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#1    chid

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 11:59 AM

unsure.gif I am having and have been having for some months now  burning smell in our kitchen/dining area. It is not present all the time and seems to be worse at night time when we are sitting watching TV. My husband sits next to me - he cannot smell it. At times I could be elsewhere in the house - Hall, Bedroom, at the Computer. I have called my 'hubby' to where I am and he still cannot smell this 'burning'. It might last a second or it might linger for some time.

The smell is a 'burning' type smell (like cloth or rubbish). When these incidents occur both my husband and myself have gone outside our house and checked for this smell in the air flowing around and through our home, but there is never any smoke or smell to match what is permiating in the house.

This is distressing me (it is happening again at this moment). I can no longer sit in the loungeroom to watch TV with my husband as I become aggravated when this happens.

I am also afraid, as I have heard before that this could be a ghost!

Could I have some feedback please?


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Posted 01 April 2007 - 12:15 PM

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unsure.gif I am having and have been having for some months now  burning smell in our kitchen/dining area. It is not present all the time and seems to be worse at night time when we are sitting watching TV. My husband sits next to me - he cannot smell it. At times I could be elsewhere in the house - Hall, Bedroom, at the Computer. I have called my 'hubby' to where I am and he still cannot smell this 'burning'. It might last a second or it might linger for some time.

The smell is a 'burning' type smell (like cloth or rubbish). When these incidents occur both my husband and myself have gone outside our house and checked for this smell in the air flowing around and through our home, but there is never any smoke or smell to match what is permiating in the house.

This is distressing me (it is happening again at this moment). I can no longer sit in the loungeroom to watch TV with my husband as I become aggravated when this happens.

I am also afraid, as I have heard before that this could be a ghost!

Could I have some feedback please?



Well first of all a lot of smells can stick with you depending what you've been cooking but i'm sure you're not a bad cook so that can't be it..  I some times smell things faintly like perfume and i don't know where it comes from.

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 02:18 PM

Well, of course there are a lot of ordinary explanations for what you're experiencing, but let's consider for a second that there IS perhaps a paranormal cause to the smell:

If it smells good, normally that would indicate that the spirit in question is benevolent. If it smells bad, it indicates that the spirit is malevolant.  Have you noticed anything out of the ordinary, asides from that smell?


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Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:11 AM

I'm going to list 3 possible reasons that is from my experiences in life.


1) It could be your home or the land it's sitting on.
We lived in a house where many times I could smell smoke. My husband and son couldn't smell the smokey scent until one particularly wet spring and then they both smelled it too. The dampness brought the burnt smell out of the walls.
Then one day, my husband happened to be talking with a plumber that had known the original owners. The plumber told him about 'Mr. Elmer' being an alcoholic and had set the house on fire once back in the 60's... We lived there in the mid 80's... So, burned smells to hang around when trapped inside walls and attics.

2) It could be electrical.
The few times that I have smelled the particular smell that you describe, it has been because a cord or an outlet has a short in it.

3) "Do you ever smell burning odors?" was one of the questions asked by my Mom's doctor when he ran tests on her and discovered she had a brain tumor.
Mom survived the surgery and lived into her elder years .

4) I would have given you a 4th possibility but Rhyknow done covered the paranormal possibility...

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:20 AM

two words....Emily Rose


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Posted 02 April 2007 - 06:11 AM

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I'm going to list 3 possible reasons that is from my experiences in life.
1) It could be your home or the land it's sitting on.
We lived in a house where many times I could smell smoke. My husband and son couldn't smell the smokey scent until one particularly wet spring and then they both smelled it too. The dampness brought the burnt smell out of the walls.
Then one day, my husband happened to be talking with a plumber that had known the original owners. The plumber told him about 'Mr. Elmer' being an alcoholic and had set the house on fire once back in the 60's... We lived there in the mid 80's... So, burned smells to hang around when trapped inside walls and attics.

2) It could be electrical.
The few times that I have smelled the particular smell that you describe, it has been because a cord or an outlet has a short in it.

3) "Do you ever smell burning odors?" was one of the questions asked by my Mom's doctor when he ran tests on her and discovered she had a brain tumor.
Mom survived the surgery and lived into her elder years .

4) I would have given you a 4th possibility but Rhyknow done covered the paranormal possibility...

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The above is an excellent post and mentions all the things I was about to mention save for one:

A few years ago I kept smelling a "cloth burning" smell over a period of a couple of weeks, but no one else in the family could smell it, even when it seemed very strong to me. My kids started teasingly saying I must have a brain tumour. The very real source of the smell was finally discovered, however, in the venting pipe in back of our dryer. Somehow a piece of popcicle stick got wedged in the elbow of the pipe, and dryer lint had become clogged around it causing the heat being exhausted to build up enough to ignite the stick and lint. It was slowly smoldering that entire time, and would have likely caused a bigger fire if we hadn't found it in time. I'm taken much more seriously now if I say I smell something burning.


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Posted 02 April 2007 - 07:07 AM

Yeah, I'd say you have a brain tumor.


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Posted 02 April 2007 - 11:46 AM

I'm borderline and sometimes my brain thinks it can smell burned skin, rotten tissue and stuff like that.



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Posted 02 April 2007 - 08:11 PM

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two words....Emily Rose


It'd be nice if you could elaborate on what you mean by that.  Remember not all of us have seen The Exorcism of Emily Rose thumbsup.gif

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A few years ago I kept smelling a "cloth burning" smell over a period of a couple of weeks, but no one else in the family could smell it, even when it seemed very strong to me. My kids started teasingly saying I must have a brain tumour. The very real source of the smell was finally discovered, however, in the venting pipe in back of our dryer. Somehow a piece of popcicle stick got wedged in the elbow of the pipe, and dryer lint had become clogged around it causing the heat being exhausted to build up enough to ignite the stick and lint. It was slowly smoldering that entire time, and would have likely caused a bigger fire if we hadn't found it in time. I'm taken much more seriously now if I say I smell something burning.



This is a perfect example of how the explanation for such seemingly odd phenomena can be just the ordinary, every day happenings.  Of course, don't get me wrong, i'm not saying that ALL odd smells come from an ordinary source, but the majority do.  I feel now that we've entered a time when reports of paranormal activity is hightened, not because the amount of activity itself has hightened, but because people misinterpret things too easily




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Posted 02 April 2007 - 08:24 PM

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unsure.gif I am having and have been having for some months now  burning smell in our kitchen/dining area. It is not present all the time and seems to be worse at night time when we are sitting watching TV. My husband sits next to me - he cannot smell it. At times I could be elsewhere in the house - Hall, Bedroom, at the Computer. I have called my 'hubby' to where I am and he still cannot smell this 'burning'. It might last a second or it might linger for some time.

The smell is a 'burning' type smell (like cloth or rubbish). When these incidents occur both my husband and myself have gone outside our house and checked for this smell in the air flowing around and through our home, but there is never any smoke or smell to match what is permiating in the house.

This is distressing me (it is happening again at this moment). I can no longer sit in the loungeroom to watch TV with my husband as I become aggravated when this happens.

I am also afraid, as I have heard before that this could be a ghost!

Could I have some feedback please?


Ive been going thru something similar. I smell it at work, i smell it in our living room from time to time. yesterday my brother said he could smell something burning and i couldnt.


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Posted 02 April 2007 - 08:25 PM

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It'd be nice if you could elaborate on what you mean by that.  Remember not all of us have seen The Exorcism of Emily Rose thumbsup.gif
This is a perfect example of how the explanation for such seemingly odd phenomena can be just the ordinary, every day happenings.  Of course, don't get me wrong, i'm not saying that ALL odd smells come from an ordinary source, but the majority do.  I feel now that we've entered a time when reports of paranormal activity is hightened, not because the amount of activity itself has hightened, but because people misinterpret things too easily


On Emily Rose, they smelled something burning before the demons start possessing Emily. It was kinda like a sign.


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Posted 02 April 2007 - 08:30 PM

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On Emily Rose, they smelled something burning before the demons start possessing Emily. It was kinda like a sign.


Ah I see...
Like I stated before, if the occurence is a genuine paranormal experience, smelling burning etc is a bad sign

Thanks for explaning


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Posted 03 April 2007 - 02:38 AM

If you're the only one smelling it and you can't find a source then I'd say go see a doctor if it's really bothering you.  If nothing is wrong with you, then look for other explanations.  It just seems to me like the most logical route at this point.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 07:23 AM

My main worry is not the smelling the smoke but the fact that it agravates you so much you can't go about your normal daily bussiness.  We can get used to and ignore smells if we know there is no problem.  You may want to get a medical checkup as it could be misfiring synapses in your brain caused by whatever..... or yup you may have something in the house.  I used to smell cigarete smoke after my wifes cousin died from time to time.  Our TV used to switch itself on as well.  He spent his life smoking and watching TV grin2.gif  So spirits can make smells grin2.gif and watch TV tongue.gif

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 12:34 PM

I'm not one to try and scare anyone, but sometimes, those smells could be something that only wants just your attention. Look into the logical way first, make sure that you are alright health wise, then, if all is well there, then it is time to figure out what's going on elsewhere.





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