Smell Forces Library At Australian University To Temporarily Evacuate

May 14, 2019
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Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. The University of Canberra in Australia had a temporary scare recently. This horrible smell was emanating from the library. Staff thought it might be a gas leak, so they evacuated immediately. An hour later, the school sent out a message saying it wasn't a gas leak after all; it was a durian fruit left in a garbage can, which was apparently not enough to contain the odor from this infamous fruit. Smithsonian magazine described it this way - turpentine and onions garnished with a gym sock. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.