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101 Things you need to know and some you don’t!

From the book : 101 Things you need to know and some you don’t!

Do Livro: 101 Coisas que você precisa saber e algumas que você não precisa!

What is the worst smell ever?

It’s a matter of taste, really. Perhaps you take offence at babies’ nappies, dog’s breath, rotting

vegetables or fresh fish? Most people do, but what is it about these things that make them so bad,

and some worse than others?

The worst whiff

Our sense of smell is basically an early-warning system. It’s not as sensitive as most animals’, but

then we face fewer threats. At least we can smell smoke from a fire or leaking gas. And we know

when food has passed its sell-buy gate and gone off, because it smells awful – as would a dead

animal, rotting in a tropical heat. The one thing many of the worst stenches have in common is that

they contain sulphur compounds. Take these natural stink-bombers...

-Skunk: this furry little creature can spray their ferocious fumes out of its backside with incredible

accuracy, and up to a distance of 3m, and the human nose can detect it up to a mile away

downwind!

- Corpse flower: it grows in the jungles of Sumatra and it is the world biggest flower...and the

foulest. Using sulphur-based chemicals it creates its revolting reek in order to attract beetles and

flies, which pollinate the plant.

- Durian fruit: this fruit, which comes from Southeast Asia, is famous for its terrible raw sewage

smell. It’s so bad that durians have been banned on public transport in Singapure.

 

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