Why do the students smell the paper in Fast Times at Ridgemont high?
I was a teacher, and I can guarantee that I never saw one student smell a mimeographed paper. No teacher ever wanted to smell them either. It's a horrible smell that can make you choke! It was dreadful having to work with the stuff. Thank goodness mimeograph machines are history! They were an unbelievable pain to work with. Thank goodness for photocopiers, which have little or no scent.
Again, the students I saw would be "EWWWWW! Stink!" They certainly never stuck their noses to the paper.
When I saw this in the movie, I thought, "They must be nuts!" I still think that when I see that bit.