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Dreamed by a California woman, 1941, reported to the Rhine Institute

A California woman, one night in 1944, awoke to a very strong smell of scorching paint. She recognized it at once as the smell from her old-fashioned water heater when she forgot to turn the fire off. But the old heater was in a house six blocks away, from which she had moved months before.

The smell was so strong and bothered her so much that she got up, dressed, walked the six blocks, and called to awaken the tenant. The minute the door opened she knew she was right. The actual odor greeted her. "Did you forget to turn off the water heater?" The tenant smelled it then, too. Together they went to turn it off, found it red hot and the wall near it scorched and blistered. appears that the habit of believing one's eyes, ears, even nose, is so strong that impressions of this kind--even against common sense--are readily taken to have a true bearing.

SOURCE: Hidden Channels of the Mind by Louisa E. Rhine, 1961, p. 81. Account untitled, author's name witheld; title & byline added to aid searching & indexing.

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