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  • Holy bat smell: 10 pounds of guano found in office's ceiling (Florida budget)

    03/13/2016 4:28:21 PM PDT · by bgill · 25 replies ^ | March 12, 2016 | AP
    Inspectors say they found the bat feces this week in the area right above the ceiling of Ken Lawson's office. Lawson is secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. State legislators in the new state budget ordered that state workers leave the Tallahassee offices where the department is housed. The new budget says no money can be spent on lease payments for the offices, but that provision does not take effect until this summer.
  • Some say San Francisco's open-air urinal must go

    02/05/2016 1:48:36 PM PST · by rey · 42 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 5 Feb 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO — An attorney representing a group of civic organizations has sent a legal claim letter to the city of San Francisco threatening to sue if an open-air urinal in Dolores Park is not removed in 20 days. The concrete circular urinal, which is out in the open and screened only through plants for privacy, was installed in the iconic park last month to the approval of some. They said the park's meager three toilets led some to relieve themselves in bushes and on buildings. But the backlash has already started with six civic groups teaming up in a...
  • (Actress) Naya Rivera Says Showering Daily Is a ''White People Thing''

    01/14/2015 2:55:34 AM PST · by SMGFan · 88 replies
    Eonline ^ | January 13, 2015
    We never expected to know this much about Naya Rivera's hygiene habits. The 28-year-old Glee star, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, was a guest host on The View this morning where the songstress shared a rather, um, interesting theory about showering. After moderator Nicolle Wallace defended the fact that she showers three times a day (pre- and post-show, plus once before bed), the Fox beauty chimed in with a headline-making hypothesis. "I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnic," Rivera said as Wallace couldn't help but burst out into a fit of giggles. "I feel like...
  • Obama Makes a Rare Campaign Appearance, but People Leave

    10/19/2014 10:10:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/10/14
    President Barack Obama suffered a bit of an embarrassment on Sunday, when he made a rare appearance on the campaign trail but attendees chose to leave as he spoke. According to Reuters, Obama’s appearance came at a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland. With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the November 4 midterm election. Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because...
  • Government Scientists Try to Take the Stink Out of Pig Manure

    09/19/2014 6:43:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/18/14 | Mark Peters - WSJ
    PEORIA, Ill.— Terry Whitehead's lab here is stocked with glass boiling flasks, Bunsen burners—and cans of extra-strength air freshener. The microbiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture works with pig manure in a quest for something that has largely eluded scientists and entrepreneurs: an affordable way to clear the air in farm country. In a region where hogs can outnumber people, Mr. Whitehead's research is the ultimate icebreaker. "First, you say, 'I work with manure,' and they say, 'What?' Then you say, 'Odor,' and they say, 'Thank God,' " says the lanky 57-year-old, who recently attended the North American Manure...
  • Passing gas 101: What your flatulence patterns mean for your health

    04/01/2014 10:52:40 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 95 replies ^ | April 01, 2014 | By Loren Grush
    Passing gas: Everybody does it – and no one wants to admit it. This embarrassing habit may seem foul, but breaking wind is simply an unavoidable byproduct of our daily digestion. In fact, the average individual can pass gas anywhere from 13 to 21 times a day. But your gaseous patterns can actually speak volumes about your health, especially in regards to your eating habits, and they may even serve as an indication of larger digestive health issues. “People who produce excessive amounts of gas and particularly foul smelling gas – if you’re eating a super high fiber diet, that...
  • Can of fermented fish, stuck in roof eave, is raising a cabin's roof

    02/11/2014 5:42:30 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 30 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 10, 2014
    TRYSIL, Norway, A 25-year-old can of fermented herring is swelling in the eaves of a Norwegian cabin and is literally raising the roof, its owner said. Cabin owner Inge Haugen said the forgotten can of "surstromming," an odorous Swedish delicacy left over from a 1990 party, is stuck in the eaves of his Trysil home and the bulging container has raised his roof 2 centimeters (about 4/5 inch). "We had three cans. We ate two and my husband took the third and put it up under the roof because we had eaten enough. Then he forgot about it," Bjorg Haugen...
  • Horror on the red carpet as Golden Globes entrance flooded with SEWAGE ...

    01/12/2014 4:21:39 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 103 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 12, 2014 | Joshua Gardner
    as stars begin to arrive for annual awards ceremonyIt was a mad dash to scrub the red carpet ahead of Sunday's Golden Globes after a pipe burst, spewing liquid some say smelled of sewage across the pathway for the stars. Black water gushed onto horrified members of the international press awaiting the arrival of Hollywood glitziest stars dressed in their finest gala attire. The press fled from the spill as the Beverly Hills Fire Department rushed to the scene to clean up the smelly mess in front of Hollywood's famous Beverly Hilton Hotel. An E! Television red carpet correspondent was...
  • Lawsuit demands city eliminate stink on rocks at La Jolla Cove (California)

    12/30/2013 8:39:39 AM PST · by RightGeek · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/28/2013 | Tony Perry
    SAN DIEGO -- A lawsuit has been filed demanding the city eradicate the "foul, noxious and sickening odors" left by birds and sea lions defecating on the rocks next to La Jolla Cove. The stink offends the patrons of some of La Jolla's best known restaurants overlooking the cove and visitors to the famed La Valencia Hotel, according to the lawsuit filed by a group calling itself Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement. [snip] While the stinky guano is the product of the cormorants and the sea lions, the real culprits are officials at City Hall who approved a fence keeping...
  • Illegal Aliens Create Urine and Feces Disaster in Downtown El Paso (Video)

    12/17/2013 11:08:38 AM PST · by montag813 · 56 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-17-2013 | TRNlive
    Illegal Aliens and the Environment: Part I -- Texas Illegal aliens have turned a Downtown El Paso alley into a gigantic toilet. Human urine stains the walls and feces is piled up in an alley that's just blocks away from the Convention Center and other tourist hotspots. And authorities don't do a damn thing about it. The Mayor says he has to catch people "in the act". Are you serious? Yet another aspect of the economic and social disaster that is illegal immigration in America (albeit the grossest we've yet seen). And it is just getting worse as more...
  • Dell users get claws out over laptops that stink of cat pee

    10/30/2013 1:30:23 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 30,2013 | Samuel Gibbs
    Computer maker forced to offer replacements after buyers complain of smell from Latitude E6430u like 'tomcat's litter box' Dell was first made aware of the issue in June 2013 when a Dell user called “three west” first posted about the smell of a new Dell Latitude E6430u saying “the machine is great, but it smells as if it was assembled near a tomcat's litter box. It is truly awful! It seems to be coming from the keyboard”. Dell first suggested cleaning the keyboard and air vents around the laptop to cure the smell, but as more and more users complained...
  • I-81 spill stinks for morning commuters, causes hours-long backup

    04/23/2013 10:57:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies ^ | April 22, 2013 | David Wenner
    A smelly and slippery spill involving human waste caused traffic to back up for miles along Interstate 81 in Cumberland County on Monday. It further snarled traffic in Carlisle and on other nearby road. The spill occurred before 9 a.m. and caused a motorcyclist to skid out of control and crash in the southbound lanes near the Hanover Street exit in Carlisle. A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crew that was doing routine cleanup nearby was called to the scene and determined both southbound lanes needed to be closed, PennDOT spokesman Fritzi Schreffler said. It took several hours to clean up...
  • Reality Check Request: Sulfurous Smell in LA Area? (Vanity)

    09/10/2012 2:08:49 PM PDT · by Talisker · 56 replies
    I know asking if things smell in LA sounds like the beginning of a joke... but I've read some dubious - yet pervasive - claims today that people in the San Fernando Valley, the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Northridge/Granada Hills area, Inland Empire in general, etc., are smelling an incredibly sulfurous stench. Inversions layer, Salton Sea rot, waste plant malfunctions all have been theorized but found wanting for various reasons. Reports are that an elementary school closed in the area because kids felt sick. Historically, hydrogen sulphide gas has often been forced out of the ground in...
  • Occupy Eye (SORE) Live Stream of protest at RNC

    08/27/2012 10:13:01 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 25 replies
    Ustream ^ | Occupy Eye
    Live video of the tiny protest(photo op) at the RNC. Link:
  • Hospital Receptionist Claims She Was Fired for Smelling Like Cigarette Smoke

    07/27/2012 4:10:39 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 48 replies ^ | 07/26/2012 | Mark Saxenmeyer
    A Fridley woman named Stephanie Cannon believes she's the victim of discrimination -- fired because she smelled like cigarette smoke. Cannon, a smoker for 18 years, says she smokes almost a pack a day of Camel Menthols. But when she landed a job in June as a medical receptionist at Park Nicollet Health Services, in the Frauenshuh Cancer Center, she says she followed the hospital's clearly-stated "no smoking" policy. (There is no smoking allowed at any time on the premises.) "There were never any performance issues at all," Cannon insists.
  • 100 Sickened By Tainted Tuna (Rotten stinking tuna from Cupertino. Nancy Pelosi has no comment.)

    04/16/2012 7:50:10 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 47 replies
    KMJ Radio ^ | April 16, 2012 | unatributed
    Tainted tuna is being blamed for a salmonella outbreak that's sickened more than 100 people in 20 states.
  • Conditions just ‘offal’ [Zucotti Park Clean-up]

    11/16/2011 5:10:58 PM PST · by Windflier · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 16, 2011 | REBECCA ROSENBERG and DAN MANGAN
    City sanitation workers yesterday were forced to pick through a filthy pile of property seized from Zuccotti Park including dirty hypodermic needles, moldy food and glass-littered, broken gadgets. “I pick up garbage [for a living], and these were some of the worst smells I’ve ever experienced,’’ one worker grumbled to The Post. About 150 trashmen stuffed the massive pile of soiled tents, old bikes and spoiling food into dump trucks — 26 loads in all — and hauled it to a West 57th Street Sanitation facility so that workers could begin sorting the personal goods from garbage.
  • On private property, a sign depicting Obama in a diaper: “Change me! I stink!”

    09/29/2011 3:33:34 PM PDT · by izzatzo · 10 replies
    HotAir ^ | 09/29/2011 | Tina Korbe
    OK, confession: When I saw this headline on Drudge, I actually laughed out loud. Something about the word “stink” is just funny to me. And I had no reason not to laugh because I generally agree with the sentiment the sign expresses: Obama is a master at making excuses, which does come across as a little, well, babyish. In other words, the sign doesn’t offend me.
  • ACORN Thugs Stink UP the Wrong Bank

    08/01/2011 5:33:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    big government ^ | 8/1/11 | Matthew Vadum
    Nobody ever said all the criminal street thugs at ACORN were bright. The left-wing astroturfers of ACORN’s new front group in California, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), were behind a garbage-dumping stunt at a branch of Wells Fargo bank in San Jose, Calif. News reports consistently depict the players as angry homeowners who spontaneously erupted in a spasm of righteous indignation. As if. These “homeowners” were reportedly unhappy about the upkeep at a foreclosed property they thought Wells Fargo was responsible for so they decided to dump uncollected garbage at the bank. The problem is that while Wells...
  • Guru Kailash Singh Quit Bathing 37 Years Ago

    06/25/2011 7:19:13 AM PDT · by samtheman · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Kailash, 65, a farmer from India, stopped using soap and water in 1974, after his wedding. He also hasn't cut his dreadlocks, according to the news agency Barcroft. It wasn't because he no longer needed to attract the ladies that he let himself go. Kailash reportedly abandoned washing because a priest told him it would help him produce a son.
  • Feces & Urine Problem In Downtown El Paso

    EL PASO - It's disgusting, unsanitary and it's going to leave you shaking your head. Migrant workers have turned a Downtown El Paso alley into a gigantic toilet. Human urine stains the walls and feces is piled up in an alley that's just blocks away from the Convention Center and other tourist hotspots. "If they don't let you go inside, you have to go anywhere. That's why El Paso is like that," Roberto Miranda said. Miranda is a migrant worker. He sleeps outside of the Farm Workers Center, like at-least one-hundred other people, and he waits for work in the...
  • Low-flow toilets cause a stink in SF

    02/28/2011 6:33:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 112 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 28, 2011 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
    San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink. Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months. The city has already spent $100 million over the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants, in part to combat the odor problem. Now officials are stocking up on a $14 million, three-year supply of highly concentrated sodium hypochlorite -...
  • What's that Smell?

    02/03/2011 7:19:33 AM PST · by hawkins · 6 replies
    That Christian Website ^ | 01/03/2011 | Travis Main
    One week after moving into our new home, my wife became concerned with a new revelation. She had been out on our deck, enjoying a sunny spring day, when a pipe sticking three feet out of the ground began to spew bubbles. My reply? “Oh, it’s no big deal.”Ever notice, when folks have a problem on their hands, they often do not realize it? Or they minimize the problem, so they do not have to address it?Amo 4:10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and...
  • 'Amorous' Darwin woman attacks taxi after driver rejects offer of sex

    12/27/2010 6:07:12 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 2+ views
    <p>A woman jumped into a cab in Darwin, Australia, suggested to the driver that they have sex and when he declined, started kicking the car and then threw a bottle though the rear window, the Northern Territory News reported.</p>
  • Sewage backup causes United Nations evacuation

    12/21/2010 10:42:25 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 110 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/21/2010
    (Reuters) - A sewage backup caused a big stink at the United Nations on Tuesday, forcing diplomats and their staff to evacuate the Security Council and General Assembly. Spokesman Farhan Haq said the evacuation was a precautionary measure after a strange smell was noticed in parts of the U.N. secretariat building. He said the odor was due to sewage backup possibly caused by high tides in the nearby East River. "There were gases released from the sewage but they're not harmful," Haq said. Firefighters and hazardous materials experts had been called to the scene. U.N. management officials were working to...
  • Cilantro ingredient can remove foul odor of 'chitlins'

    11/14/2010 6:48:08 AM PST · by decimon · 64 replies · 6+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | November 13, 2010 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2010 — With chitlins about to make their annual appearance on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day menus, scientists have good news for millions of people who love that delicacy of down-home southern cooking, but hate the smell. They are reporting the first identification of an ingredient in cilantro that quashes the notoriously foul odor of chitlins — a smell known to drive people from the house when chitlins are cooking. Their report appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Yasuyoshi Hayata and colleagues note that chitlins — hog large intestines — are infamous for...
  • Stinking in America: Is Not Washing the New PC Trend?

    11/05/2010 7:45:30 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 75 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 November 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    People such as me are often accused of wanting to return to the 19th century. But, if the New York Times is right about a new trend, some on the Left want to go back to the Middle Ages. What is that trend? Avoiding soap, deodorant, and even bathing regularly. Today, though, it’s often for environmental reasons. It seems that top-notch Western hygiene has now joined SUVs, Wal-Mart, tobacco (not the wacky kind — it’s in fashion), guns, McDonald’s, and white males in the Museum of Politically Incorrect Persons, Places, and Things. For example, Guardian writer Kira Cochrane tells us...
  • The Great Unwashed (People Going w/out Soap or Deodorant)

    11/01/2010 11:50:31 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 84 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 31, 2010 | Catherine Saint Louis
    October 29, 2010 The Great Unwashed By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS A DAILY shower is a deeply ingrained American habit. Most people would no sooner disclose they had not showered in days than admit infidelity. But Jenefer Palmer, 55, of Malibu, Calif., cheerfully acknowledged recently that she doesn’t shower or shampoo daily and doesn’t use deodorant. Ever. No, she does not work from home in pajamas. In fact, Ms. Palmer, the chief executive of Osea, an organic skin-care line, often travels to meet business contacts at the five-star luxury hotels where her line is sold. They might be surprised to read...
  • Scratch 'n Sniff Mailers: Loretta Sanchez Smells Bad ("worst possible scents you can imagine")

    10/30/2010 9:17:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/25/10
    Scratch 'n Sniff Mailers: Loretta Sanchez Smells BadOct 25 2010, 1:40 PM ET The Hotline reports that, in the ethnically charged race for California's 47th congressional district, scratch 'n sniff mailers are being deployed to insinuate that incumbent Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) is smelly: Assemb. Van Tran (R) "is sending out a scratch-and-sniff direct mail piece attacking" Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) "that features a hideous odor emanating from it." The mailer: "Open for a fragrance sample of 'Loretta, The Scent Of Washington.'" The mailer, on the inside: "Something smells rotten about Loretta. It's the stench of Washington." "Below that is...

    10/25/2010 9:34:38 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 86 replies
    America's Team?!?!? heck they're not even the Metroplex's team now......Go Rangers!
  • Vanity: Watch Out for the Media to Attempt an "East Coast Results" Firewall

    10/25/2010 6:30:33 AM PDT · by Puddleglum · 20 replies
    self - like I said, this is a vanity | self
    I predict the media will try to stem the 2010 conservative tide by telling us "the East Coast elections are coming in stronger for Democrats than pundits thought. Exit polls are showing that voters do not trust Republicans because of [X,Y Z - insert Dem taking point]. We may in for a surprising evening, Bill..." They will do this to try to make conservatives across the rest of the nation give up, stay home, and thereby toss close elections to the Dims. I saw this in my crystal ball. This is why they give a damn about O'Donnell. You have...
  • Ahmadinejad Stinks Up Hotel; Guests Forced to Leave

    09/24/2010 6:09:38 PM PDT · by Justaham · 29 replies
    Something besides the Iranian leader’s nuclear plans or calls to destroy Israel seems to be bothering residents of the Big Apple and guests at the hotel in which he is staying. The New York Post reported that hotels guests complained of a foul odor in the hotel caused by the food cooked especially for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The leader of the Islamic Republic does not eat the food prepared by the hotel chefs for guests, but instead brought his own personal chef from Iran to cook his meals for him.
  • Stink Bugs Taking Area by Swarm

    09/24/2010 10:35:42 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 77 replies
    NBC 4 Washington DC ^ | Fri, Sep 24, 2010 | By DERRICK WARD
    Smelly, pesky bugs known as stink bugs have been swarming the Washington, D.C. area -- and when you try to kill them, they just smell worse. "When you try to kill them, before death, they stink," said Michael Raupp, an entomology professor at the University of Maryland. "They want to find a place to chill out for the winter. They're not coming in for warmth, they're coming in for refuge. "They'll invade your attack and come in for the winter time. But on a nice warm day in February, they're going to say, 'Oh, spring,' and come down and be...
  • Munich Deploys Custom Bacteria at Oktoberfest to Devour Ubiquitous Stink of Stale Beer

    09/16/2010 11:53:05 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 09.10.2010 | Rebecca Boyle
    Bavarian beer purveyors concerned about a smelly Oktoberfest are hoping bacteria can make the experience more enjoyable. They plan to pour a solution of live bacteria on the floors of Munich's beer tents, in an effort to knock out the inevitable festival smells usually covered up by a fog of cigarette smoke. Voters in Bavaria passed a statewide smoking ban in July, and it took effect last month. Oktoberfest gets an exception through 2011, but organizers want to conduct a test run during the festival’s 200th anniversary, which starts next week. Its ill effects aside, cigarette smoke is a pretty...
  • FReeper Advice Needed!

    08/12/2010 7:04:14 PM PDT · by txroadkill · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Probably a dead mouse ^ | 8/12/2010 | me
    Need Freeper advice! Just got home from vacation and have discovered a horrible odor in the house. I’ve tracked it down to one of the center walls and I’m guessing that either a mouse or a squirrel died between the walls. It’s a two story house so short of tearing down the dry wall I have no idea how to handle this. It stinks bad and is made worse by the 105 degree Texas heat. Any advice would be greatly appreciated; I don’t even know who you would call for something like this!
  • Is the corpse flower finally blooming? (Houston, Texas)

    07/13/2010 2:15:00 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 27 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 13, 2010 | Kathy Huber
    The corpse flower appears to be finally coming out of her shell. Lois, the giant smelly flower, is starting to give off some nasty odors and bulging toward a bloom, flower-watchers at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, both official and not official, are twittering at this hour. We're keeping our sights on the Hermann Park oddity...
  • Two farms receive stimulus money for manure storage (Adams County, PA)

    06/18/2010 10:44:50 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 9 replies · 357+ views
    The Evening Sun (Hanover, PA) ^ | June 18, 2010 | STEVE MARRONI
    The average dairy cow puts out an average of 65 pounds of excrement every day. When you have 140 dairy cows, well, that can be a lot of poo, especially when you don't have enough storage space. Every day, Randy Brougher has to drive his tractor out to his field, where he grows feed for his cows, and spreads that day's manure. But soon, Brougher will have a concrete storage basin that will hold six months worth - about 1.1 million gallons, which will save him a lot of time and effort. He'll only have to fertilize twice a year...
  • HAZMAT team finds rotting mayo

    06/14/2010 11:54:56 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 598+ views
    upi. ^ | June 14, 2010
    DESTIN, Fla., - A foul odor that resulted in the closing of a road and the evacuation of some Florida homes turned out to be emanating from a 5-gallon jar of mayonnaise. Destin Fire Control District Fire Chief Kevin Sasser said two people living on Bent Arrow Road called to complain of the smell Tuesday and said the odor left them with trouble breathing and a burning sensation in their eyes, the Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., reported Monday. Sasser said the team searched the residence and discovered a "large barrel" left behind by the previous occupants...
  • VIDEO: STING UNLEASHED: 'We want big government'...

    04/26/2010 8:15:58 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 44 replies · 1,326+ views
    ...a climate skeptic is crazy...we want big government...the man on the street can't do much...
  • Rocker Sting Stung by Controversy Over Secret Concert for Dictator's Daughter

    04/13/2010 9:52:58 PM PDT · by pissant · 37 replies · 1,227+ views
    Fox ^ | 4/13/10 | Ed 'don't call me Fred' Barnes
    Human rights activists are demanding the superstar stinger donate to charity the more than $2 million dollars “in blood money” he received for playing a secret concert for the daughter of one the world’s most brutal dictators. O Sting, where is thy sting? It is not where his principles lie, according to human rights activists who are demanding that the superstar stinger donate to charity the more than $2 million dollars “in blood money” he received for playing a secret concert for the daughter of one the world’s most brutal dictators, Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan. The little known dictator burst...
  • Flower raises a stink in Milwaukee

    01/09/2010 7:20:16 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 1,293+ views
    upi ^ | Jan. 8, 2010
    MILWAUKEE , Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A rare, large and foul-smelling plant in the lily family that blooms about every six years may stink up the Milwaukee Public Museum Jan. 18, authorities say. The corpse flower -- a tital arum (large lily), or Amorphophallus titanium (huge unshaped penis) -- normally grows wild in Indonesian rainforests. The schedule by which they flower is unpredictable, and once they do so, it is only for 24 to 48 hours, says a notice on the Web site of San Francisco State University. In 2008 when the museum's other corpse flower bloomed, it gave off...
  • Fumes From Rotting Food in Office Fridge Send 7 to Hospital

    05/12/2009 8:10:07 PM PDT · by RDTF · 26 replies · 1,524+ views
    Fox ^ | May 12, 2009
    An office worker cleaning a fridge full of rotten food created a smell so noxious that it sent seven co-workers to the hospital and made many others ill. Firefighters had to evacuate the AT&T building in downtown San Jose on Tuesday, after the flagrant fumes prompted someone to call 911. A hazmat team was called in. -snip- Authorities said the worker who cleaned the fridge didn't need treatment — she can't smell because of allergies
  • Chinese-made drywall ruining homes, owners say

    03/18/2009 7:37:23 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 71 replies · 2,566+ views
    CNN ^ | 3/18/09 | Jason Hanna
    (CNN) -- Officials are looking into claims that Chinese-made drywall installed in some Florida homes is emitting smelly, corrosive gases and ruining household systems such as air conditioners, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. ... The drywall is alleged to have high levels of sulfur and, according to homeowners' complaints, the sulfur-based gases smell of rotten eggs and corrode piping and wiring, causing electronics and appliances to fail. ...
  • Senator Harkin defends earmark to research pig odor [we’ve got $1.8 million to study why pigs smell]

    03/04/2009 3:18:59 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies · 1,651+ views
    Posted by: Jeremy Pelofsky Tags: Front Row Washington, Iowa, pigs, Tom Coburn, Tom Harkin Some might think it would be hard to defend spending $1.8 million on researching how to deal with the odor from pig manure, but Senator Tom Harkin found it pretty easy to do. Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, succeeded in getting the funds included in the $410 billion omnibus spending bill that is pending in the Senate, drawing protests from some like Senator John McCain that it is wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars. “I’m sure that David Letterman will probably be talking about it and Jay Leno...
  • Shooting Febreeze with Mr. Cleanface

    12/03/2008 9:09:31 AM PST · by CampusKing · 12 replies · 693+ views
    ALG News ^ | December 3, 2008
    "Harry Reid thinks you stink." "In fact, no matter what his lickspittle staffers try to tell him, he wants you to know it – and he wants you to stay the h-e-double-toothpicks away from him." "How can we be so sure? Well, the Pecksniffian Mr. Reid told us so at the grand opening of the new $621 million Capitol Visitors Center (which you, of course, were kind enough to pay for). That’s the place where from now on, Harry expects you and your putrid family and friends to go, instead of smelling up his and his cronies’ exclusive digs over...
  • CVC opens, can’t shake controversy ($621 million Capitol Visitor Center)

    12/02/2008 9:01:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,039+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/2/08 | Jordy Yager
    Following years of delays and skyrocketing costs, Tuesday’s opening of the $621 million Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) was marked by more controversy and criticism. At a morning dedication ceremony, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) offhand comment about how the taxpayer-funded center meant he and other lawmakers would not have to smell sweaty tourists raised eyebrows. By the afternoon, a Republican senator had claimed the center was godless, while a budget watchdog raised familiar arguments about the project’s wasteful spending. That followed poor reviews of the center’s architecture in two newspapers. House and Senate leaders largely ignored the four years...
  • CA: Watchdog groups raise a stink about waste board picks

    11/26/2008 9:36:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 204+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/26/08 | Shane Goldmacher
    The long tradition of political appointees landing high-paid slots on California's waste board continued Tuesday. Two termed-out Democratic state lawmakers – Assemblyman John Laird of Santa Cruz and Sen. Sheila Kuehl of Santa Monica – were appointed to posts on the Integrated Waste Management Board, courtesy of the Democratic legislative leaders. The jobs pay $132,178 a year. Both new recycling board commissioners will replace other well-connected members. Laird will replace Cheryl Peace, the wife of a former state legislator. Kuehl will replace former Democratic Sen. Wes Chesbro. Government watchdogs have criticized the board for its high proportion of highly paid...
  • First the skunk. Then the bigger stink.

    05/09/2008 8:28:45 PM PDT · by Krankor · 44 replies · 504+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/09/08 | Lisa Black
    By the time authorities finally cornered the offender under a porch, it was too late. He had done enough damage that Vicki and Mark Royal and their four kids were forced to flee their house and move to a neighboring suburb as men in protective suits stripped the building to its studs and threw out most of their belongings. When the family saw the skunk that started this ruinous chain of events, they were struck by one thing: "It was actually very cute," Vicki Royal said. The situation remains dire nonetheless. A year into the ordeal, the Royals' 5-bedroom, 6.5-bath...
  • Smell ya later! Onions in Logan odor ordeal bound for Florida

    03/27/2008 8:11:15 AM PDT · by billorites · 8 replies · 334+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | March 22, 2008 | O'Ryan Johnson
    After a three-day layover, the 5 tons of minced onions that sparked an in-flight fright for a cargo plane crew are finally bound for Florida, but this particular load of noxious veggies was placed on the No Fly List, according to the FAA. “The cargo was trucked to Miami,” said FAA spokesman Jim Peters. An Alitalia flight was bound to Miami from Milan Tuesday night when the crew was overcome by an odor and donned oxygen masks in order to make a safe emergency landing at Logan International Airport. Initial reports of toxic and flammable chemical leaks and cargo breaches...
  • Scent of a candidate bottled

    03/05/2008 2:03:55 PM PST · by Daffynition · 16 replies · 104+ views
    The Journal - WV ^ | March 5 2008 | JENNI VINCENT
    HEDGESVILLE — April Cline was a perfume designer for six years before giving it up to become a certified life coach. She hadn’t really thought about it much until about a month ago, just after watching one of the Democratic presidential debates. That’s when it hit her — why not design perfumes to compliment the presidential front runners? From that humble beginning came Presidential Perfume, featuring scents created by Cline that represent Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as well as Republican John McCain. “Not that the candidates have endorsed these, but these fragrances are simply my idea of them...