Amanda Seyfried Says Being Pregnant Made Her Able to Smell Electricity, Which Is Apparently a Thing

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In the 2004 film Mean Girls, Amanda Seyfried’s character famously reveals that her breasts “can always tell when it’s gonna rain.” Ha ha, right? Funny line! Great scene! But it’s fiction. Amanda Seyfried is not Karen Smith and can’t predict rain...but she can smell a lightning storm.


In an interview with Refinery29, the actress claims to have developed a new skill since becoming pregnant. “I swear to god I can smell the TV,” Seyfried said of her power. “There’s this static-y, metal-y scent. Do you know what I’m talking about?”

Refinery29's Kelsey Castañon admits that she has no idea what Seyfried was talking. And neither do I! But after discussing the issue with coworkers, sharing the story on Twitter, and doing a little Googling, I learned that this isn’t actually surprising! Plenty of people claim to smell static electricity (apparently “high voltage discharges and corona effect may produce ozone, [which] has a pungent odor”), and a heightened sense of smell is a known symptom of pregnancy.

So I’d like to ask you all—people who have been pregnant, especially—have you ever smelled electricity? And, if so, what did it smell like? Thank you.

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Old TV’s used to have that smell, which I assume is what she is talking about? Fellow Olds will remember when you turned it on and got the “bwonnggg” sound and the static? It had sort of a metal smell.

(Don’t sit so close to the TV kids, or you will eventually end up commenting with the word “bwonnggg” to describe a sound.)