January 20th, 2011

monkey pirate

Cap Gun Smell

Boingboing has an article about toy gun culture. It's not the point of the article at all, but the writer mentions the acrid smell of cap guns.

Suddenly, I felt like I could actually smell it. Those curling red strips of paper, with the little dots of gunpowder. The black smear of expended squibs - and that sweet, smokey smell.

Funny how close to hand those scent memories are - how vivid the impression is. And how quick the rush of nostalgia is.
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