October 20, 2011
A flight from Philadelphia to Switzerland was diverted to Boston Thursday night because of a report of a burning smell in the rear of the plane, a Boston airport spokesman said. US Airways flight 710 to Zurich with 187 passengers and nine crew members landed safely at Boston Logan International Airport at 7:44 p.m., said airport spokesman Phil Orlandella. The crew reported an "electrical smell in the aft gally. " The cause of the smell was under investigation. Four flight attendants reported feeling ill and were transported to Massachussetts General Hospital as a precaution, Orlandella said.
October 17, 2011 |
THE SOUND OF a dog yapping on Saturday morning led landlord Turgut Gozleveli down into the lower basement of the Northeast Philadelphia apartment building he owned, down to an abandoned boiler room that was bizarrely locked shut with a chain wrapped around the door handle. Gozleveli, 71, unwrapped the chain and opened the door, smelling urine and the earthiness of the dirt floor mixed into something he could only describe as a "horrible smell, like unexpected, like undesirable smell - the urine smell.
August 30, 2011 |
BY THE TIME Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley toured flood-ravaged Darby Borough yesterday, he had already coined his Hurricane Irene catchphrase. "We prepared for the worst, we prayed for the best and we got something in between," he said. "Quite frankly, we're OK with that. " But for some of the Darby residents who made their way to Cawley's outdoor news conference, OK is still a long way away. Roshanda Maxwell said that she has an inch of mud in her house and all her food was destroyed by floodwaters.
August 20, 2011 |
The scratch-and-sniff "Aroma-Scope" gimmick of Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D didn't work. Maybe I got a defective card, but the scents you're supposed to sample when the number flashes on the screen and you scratch the corresponding number on your card all smelled like burned artificial blueberry syrup. So take away one "D" from this "4D" movie, one gimmick from a gimmick-laden kiddie comedy from the Robert Rodriguez Spy Kids factory. Gadgets, cheese puffs, and diapers fly off the screen in the cheesiest kid-friendly 3-D tradition.
June 13, 2011 |
Authorities don't suspect anything criminal behind the 1,000 fish that turned up dead in and around Ridley Park Lake over the weekend. Except, of course, for the smell. About 8:15 p.m. Saturday, police were called to the Delaware County lake for a report of a large number of dead fish, Ridley Park Chief Tom Byrne said. "It stunk," he said, referring not to the call, but to the smell at the scene. Byrne estimated that fish of all types - including catfish and carp - had died.
June 8, 2011 |
The man expected to serve as the next sheriff of Philadelphia will probably have to pass a legal smell test before taking office. A former legislative aide to state Rep. Jewell Williams sued the state in federal court last week, claiming that Williams insulted her religion, repeatedly tried to kiss her and then once sent her home from his district office when he didn't like the way she smelled. Williams, in his sixth term representing the 197th District in North Philly, won the May 17 Democratic primary election for sheriff and is expected to win that post in the Nov. 8 general election.
June 2, 2011 |
A sulfur-like smell drove students from Paulsboro High School this morning. Students were moved outside, not sent home, for less than an hour, while the school was ventilated. "They were evacuated because the smell on the outside was less than the smell in the building," explained district superintendent Frank Scambia. They returned by about 9:30 to finish a full day of classes, he said. Investigators were continuing to try to determine the source of the smell. A police lieutenant, who compared the odor to rotten eggs, said the problem was sulfur dioxide released from a nearby oil refinery.
May 23, 2011 |
The human nose doesn't always know. According to the latest research, we do not all smell the same thing when we walk through a flower-studded meadow in April or a fetid alley in August. As neuroscientist Charles Wysocki sees it, we all live in different sensory worlds. Some people can't smell cilantro. Some can't smell truffles. And thanks to research at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in West Philadelphia, it's been scientifically documented that some can't detect the funky odor of post-asparagus-eating urine.
May 20, 2011 |
It may not have been survival of the smartest but of the keenest sniffers that pushed the brains of early mammals to grow far bigger and more complex than those of their reptilian ancestors. A group of paleontologists announced Friday that they had used CT scanning to analyze the skulls of ancient creatures on the evolutionary path to becoming mammals, and found most of the brain growth occurred in the smell center - the olfactory bulb. "We associate the brain's primary function with thinking," said Zhe-Xi Luo, a paleontologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, who was part of the team.