One part of our nature that drives the human race forward is our desire for experimentation. Sometimes, said experimentation results in competition which is both beneficial for the participants and entertaining to watch for those who are observing. A prime example of such a formula is easily the IBM challenge, where tech guys are square off against a musician in making music with tennis data. I know it sounds weird, but that’s what they are doing in partnership with the Tennis Open.
Now the famous YouTube stars Rhett & Link are participating in an experiment known as the smell-tasting experiment, in which they smell a certain item first (such as an air freshener or liquid smoke) and eat something else which they can’t see (such as a pickle with the air freshener and Jell-O with the liquid smoke).
The video was uploaded on the YouTube channel, Good Mythical Morning (which happens to be the official YouTube channel for Rhett & Link too), on August 26, 2014. It has accumulated almost 1 million views thus far, with more than a quarter of those views being liked. Only about four hundred people didn’t like the video, probably because of the last combination Rhett & Link had. It is also one of the videos on the list for Most Popular Videos on YouTube.
If you didn’t know, there are scientific studies supporting the link between both the sense of taste and smell. That is why some people can’t eat certain foods simply because of the smell. Good example is Limburger cheese, which is said to have a sophisticated sharp yet creamy taste but smells like stinky feet. For this experiment, Rhett & Link did the following combinations in which the first item is what they were smelling and the second item is what they were eating.
- Tuna to Brownie
- Coffee Beans to Tomato
- Liquid Smoke to Jell-O
- Rubbing Alcohol to Boiled Peanuts
- Air Freshener to Pickle
- Gorgonzola Cheese to Octopus
What did you think of the smell-tasting experiment by Rhett & Link? Did you find it entertaining? Did you find it disgusting? Was it a waste of time? Please let us know in the comments below.
[Image via Rhett & Link]