Why Do We Sometimes Like To Smell Stinky Things?

When a corpse flower named Trudy bloomed last weekend, thousands of people lined up for a whiff of its "magnificent stink." The giant blossom smells like a heady mix of rotting fish, sewage, and dead bodies. It's meant to draw flies, but just as surely, it draws tourists.

In fact, the demand to see and smell a corpse flower is so great that botanical gardens now vie to own one. Gardeners lavish them with care, hoping to to coax more stinky blooms from a plant whose scent is so rare (up to a decade between flowerings) and so fleeting (eight to 12 hours) that ...

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