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Episode 1506

Oh, For Cute!

A stereotype is a preconceived notion about a person or group. Originally, though, the word stereotype referred to a printing device used to produce lots of identical copies. • The link between tiny mythical creatures called trolls and modern-day...

Why Old Books Smell Good

Nothing like that old-book smell. And if you open up an old volume and think you detect notes of vanilla, there’s a good reason. That intoxicating scent is the result of lignin, a chemical compound in plants used for making paper. It has a...

Travel Jargon

Post-9/11, we’ve heard a lot of new jargon pertaining to travel and security. An example is vaporwake, that term for the airborne trail we leave of our natural scent, perfumes, and the odor of any drugs or weapons we may be carrying. Another...

odor

odor  n.— «Andy Paulios, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources, and Bill Smith, conservation biologist in the DNR’s Bureau of Endangered Resources, provided basic information on the...

ladybug taint

ladybug taint  n.— «There’s even a name for it—“ladybug taint.” The smell, which connotes green bell peppers or roasted peanuts, is produced by ladybugs as a defense mechanism. The chemicals they release, in a class of compounds called...

fart in a mitten

fart in a mitten  n.— «Fart in a mitten is defined as an odor that becomes trapped in fabrics, which you just can’t eliminate. We’re guessing the person who made the comment thinks Paris is the odor and the world is the fabric...