That metallic smell you sense after handling iron or copper isn’t the odor of the metal, according to research by Dietmar Glindemann of the University of Leipzig. Rather, it’s from aldehydes and ketones formed from compounds in your own skin that react quickly with the metal.
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“When L died, our teacher said, Every time you think of her, give something away, or, do something kind. And I said, Then I’d be giving things away non-stop. And he said, So?”