Mystery of the Weird Basement Smell Has Been SOLVED!

Mystery of the Weird Basement Smell Has Been SOLVED!

A few weeks ago, I opened the door to go down to the basement and I smelled something unpleasant. It smelled like garlic. Strong garlic. I asked Brian to check it out. He said, “I don’t smell anything.”

It remained. Each time I opened the door, I was hit with a wave of the smell. And, I could smell it everywhere in the basement. A few days later, I asked Mason to open the door. He said, “Smells fine to me.”

The following weekend, I asked Max the same thing. He couldn’t smell it, either. I was starting to think I had a brain tumor or something. And, I was avoiding the basement more and more.

Well, last week, Brian came upstairs and said, “Guess what I found on a shelf in the basement?”

I asked, “What?”

He said, “Remember those garlic cloves you asked me to plant a few weeks ago? Well, I put them on a shelf and forgot about them. They turned into garlic goo. I threw them in the compost pile.”

I wasn’t upset at all. I’m just glad I don’t have a brain tumor! Now I’m wondering if I need to take all the guys to an ear, nose, and throat doctor to see why none of them could detect that noxious smell!


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3 Responses to "Mystery of the Weird Basement Smell Has Been SOLVED!"

  1. Nancy  May 1, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Angela,

    I’m with Linda, family members who couldn’t smell the garlic should definitely see a rhinolaryngologist. If there isn’t one in your area, another option is an otolaryngologist (AKA as an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist). No sense of smell doesn’t smell right (bad pun intended). Also,an otolaryngologist and rhinolaryngologist might be the same specialist, just different names. Please look into this.

  2. El McMeen  April 30, 2023 at 5:36 am



  3. Linda Gigliotti  April 29, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    Hmm. Yes a rhinolaryngologist appointmet is in order. If you have medical care. If someone smokes in your house then that clots up the sinuses.

    Yep I have this thing about smoking since I quit 25 years ago.