Frazz by Jef Mallett for April 19, 2023

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    Erse IS better  10 months ago

    I’ve seen it bruited that there’s a gene that most people have that lets / forces them to smell the breakdown products of asparagusic acid. If you don’t have that gene, they say, you won’t KNOW that your pee smells weird after eating sparrow grass.

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    GreasyOldTam  10 months ago

    Wait til she finds out beets make your pee red.

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    Rhetorical_Question   10 months ago

    Asparagusic acid is an organosulfur compound with the molecular formula C4H6O2S2. It is found in asparagus and is believed to be the metabolic precursor to odorous sulfur compounds responsible for the distinctive smell of urine which has long been associated with eating asparagus.

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    Uncle Kenny  10 months ago

    Sinus surgery has essentially left me without a sense of smell. During the years I had a second job as a janitor, this was a blessing.

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    Opus the Poet  10 months ago

    LOL, still a janitor…

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    ewaldoh  10 months ago

    It’s days like this that I really miss bigpuma.

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    FassEddie  10 months ago

    Super Sugar Smacks gave back that way. You could smell those chemicals even standing up. They should charge more for that.

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    sandpiper  10 months ago

    Once again ‘elevating’ the discourse to near the bottom

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    Serial Pedant  10 months ago

    Don’t even mention the end result when one eats octopus cooked in it’s own ink…(and yes, pun intended)

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    hmofo813 Premium Member 10 months ago

    Sorry if I’m missing the joke, but what does any of this have to do with the endocrine system? That is, I know hormones have a role in digestion, but I’m pretty sure it’s ancillary and extemely indirect. Wouldn’t ‘gastroenterologist’ be the word here?

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    mfrasca  10 months ago


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    Mel-T-Pass Premium Member 10 months ago

    Dangit Jim, I’m a maintenance guy not a doctor.

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    proclusstudent  10 months ago


    Robert Lustig is a pediactic endocrinologist. Insulin is a hormone.
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    Scott S  10 months ago

    Taking a whiz after drinking a lot of coffee, I notice a distinct coffee smell.

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    "Doon the Watter" on the Waverley  10 months ago

    ugh. Back in my bar hopping days my friends were into this shared-shot called a sweet tart. I was not particularly crazy about them, they were mostly just sour mix, but really started to hate them when I realized the affect they had the following morning… umm, err, not entirely dissimilar to panel 2, at least in sweetness.

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