Not quite the grabage shute in Star Wars, but nasty nonethless. London’s Natural history Museum recreates scents from the past to give museum goers a natural sense of what the time period was like:
“Re-creating the breath of a T-Rex for a huge model dinosaur in London’s Natural History Museum posed challenges all of their own. “We spoke to palaeontologists, who gave us a description of the dinosaur. Basically the bigger the creature the smellier they were,” said Knight, who is passionate about accuracy. “The dinosaurs would have had open sores from fighting, and rotting meat stuck in the gaps between their teeth.
“We needed all these features in the eventual odor,” he said.
T-Rex breath turned out so accurate and so revolting, the curators instead opted for a milder swamp smell to evoke the creature’s natural habitat.”
AND, my early request for Quote of the Week:
“I’ve had otter poo on my desk,” said Knight, who created the odor for a zoo’s nature trail, alongside the smell of jaguar urine and rotting flesh.”
Dale Air is your official smell recreator:
“Dale Air started life as an air-freshener firm. Then founder Fred Dale, who died earlier this year, found a lucrative sideline. He was invited to mix familiar odors from the 1920s for use in old peoples’ homes. These triggered memories and encouraged conversation among elderly residents. Dale never looked back. Soon museums were commissioning smells such as Dead Roman Soldier’s Armpit and Viking Loo.”
Loo: A privy, a lavatory. As in “1955 G. FREEMAN Liberty Man II. vi. 113 Johnnie, do take him to the loo, there’s a good boy.”