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What does South Africa smell like?

Fri Nov 7, 2014, 2:13 AM

Reading the news this morning, I came across this article about Heathrow installing a ”Scent Globe” to try to cheer up departing passengers with a squirt of the exotic smells awaiting them at their destinations.

I started reading the article out loud to Piet, and got to the part about South Africa.

Piet: We’re exotic?

So what does S. Africa smell like? According to Heathrow, South Africa’s fragrance “captures the adventure of safari with notes of tribal incense, wild grass and musky animalics through the scent of Hyraceum.”

Hyraceum? You’re probably wondering. I did. I checked Wikipedia.

"the petrified and rock-like excrement composed of both urine and feces excreted by the Cape Hyrax”

So … South Africa smells like thousand year old dassie shit. Gee, thanks, Heathrow, that’s terribly flattering. 

Piet: They should have made it smell like a braai.

Me: I wonder what America smells like? Cheeseburgers?

Piet: Freedom.

Me: That is cheeseburgers. And bald eagle shit.

Then I mentioned the racism of having China smell like “mystical temple incense”. Piet got curious about the “tribal incense” considering incense isn’t really a thing here traditionally, so he googled “South African tribal incense” and pretty much only got hits for the Scent Globe Article and some suspiciously festive images. 

Piet: Seems like “South African tribal incense” is a euphemism for dagga (marijuana). 

Even better. We smell like fossil poop and weed.



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