Last week we went from coffee to civet cats (and coffee that went though civet cats… yikes!).
This week, we’re gonna look at smells (starting with smells that come from civet cats).
Civet, a honey-like secretion from a civet cat’s genitals, gives off an unpleasant odor, but in the right proportion transforms perfume into an aphrodisiac. Civet helped create the allure of the original Chanel No. 5.
In 2005, New York Times carried the headline, “Good Smell Perplexes New Yorkers.” The reported phenomenon was a mysterious maple-syrup scent wafting over the city. The smell’s source was never identified.
From “That’s a Fact, Jack” by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser.