceive of ever having a use for such a thing. But I can also see it becoming one of those fad crazes and being driven nuts with crazy combos of perfume randomly everywhere you go. I’m with you though, leave me out of it.

  5. Steve King says:

    I’m with you, Madeleine. Nice job of poking fun at it.
    Steve K.

  6. Amazing concept! And what a deft response to it. :)

  7. Sumana Roy says:

    I wouldn’t mind such a phone but then….better not to use it :D

  8. Oh my goodness, what next? I’m with you – no scents, please! I have enough to contend with with my dog, at this end!

  9. Gillena Cox says:

    Would’t want any ole scented message myself
    Have a nice Sunday

    Much love…

  10. Susan says:

    I read about this. For some reason it sounds worse than 3-D weapons. Odd that.

  11. Jamztoma says:

    Wow, that must be something. Sending scents through electronic means? I don’t know if I should be happy or sad but either way, love the limerick.

  12. z. alexi says:

    Don’t buy new PCs w/this filter. Snailmail me a powerful cocktail of memories & emotions…any insidious scent delivery fwd’d our way & we will haunt you. Got an urge to deliver something? Krispy Kreme it is!

  13. ZQ says:

    I don’t think so… can’t we leave some shit alone :-)

  14. Anna :o] says:

    Did not know of this ?wonderful invention…don’t think I want to.
    Brilliant limerick BTW.
    Anna :o]