April 4, 1991 |
There is nothing funny about the funny odor plaguing a classroom at Whitehall Elementary School in Monroe Township, parents and teachers say. Members of Whitehall's Parents Advisory Council say the odor, described as a dry, caustic smell, has been strong enough to send a teacher to the hospital and sicken some students. Baffled in their attempts to trace the odor's source, school board officials hope to meet tonight with the advisory council and Testwell-Craig Laboratories of Mays Landing, which tested the classroom for possible contaminants on Feb. 27. The board expects to release final results of those tests at the meeting.
September 26, 1986 |
More than 75 parents blocked the doors of a West Philadelphia elementary school this morning, effectively closing down the school to protest an incident Wednesday when scores of pupils and employees were sickened by an odor in the building. Teachers also stayed outside the school, although some later entered the building to be with children who remained on the scene because their parents were at work. The parents at the William Cullen Bryant School, at 60th Street and Cedar Avenue, said they were worried that the school building is unsafe after many children reported headaches, dizziness and vomiting Wednesday.
August 5, 1992 |
Dear Polly: Help! Our freezer failed and some fish thawed, leaving a terrible odor. How can I get the smell out of the freezer? - Alice Wash out the interior of the freezer with a solution of half vinegar, half water. This may take care of the problem. If not, you'll need to do a more thorough cleaning and deodorizing. Wash the interior with a half-and-half mixture of chlorine bleach and water to kill any bacteria. Then, place a shallow pan of activated charcoal in the unit, turn it on, close the door and let it sit for a week.
March 17, 1997 |
Market-Frankford train commuters are making a big stink about an overpowering stench of raw sewage that has SEPTA's 11th Street subway station smelling like a country outhouse. "The odor is so foul it makes me ill," said Marsha Rogozinski, of Bridesburg, about what she called "a God-awful smell that has been around for months. " Donna Craig said the last time she smelled anything so rank was when the compressor in her refrigerator broke down. "A carton of extra large eggs inside went sour, just like this station," said Craig, of West Philadelphia.
December 1, 1995 |
School-district officials met with concerned parents last night at Atlantis Elementary School, declaring it safe for students but in need of repairs. A mysterious musty odor forced officials to close the school for nearly a week after some parents feared it was making children sick. The school reopened Tuesday after testing by the district's environmental consultant, E. Marko Associates. The odor was caused by wet insulation, a leaky roof and faulty ventilation, said JoAnn Gonzalez-Major, a consultant with E. Marko.
January 18, 1988 |
Responding to hundreds of telephone complaints, fire trucks and Philadelphia Gas Works crews scurried all over West and Northwest Philadelphia trying to track down the source of a noxious odor yesterday afternoon. The quick and massive response from the agencies may have been related to natural gas explosions that severely damaged rowhouses in the Kensington section Saturday night and in Overbrook on Jan. 10. The crews did not find the source of the odor last night. Nor did an inspector with the air management services division of the city's Health Department.
August 28, 1988 |
Pet odor is a frequent cause of animals' falling into disfavor at home or inspiring complaints from neighbors. A household with pets should smell as sweet as one without, so before you start blaming the animals, consider how good a housekeeper you are. Do you regularly scrub, vacuum, dust and air your premises? A clean, healthy pet should be odor-free. There are no animal smells in homes in which the pets are well; where cat litter boxes are dumped (not merely sifted) and scrubbed daily with soap and water; where dogs and cats are thoroughly brushed three to four times a week and their ears cleaned weekly; where pet bedding is removable and washed every few days.
March 7, 2012 |
Residents of a Springfield Township apartment complex have been evacuated from their homes because of an unidentified chemical odor. A number of residents reportedly have been taken to a hospital. Their conditions are not known. The apartment complex is at 610 E. Woodland Ave. Firefighters have been there since about 7:30 a.m. Officials are trying to determine the source of the odor.
February 23, 1988 |
They smelled it first in South Philadelphia. Then it was over Center City and moving into North Philadelphia. And before the hour was past, the complaints of a strange odor were pouring in to police dispatchers in Montgomery County. Beginning about 7:45 p.m., police, fire and other agencies in Philadelphia and eastern Montgomery County were inundated with calls from people who said they smelled natural gas or rotten eggs. Crews from the Philadelphia Gas Works and the city's Air Management Services worked throughout the area trying to find the source.
February 16, 2014 |
And now, from the department of vital information that it never occurred to you to think about, we bring you earwax odor. Scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Center report that compared to whites, the earwax of east Asian people contains significantly lower amounts of odor-causing substances called volatile organic compounds. Setting aside for a moment the tale of how this odd topic became the focus of study, it turns out that the fragrance of one's auditory canal could have medical implications.