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The 7 Smelliest Things on Earth

By Steven Romano Sep 26, 2013

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Corpse Plant

The Amorphophallus titanum is a large exotic plant endemic to the Sumatran rainforest of Indonesia, seen outside its natural habitat only in private collections and public botanical gardens. This is a relief, seeing as how the Amorphophallus titanum is known colloquially as the “corpse plant.” Like the name suggests, the corpse plant reeks of rotting flesh, attracting various carrion-eating insects that aid in pollination. A study of the plant’s odor yielded surprising results, containing a cocktail of chemicals found in rotting fish, sweaty socks, and limburger cheese.

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Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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