November 9, 2012
By James Brobyn If you asked me what I remember most about my time as a Marine in Iraq, my answer would probably surprise you. More than anything, I remember the smells. To this day, I can still smell the aromas of Iraqi towns and foods, which trigger fond memories of exploring a new culture with my fellow Marines. And I can recall the less pleasant smells of hydraulic fluid leaking from my light-armored vehicle, and of a platoon of Marines who hadn't showered for 45 days. And then there are the sinister odors of dead and decaying bodies, blended with the strangely sweet smell of explosive residue.
November 8, 2012 |
If Brad Pitt wants me to douse my body in Chanel No. 5, then I will - even if he barely makes sense. The world's iconic women's fragrance kicked off its latest advertising campaign last month with a 31-second commercial featuring gray-templed Pitt mumbling nonsense. "It's not a journey," Pitt says (so serious!). "Every journey ends, but we go on. The world turns and we turn with it. Plans disappear. Dreams take over . . . . " Is this a 12th-grade sonnet class or a TV ad?
October 21, 2012
They died in a puff of smoke. One brief, billowing, black cloud against the bluest sky was the only visible evidence that something awful and monumental had just happened in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands that Tuesday morning 11 years ago. A photograph of that puff of smoke, hovering like a malevolent storm cloud over a peaceful landscape of red barns and green pastures, was taken by someone living a mile and a half away minutes after the crash....
October 19, 2012 |
Nick Lachey has come out squarely on the side of parents who like to smell their children. Yep, he says, I love sniffin' my son. Nick, whose wife, Vanessa , delivered their first baby, son Camden John , on Sept. 12, has a unique way of expressing parental pride. He sniffs his son. He takes in the bairn's odorous aura. "That smell of your newborn baby doesn't last very long, but it's something you'll always remember," Nick, 38, tells Parade. "So I find myself sniffing his head and his neck.
October 1, 2012 |
Come back, Mitt! Last week, the Republican presidential candidate returned to Pennsylvania for the first time since mid-July. Thanks for stopping by! At a morning Union League fund-raiser, Romney said it would be a "shock" if Pennsylvania "actually did come our way. " By the time he arrived at Valley Forge Military Academy, the former governor was feeling triumphant, promising, "We're going to take Pennsylvania. " Clearly, Romney embraces change, in the span of an hour going from shock to awe. President Obama's been equally elusive.
July 31, 2012 |
Question: While I love the "new car scent" of my new SUV, I can't help but think that it's not good for me to breathe in those chemical fumes. How dangerous is it? Answer: The new car smell that many of us love is nothing but glue and plastic fumes given off from a freshly manufactured car. Despite the alluring scent, chemical fumes like those aren't healthy to breathe in. A 2001 Australian study found the following chemicals released from a new car's interior: benzene, cyclohexanone, and styrene.
July 20, 2012 |
Her apron smudged, Tegan Hagy could be found one day last week in her usual, if rather unlikely, haunt — a second-floor kitchen space she shares with a cupcake baker in the echoing vastness of the old Globe Dye Works at the edge of Frankford's postindustrial boneyard. She is the city's only — though far from its first — maker of bean-to-bar chocolate bars (hers are PhillyLoveBars), sourcing and roasting her own cocoa beans, one 145-pound bag at a time. She has bigger plans, of course.
July 10, 2012 |
Dear Harry: My situation has been kicking around since my mother-in-law died in 2010. My husband was her only child, and he is deceased. Her nearest kin are my three children. My mother-in-law left a home and some small savings accounts. There was no will. I went to City Hall and went through the process of having myself appointed as administrator of her estate. It was very easy to get the banks to transfer their accounts to the estate. The house was a bigger problem. I did get the title transferred to the estate.
June 8, 2012 |
A sludge plant whose stench was once the unwelcoming smell motorists got anytime they crossed the Platt Bridge near the airport is the perfect metaphor for the malodorous deal involving City Hall insiders that led to the facility's replacement. A less fragrant process to turn human waste into fertilizer and fuel has cleared the air of that stench, but the smell left by all the influence-peddling that preceded the deal yet clings to Mayor Nutter, who did what he could to inject some integrity into the contract but could have stood on higher ground morally had he rejected it outright.
June 5, 2012 |
When psychologist Johan Lundstrom decided to test whether there really was an "old people smell" he got good news and bad news. Unfortunately, he found, people can tell the difference in body odor among young, middle-aged, and old people. The good news is people aren't very good at telling which odors came from which age group. Also on the bright side: Women smell no worse as they age and men get nicer smelling after 75. Lundstrom, who works at the University of Pennsylvania and the Monell Chemical Senses Center, said he decided to investigate this matter when giving a recent talk at a retirement home near Philadelphia.