The Water Cooler – Living Without One of Your Senses

February 10, 2014 12:00 pm · 32 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

If you had to live the rest of your life without one of your senses, which one would it be, and why?

Reminder, your senses are sight, hearing, taste, smell & touch.

Talk about it….

easy February 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I’d get rid of smell, as long as I could keep taste. By and large, people smell bad. I can live without that as long as I can still taste.

Shulla February 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I would say taste. Sight, hearing and smell are necessary from a safety point of view. Touch is an emotional need. A sinus infection left me without taste for a year and I lost weight. Ate till full, not because I liked the taste.

Anon February 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Smell for sure.

anonanonagain February 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Smell. I couldn’t bare to not see, hear or taste the world around me….

Anon February 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Hearing , I have a big hearing loss, but I can manage.

Rebel February 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Smell, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my sense of taste. I’ve lost my sense of taste before and it was terrible! It almost drove me insane when eating my favorite foods and not tasting it’s yummy flavors.

But loosing the sense of touch wouldn’t be so bad, frustrating yes, but do-able.

Dorothy February 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Hearing – losing it anyhow.

The Mamba February 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

I have a pretty horrible sense of smell already, so may as well let the rest of it go. It comes in pretty useful for changing the little Mamba’s diaper.

Mr. Pink February 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

My sense of entitlement.

Dorothy Englund February 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

I would hate to lose my “sixth sense,” but that one isn’t on the list.

Dwight Schrute February 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Final Answer: Taste

End of water cooler

“I am fast. To give you a reference point I am somewhere between a snake and a mongoose… And a panther.”

meagain February 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Pain. I know it is your friend, but I would take my chances..

Daniel Shays February 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I already do, common sense.

Antler February 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Taste. Then it would be so much easier to follow that list of healthy foods…..could just inhale deeply when around hot fudge sauce, meat sautéing in butter, pies baking, etc.. Oh, dang….you just HAD to make me go and think about those yummies! 😉

Nuttsie the Nutter February 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Interesting to see the comments about losing smell as long as they could still taste.

As an ex teacher, one of my favorite experiments was to blindfold a student, have them pinch their nose and try to see if they could tell the difference between a piece of onion and a piece of potato. With out your sense of smell you have no sense of taste. Try it.

I have already lost my hearing so I guess I don’t have a choice.

Clayton Pete February 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM

As someone noted, taste and smell are intertwined, so lose smell and you lose taste as well.
Losing sense of touch equates to paralysis; so safe to say no one wants that.
Sight and hearing…. both important, but sight is more so, clearly.
Since I love food, and I like things quiet anyway….
C. Pete chooses loss of hearing.

It seems like... February 10, 2014 at 2:33 PM

most people are all living with the lack of
common sense, give up another and where
would they be?.(answer) in one of the two
Houses of Govt. or the Oval Office .

nee February 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM


Atticus Thraxx February 10, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Anything but sight. That would be terrifying.

Free Connie Dobbs

Captain Bebops February 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM


All ready losing February 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

sight and it is not fun. Can’t drive much. It has to be the worst sense to lose. I have relatives who have lost sense of touch, they have to pay attention when holding things or they drop stuff, exhausting.

Interesting February 10, 2014 at 7:26 PM

None of the above…….but probably taste.

EdiBirsan February 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I would lose the sense of taste… considering I am in politics, one might argue that it has already happened.

Dr. Jellyfinger February 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Humor. If I were to lose that sense I’d be a real a-hole instead of …… a ….umm……….well…. Geez I guess I’m am one anyway.

Mustang Sally February 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I’ve known the answer to today’s question all my life, and I’m not going to commit one of my greatest fears to words here now.

nytemuvr February 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

All lot of people have no sense at all…..just clueless. Hearing…I have less than 80% hearing anyway.

nytemuvr February 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

80% loss of hearing….and not much sense

Wilson Pickett February 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

I know Sally. Your greatest fear is that one of these early mornings, oh, you gonna be wiping your weeping eyes.

I'm The Urban Wicked Pickett fan February 11, 2014 at 1:30 AM

I bought you a brand new mustang ’bout nineteen sixty five
Now you come around signifying a woman, you don’t wanna let me ride.
Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down.
You been running all over the town now.
Oh! I guess I’ll have to put your flat feet on the ground.

All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.

Mustang Sally February 11, 2014 at 7:02 AM


Mustang Sally February 11, 2014 at 7:06 AM

With my flat feet on the ground.

Senseless February 11, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I can live without my sense of adventure. I’ve calmed way down in my old age.

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