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To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L"
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2002 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: A. konjac's blooming
> The Smithsonian Institution has an osteoprep lab. Dead animals are
brought in and placed in a room full of Dermestid beetles. The building has
air filters to remove some of the odor. When the filters break down, Turkey
buzzards can be seen circling overhead. I do search the skies when my
Amorphs are flowering.
> I went in there a couple of times and the smells actually penetrates
clothing. It stays in your clothing until they get washed. Odors are air
> Mike Bordelon
> Botany Greenhouse
> Smithsonian Institution
> 4210 Silver Hill Rd.
> Suitland, MD 20746
> >>> firstname.lastname@example.org 05/10/02 11:11AM >>>
> >flowering parts. Almost four hours later, I still catch myself
> >thinking that I smell it. It must do something to your mind to
> >cause olfactory hallucinations! Anyway, it was a most pleasant
> I've often wondered about this myself. It seems that unpleasant smells
> generated by rotting material (dead bodies, rotting vegetation etc) and
> pongy flowers (as opposed to unpleasant cleaning chemicals etc) hang
> in your nose for a lot longer than pleasant smells that appear to be as
> "strong". I have often wondered if the nature of "dead thing" smell is
> actually generated by particles, and therefore when you smell them some of
> these particles lodge in your nasal passages and continue to give you the
> effect for a long time, whereas other smells do not contain as large a
> particle and therefore do not linger in your nasal passages for as long?'
> Does anyone know if this IS the case? Or is it just that we remember
> unpleasant smells better than the pleasant ones .
> It was interesting to see someone else note something I've observed and
> wondered about myself. Nice to have confirmation that it wasn't just my
> imagination (or if it was then you have the same type of imagination as
> Paul Tyerman
> Canberra, Australia. USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9
> Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
> Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
> else that doesn't move!!!!!