Remember that syrup-like smell of unknown origin that puzzled New Yorkers back in 2005 and then again later the same year? It's back:
The city’s 311 information line was flooded with callers reporting the smell of maple syrup, or something like it, wafting across several neighborhoods, a spokesman for the Office of Emergency Management said.
Read more in Mysterious Sweet Smell From 2005 Returns to Manhattan at The New York Times. Thanks to Joe for the link!
Hmmm, well at least it's not the smell of skunk. What exactly are they complaining about.. oh wait, it's New Yorkers. I lived there for a couple years.
Not sure I'd want my whole town to smell like maple syrup, but you're right that it beats skunk!
We have enough skunk roadkill around here that I know for sure that I wouldn't want to smell that, but maple syrup smell sounds sickening as well. Blech…
Maybe I'm weird, but I appreciate the scent of skunk, especially when mixed with other forest smells like wet branches, moss and earth. It's a comforting odor in a world of vanishing countrysides.
I am curious to learn the source of this maple syrup scent. It would be funny if it turned out to be performance art.
I know what you mean about comforting — don't like the smell, but nice to know we haven't wiped out all the wild animals.
Did they check sewer system for a large pond of evil pink ooze?
I smell that syrupy-sweetness sometimes here in Los Angeles, and it always turns out to be a combination of fertilizer and some kind of weed killer that they use around the athletic field near the school where I work. For some strange reason, I always think it smells like blood. It's sort of a sticky, rancid sweetness.
Poor Jersey – we're always to blame for something – especially with New Yorkers!