I smell dead people

Apparently, those who yearn for a whiff of a rotting carcass without all of the accompanying unpleasantness can get their fix by coming out to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York. I kid you not – one of the Garden’s hottest attractions is a 12-foot flower that smells like a corpse.


From The New York Times:

“People will say, ‘Do you have a dead animal in here?’ ” said Patrick J. Cullina, vice president of horticulture and facilities at the botanic garden, who has worked with similar plants of different species. The literature posted beside the harmless-looking plant describes what to expect, the “revolting smell of putrefying meat.”

The corpse flower took another dramatic turn toward blooming on Thursday afternoon, as the large, green leafs began to fold back and fall away, revealing the maroon undersides that are colored to resemble an animal. As of 3:12 p.m., a very faint odor was detected in the room, said Leeann Lavin, a spokeswoman for the garden. "Right now, there are two flies on it," she said.

Employee “babysitters” will watch the plant around the clock, in case the blooming begins in the dead of night. Air masks will be passed out to the security staff.

Dr. Randolph Schutz, a psychotherapist and amateur botanist, dropped by for a look yesterday. “I must say, I don’t smell much at the moment,” he said, but he plans to return throughout the weekend. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Hmm . . . might make a fun Christmas gift for the in-laws.

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