You can’t tell the difference between WINE and MILK with a blocked nose.

We knew that smell was important to distinguish the difference between biscuits or banana bread baking in the oven, but we never knew it was almost our entire sense of taste.

Those little buds on your tongue are virtually useless when you have a blocked nose. They attempt to tell the difference between salty, sweet, sour, bitter and savoury, but without your nose taking a whiff of the food first, your tongue probably won’t even recognise the food.

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But… they’re biscuits. BISCUITS!

Interesting. Verrrrry interesting.

So, when we learn a new interesting fact, what do we do?

We mess with it, of course. During office hours. While filming. Hurrah!

To put our taste buds to the test, we blindfolded five of our Mamamia staff, pegged their noses in an incredibly uncomfortable fashion, and handed them a cup full of liquid (perhaps we should teach our staff to be less trusting).

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Mamamia writer Lucy has NO IDEA, PEOPLE.

The six liquids were:

  • Apple juice
  • Coconut water
  • Iced tea
  • White wine (Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Milk
  • Pure lemon juice

You would THINK that everyone would be able to guess the difference between white wine and milk, right?


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Lizzie, Brittany and Moni are stumped by iced tea.

Only 2 of the 5 taste testers were able to distinguish the taste of milk. Weirdly enough, 2 out of 5 thought it was coconut water. Other guesses for milk included soup, water, and RED WINE.

Red wine. Milk. Same diff, right?

As for the pure lemon juice, most of our girls barely even flinched. Usually, sucking on a lemon would illicit a pretty strong response. But without the sense of smell, one of our taste-testers even thought it was milk.

Check out this video. 6/30 guesses were correct. The other 80% of guesses were both wrong and ridiculous.


Noses. The unsung heroes.



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