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What's it Wednesday

by Dawn Farmer

Rho – we got our own tag now!

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  1. Actually, leave it to Rho to be able to read the “100 mL” and the upside-down “Chanel” off the bottom of the bottle.

    The only question is whether it’s actually perfume or something else – I’m not sure that I’ve seen perfume in 100 mL bottles. Cologne for teenaged boys can be purchased by the barrel (and many of them seem to bathe in it), but Chanel perfume?

  2. I would hazard a guess that this is a fuel container for Dawn’s space ship–you can see the fuel line there inside. I can see why Rho is interpreting the writing as “Chanel” but it is instead, as best as I can render it:
    CHβˆ€ΠΈE ⇃00 Ο‰|
    Hopefully Ubertramp can provide us with a translation. πŸ™‚

  3. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. I agree with Rho that this is some sort of bottle from Chanel. The unit on the bottle (ml) is most likely Earth SI units. The plastic tube in the bottle certainly suggests that it is some sort of dispenser and perfume certainly makes sense.

    I don’t know a whole lot about perfume, so for all I know, this is just the supply Dawn uses for the various TI functions. If that is the case, she probably doesn’t wear a lot of it because the pheromones in most perfumes would interfere with the effects of many ceremonial incense.

    However, there could be another use. Certain Earth-based perfumes are worth quite a bit on the off-world black market. Not because any particular affinity for the scent. But rather the reverse.

    This is especially true in the Rykah sector (not far from the remnants of what we call the Cassiopeia A supernova). Several species in the area have an extremely developed sense of smell. They have discovered that adding specific Earth-based perfumes to a cocktail of additives prolongs the half life of the scent considerably. Up to months at a time, actually.

    This has led to the use of Chanel #5 as a biological marker for prison inmates. Basically, prisoners are sprayed with the concoction every 60 days or so. As much of the general population is highly sensitive to this particular scent, escape convicts are easily found and/or avoided. Since the initiation of the Chanel program, prison escapes in the Rykah sector has dropped off to near zero. However, as you might expect, the local version of the ACLU has been trying to limit its use, charging that it is cruel and unusual punishment.

  4. Chanel #5 as a biological marker is downright frightening – especially if those poor inmates ended up looking anything like Nicole Kidman. πŸ™‚

    For the record – Brian you are right about the size of the bottle and it not being perfume. That much real perfume would spoil before it could be worn – well I guess unless you wear a super obnoxious amount of it… That is an eau de toilette – even that is hard to use up before the bottle goes off.

    It’s really part of my earth camouflage kit. Spray a little cloud of it, walk through it and my ability to blend in is complete. πŸ™‚

    • I was running in the morning a couple of weeks ago when I passed by a woman waiting for the bus to come. There was a headwind as I approached her and I smelled her perfume a good 150 feet from the bus stop. I still smelled it a good 15-20 feet upwind too, although how much of that was her and how much of it was parasitic odor on my running clothes and trapped in my sinuses I couldn’t tell you.

      To anyone with children, please, PLEASE, for the love of all you consider holy, teach your children how to properly wear perfume or cologne. And in no situation should they be used as a substitute for bathing!

  5. Brian – with so many folks with allergies or asthma these days, really it’s not appropriate to wear perfume anymore. Many places of employment even ban the stuff. One really should not be smelled before seen! πŸ™‚

  6. Chanel does research in flux capacitors? Well, that would certainly explain why perfume seems to cost so damned much. Especially for what is essentially water, alcohol, dead plant parts, and animal sweat. πŸ™‚

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