What Did Perry Smell Like? A Preview…

Posted on May 22nd, 2007 by

We had a logbook for people to use, immediately after leaving the Perry Room, to record their impressions of Perry’s odor (thanks to Kevin Oberg for suggesting that we do that). There are several hundred entries, and all of them are in the process of being entered into a word processing document. We plan to make almost the entire list (excluding a few for various reasons…) available, but meanwhile, here are a few comments as a preview.

dead rabbit

rotten sauerkraut

rotten fish

rotten chicken

a large, unwashed man

rotting fish + seaweed

road kill

The impressions changed as Perry’s inflorescence aged, and I plan to do an analysis of those changes once the full data set is available.

Here are some links for Perry:

three webcams (distant, top-down, and close) and Titan Arum web page



  1. Adam Gurno says:

    I made a movie with my family’s account of what it smelled like. :)


  2. Brian says:

    Thank you very much for that excellent video – the spontaneity is great, as is the impromptu composition – I especially like the walk up the stairs. A wonderful record. You’ve made many people happy.

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