揭秘：世界上最臭的东西是什么？ These are the worst smells in the world, according to science
中国日报网 2018-08-08 09:01
Recent research has pinned down the fact the planet smells like rotten eggs.
A team of astronomers discovered recently that it is none other than Hydrogen Sulfide, a gas that gives it that distinct smell and which is present abundantly in the atmosphere of Uranus.
This notorious fruit can smell so bad that it recently led to a massive evacuation at a University in Melbourne after students feared there was a gas leakage.
Turns out, it was a rotten durian fruit that caused the students to panic, the smell of which got carried over the university's air conditioning.
According to a study, the durian fruit gets its characteristic smell from 44-odour active compounds that can smell like anything from a rotten egg to delicious caramel. Go figure!
Rafflesia arnoldii 阿诺尔特大花
AKA, the Stinking Corpse Lily! It literally smells like a dead, decaying and rotting corpse, with a hint of fish and sweaty socks for good measure.
Found in south-east Asia (it's a national flower of Indonesia), it is the largest single flower in the world at around one metre across - and it ranks as the absolute smelliest, right alongside the famed Titan Arum.
While the titan arum takes around a decade between flowerings, the corpse lily's pungent stench blossoms far more often, taking several months at a time, each with a short life-span of 4-5 days only.
Its reason for smelling so bad? To attract carrion flies which are its potential pollinators. Survival of the smelliest. Sadly, this amazing flower is on the verge of extinction and is now a protected species.
Vieux Boulogne 老布洛涅奶酪
The Vieux Boulogne is the smelliest cheese in the world. One scientist even subjected its smell to an electronic nose, a device that detects urinary infections and tuberculosis on which it tested positive!
It's no surprise then that some describe the cheese as smelling like a cows behind. Keen to give that one a try? We might skip it for now.
Ancient excrement 古老的粪便
Next one is so obvious that it is pretty hard to miss. Or pass. If you haven't figured it out yet it is faeces or poop. It sure is something since it can stink even after a whopping 700 hundred years!
Archaeologists on an evacuation of a medieval latrine in the Danish city of Odense found that the 14th century toilets which were nothing but repurposed barrels, were still reeking of poop. That's some serious stink staying power.
The Lesser Anteater 小食蚁兽
Don't let this one deceive you with its cute face. Get too close and you will definitely regret it. It turns out the Lesser Anteater is five to seven times smellier than the infamous skunk.
The Lesser Anteater uses its stench to ward off any unwanted visitors and predators. You've been warned.