TikTokers are testing if they can smell gas

Get moving, Yankee Candles reviews. There’s a New Barometer of Whether You May Have COVID: TikTokers Are Sure Gasoline Has Lost Its Smell.

Abbie Richards researching misinformation on TikTok, Posted about this phenomenon this week, stating that she “frankly can’t explain this one. I’m curious if it’s possible it’s related to higher ethanol dilution levels. Some people think it’s COVID. Maybe it could be a collective psychological phenomenon?”

@yungvec

What’s actually going on?

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Last week, TikToker @yungvec posted a video with the caption, “Somebody said they haven’t smelled gas at the gas station in a minute…and guess what…” TikTok has over 8 million views, a lot of the comments cite COVID as a reason why this might be the case, several people also suggested that people are just more cautious at the pump these days.

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@motocheez Gasoline doesn’t smell like that lately. Anyone else noticed? #gas #whatsup #why ♬ Original sound – MotoCheez

Other TikTokers claim this is definitely a dilution issue, which supposedly could explain why some people say they’re running out of gas quicker than normal. Some TikTokers, instead of just talking about this theory, are essentially trying to step on the gas to get to the bottom of it. Phattydaddy1433 clarifies in his TikTok that he “never had covid never got the shot”.

@vera_sweeney

It smells less. What am I doing with my life?

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The Depp Heard trial is just the latest example of how TikTok can trick people into believing wild claims for clicks. But maybe that, similar to these trustworthy ones Reviews of Yankee Candleis more of a by-product of the government’s lousy messaging about COVID.


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*Initial publication: June 3, 2022 at 1:49 p.m. CDT

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