In your March issue, you had a story in the fiction section called “Indigo.” In it, the author describes how indigo tastes and smells. If she really feels that way, there is a chance that she has a rare disease called synesthesia where there is a crossover between your five senses. For example, when you hear an alarm clock you taste bananas, or you see the color orange and smell pine trees. Synesthesia is probably one of the most interesting and little known diseases around. Oh, and chances are, almost everyone has a mild form of it, though no two are the same. So, next time you think that your Aussie Shampoo smells like purple (it does!) or that old books smell like Middle Earth (they do!), know that you aren’t crazy, and you’re definitely not alone.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.