Reuters: "A cloud of harmless gas smelling of sweat and rotten eggs leaked out of a chemicals factory in northwest France and wafted across the English Channel as far as London on Tuesday."

16 Responses to “French stench reaches London”

  1. peregrinus says:

    Ai fahrt in yur jeneral directsion.

  2. nixiebunny says:

    That’s what the French are saying, at least. We know the truth.

  3. At least it’s not the Salton Sea this time.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Don’t remind me. Last year was the worst. We were blanketed by the stench almost daily for about a month.

  4. Chris Hogan says:

    “What a dreadful smell!” said the uninitiated stranger. “It is the smell of the Continent, sir!” replied the man of experience. And so it was. (Frances Trollope)

  5. Brian says:

    If it smelled of rotten eggs it probably contained some hydrogen sulfide, which is not a harmless gas…

    • Luther Blissett says:

      Methanethiol, aka methyl mercaptane. Also a main ingredient of bad breath.

      Alternative headline: “+100k Brits calling the police because of bad french breath!”

  6. kroeghe says:

    Yay, let’s make some xenophobic jokes about the French, it’s not like they’re real people anyway.

    • Luther Blissett says:

       Tell this YarYar Binks and Anakin, do ya? ;)

    • TheMudshark says:

      They´re awfully delicate people too. I can just picture them all drenched in tears over four or five mildly offensive jokes on boingboing.

    • Frank Lee Scarlett says:

      Ah, come on. The French have been joyously thumbing their noses at John Bull’s sneering for centuries. And farting in their general direction.

      I thought the Paris PD did rather a nice job of trolling them in the following statement:

      “[…] the gas posed no health risks but warned that it smelled like a mixture of sweat, garlic and rotten eggs.”

      Substitute drains for rotten eggs and you’re reading the stereotypical reaction of a John Bull Briton on his or her first (and probably, last) visit to Paris. It’s up there with “Coachman, the postilion has been struck by lightning” among snort-inducing literary clichés.

  7. How could a gas that smells like B/O and eggs be harmless?

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