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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:48 am
 


Britain's next door neighbour to the south has caused yet another stink....


French stench hits southern England after gas leak

Five years ago they gave us “le stink” and now the French have struck again with "le pong", as residents of south-eastern England were left choking on the remnants of another pungent Gallic release.

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The plant, which makes additives for industrial lubricants and paint, is owned by Lubrizol Photo: AFP

By Nick Collins, John-Paul Ford Rojas and Andrew Hough
22 Jan 2013
The Telegraph

Households in Kent awoke to the stench of rotten eggs, cabbage and garlic wafting across the channel yesterday after the accidental release of a cloud of mercaptan gas from a factory in Rouen.

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Authorities insisted the fug was harmless, but emergency services were nevertheless flooded with calls as the stench crept as far as Hampshire and London during the course of the day.

The National Grid said its gas emergency phone line had received more than 100,000 calls – an "unprecedented number" – by 2pm, with just 8,000 to 10,000 usually expected in one day.

Some local businesses were evacuated yesterday amid fears of gas leaks. Residents across much of Kent reported a "very strong smell of gas", forcing many to frantically check their homes.

The local fire service said it had received a "large volume of calls" while authorities were dispatched to more than half-a-dozen different areas to check whether any buildings were leaking gas.

After initial fears of a major gas leak were dispelled, residents complained of retching due to the sulphurous smell while in France people reported suffering headaches and nausea.

It came five years after “le stink” – the infamous occasion when parts of England were subjected to the reek of French agricultural waste blowing across from the continent.

The offending agent on this occasion was a cloud of mercaptan gas, the “stenching agent” added to odourless municipal gas used in ovens and heating systems.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthn ... -leak.html


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:57 am
 


NAsty. The most pungent compound known to humankind. Mercaptans can be detected by the human nose in the low parts-per-billion! It's one of teh reasons they use this substance to deliberately odorize natural gas--so you'll know right away if you've got a leak. Genius idea, whoever thought of it.

From what I gather, not really harmful. I think that mercaptans smell the same as hydrogen sulfide though (H2S), which is exquisitely toxic, so probhably pretty scary to smell that.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:05 pm
 


It said on the BBC last night that mercaptan is harmless - except to the nose.

It is also known as methanethiol and is one of the main chemicals responsible for bad breath and the smell of farts.

It's also in the Guinness Book of Records for being the smelliest known substance in existence.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:16 pm
 


Batsy wrote:
It said on the BBC last night that mercaptan is harmless - except to the nose.

It is also known as methanethiol and is one of the main chemicals responsible for bad breath and the smell of farts.

It's also in the Guinness Book of Records for being the smelliest known substance in existence.



Oh so that's what the French put in their cheese then. RFLMAO


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:23 pm
 


martin14 wrote:
Batsy wrote:
It said on the BBC last night that mercaptan is harmless - except to the nose.

It is also known as methanethiol and is one of the main chemicals responsible for bad breath and the smell of farts.

It's also in the Guinness Book of Records for being the smelliest known substance in existence.



Oh so that's what the French put in their cheese then. RFLMAO



From what I've just read on wikipedia, mercaptan actually does occur in cheese. :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:41 pm
 


Are they sure it's the fault of the French? Most of that army of chavs and soccer hoolies that plagues Old Blighty these days looks fairly pungent at the best of times. Nary a toothbrush among the lot of them, I'd wager.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:45 pm
 


Come on guys. This is a gimme. Obviously the French farted in the Brits general direction. And those cheese farts are wicked.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:54 pm
 


This thread needs, nay, it demands this:



Daffy English kniggets! 8)


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