Q. Does anosmia lead to a reduced sense of taste?
A. Most likely, however, there are no scientific studies on the subject. Since the tongue
regions are home to millions of taste buds
, I think it would be foolish to claim that anosmics (people with anosmia) cannot taste anything at all, which is a different condition called aguesia
. (People often assume
that I have no sense of taste when I tell them I am anosmic. Once one woman asked if it heightened my sense of taste, like an even lamer Daredevil
, if a lamer Daredevil is imaginable.) In my personal experience, I can differentiate
different flavors just fine, as proved in casual blindfolded tests
. Here's the rub
: I have no way to get a comparison
. Some have tried to claim I have no sense of taste becuase I like cuttlefish flavored rice snacks
. Thse claims are untrue and reflect an anti-cuttlefish bias.
Q. Are there college scholarships or grants for anosmics?
A. No, but I have received several disablity scholarships
by stating "anosmia" as my disablity. This would be easy to fake
, like anosmia itself.
Q. Who are some famous anosmics?
A. The only one I know of is Michael Hutchence, former lead singer of INXS who died by hanging himself, in a possible incident of autoerotic asphyxiation.