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Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

…unless it is 268ft 4in long like the one rolled by long time Cuban cigar roller Jose Castelar Cairo. There’s a picture of both the cigar and the man at the link.

via The Sun |News

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May 5, 2011 Posted by | Big stink, cool people, cool stuff | Comments Off on Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

Biodegradable shoes?

It used to be that the only thing to do with an old pair of shoes was to tie the laces together and chuck them up over a telephone line. Now, a better answer has come along: just bury them in your backyard, and they’ll magically grow into something beautiful.

OAT sneakers are made entirely of biodegradable materials, but integrated into those materials somehow are an assortment of dormant seeds. When you’re done with the shoes, just douse them in water and bury them somewhere, and in a little bit, they’ll sprout flowers.

More via DVICE.

February 12, 2011 Posted by | Big stink, Strange | Comments Off on Biodegradable shoes?

“Sauerkraut can explodes.” Well, that just stinks

Twenty-four students and four staff members at a central B.C. high school were briefly quarantined after a can of sauerkraut exploded Friday in a food science class

.The fire department, a hazardous materials unit and RCMP were called to Kelly Road Secondary School in Prince George at about 2 p.m. PT.  RCMP Const. Lesley Smith said school officials were concerned about a possible botulism outbreak after the contents of a years-old can of pickled cabbage splattered on students.

via CBC News: Sauerkraut explosion prompts quarantine.

September 11, 2010 Posted by | accident messes, Big stink | Comments Off on “Sauerkraut can explodes.” Well, that just stinks

You think your natural gas bill stinks? This one really does.

Paying bills usually stinks, but gas bills from a utility in Washington state will include something truly odorous this month: the stench of rotten eggs.

As part of a safety campaign, Puget Sound Energy is including a scratch-and-sniff pamphlet with its billing statements to remind customers of what leaking gas smells like.

via Wash. utility adds rotten egg smell to bills – Yahoo! News.

August 13, 2010 Posted by | Big stink | | Comments Off on You think your natural gas bill stinks? This one really does.

The glamour of TV news

News staff at Cyprus’s state broadcaster briefly walked off the job on Monday over conditions which included smelly studios and an infestation of fleas, workers said.

More via  Yahoo! News.

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Big stink, Dumb Stuff, People | Comments Off on The glamour of TV news

Say it with flowers? Nah. Say it with manure.

An Iowa farmer has given his wife her “crappiest” ever birthday present.

Dick Kleis used a manure spreader to spell out “HAP B DAY LUV U” in a field visible from the living room of the couple’s home. Wife Carole was surprisingly happy with the gift of more than 50 tonnes of dung, reports the local Telegraph Herald. “He’s done weird things before for birthdays,” she said. “But maybe not this weird.”

Mr Kleis did also take his wife out for dinner and a movie to celebrate her 67th birthday, but wanted to do something unique.

via Ananova – Hubby says it with manure.

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Big stink, Strange | , | Comments Off on Say it with flowers? Nah. Say it with manure.

It was gas and it was natural…but not the kind you heat with

A portly [Australian] pig with flatulence triggered a minor emergency near Bendigo this week when smells wafting from the 120kg porker sparked fears of a potentially dangerous gas leak.

Two Country Fire Authority tankers and 15 firefighters turned out in darkness to search the source of the leak at a property at Axedale, east of Bendigo. But the likely culprit was soon sniffed out, the pet sow startled from slumber in the dead of night.

More via  News.com.au.

December 2, 2009 Posted by | animals, Big stink | Comments Off on It was gas and it was natural…but not the kind you heat with

Has your cigarette been tasting different lately? Maybe it’s the rabbit poo.

More than £1 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes filled with rabbit droppings instead of tobacco have been confiscated by customs officials in Spain.

The fake cigarettes – due to be sold on the black market as famous brands – were discovered after British holidaymakers in the Canary Islands smelled a rat whenever they lit up.

via Ananova – Customs officers seize rabbit poo cigs.

November 13, 2009 Posted by | Big stink, Dumb buyers, Strange | Comments Off on Has your cigarette been tasting different lately? Maybe it’s the rabbit poo.

Is that Spring in the air? Nope. It’s 44 tons of rotting meat

Behind the freezer doors at a meat plant [in Bridgewater, SD] mysteriously abandoned by its owner, the 44 tons of bison meat managed to hold its own for months, masked by the brutal chill of two South Dakota winters. Once the power was cut and spring thaw arrived, nature took over. And enough rotting meat to fill a high school gym did exactly what you’d expect: It stank.

It stank at the bank. It smelled at the law office. It reeked at the cafe. Even the jewelry store wasn’t immune. Everyone in this tiny town could smell it, everywhere they went. A putrid odor so downright nasty the cleaners sent to mop up the gooey mess of liquefied meat — topped by a blanket of swarming white maggots and buzzed by a legion of flies — gave up after two days.

More via 44 tons of rotting meat stink up South Dakota town – Yahoo! News.

October 5, 2009 Posted by | Big stink | Comments Off on Is that Spring in the air? Nope. It’s 44 tons of rotting meat

Shouldn’t have had that last serving of sauerkraut

An Austrian man has been fined £45 for breaking wind while he was being questioned by police officers.

Police in Graz said the laughter of passers-by humiliated them, giving them grounds to book Hansi Sporer, 20, under local anti police abuse laws.

“This was no accident. He clearly intended to make a laughing stock out of the officers and deserved what he got,” said one police source.

via Ananova – Windy Austrian fined.

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Big stink, cops, Fun stuff | Comments Off on Shouldn’t have had that last serving of sauerkraut

Quiz: Which one has the clean diaper?

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via The Local

February 15, 2009 Posted by | Big stink | | Comments Off on Quiz: Which one has the clean diaper?

“He flies through the air with the greatest of ease…”

A German schoolboy was blown out of his toilet and through a window when the lavatory exploded into a fireball after he sparked a lighter just moments after spraying the room with air freshener.

The toilet turned into an orange fireball when Dennis Bueller, 13, began playing with a lighter after he sprayed the downstairs WC in his home.

‘I sprayed the toilet because it smelled,’ said Dennis. ‘ Then I began fiddling with a lighter my dad left in there and suddenly there was this big orange whoosh of flame. I woke up outside with my clothes burned off me and smelling like a barbecue.’

via Mail Online

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Big stink, Strange | Comments Off on “He flies through the air with the greatest of ease…”

Whoa, man! You need a shower!

There’s more at Wired.com

Possibly because of excitement over the Russia-Georgia conflict last month, little attention was given to a new development in chemical warfare – the first use by the Israeli police of a new, smelly weapon to disperse demonstrators:

Israeli police say the new crowd-control method, which they call a “skunk bomb,” was used for the first time Friday in the village of Naalin. Palestinians have been holding almost daily protests against a security barrier that Israel is building in the area.

Israeli police say a water-spraying device showered the liquid on the demonstrators, forcing most to rush off to change their clothes.

The weapons are described as an improvement over the rubber bullets and tear gas used previously, and “medical and legal authorities approved the use of the foul-smelling liquid.”

September 21, 2008 Posted by | Big stink | , | Comments Off on Whoa, man! You need a shower!