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The Summer of My Stink Flower

I’ve been waiting years to write a title like that. Today was a perfect summer day in the city and I played hookey to go out to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and witness an honest-to-God once in a lifetime thing: the blooming of Amorphophallus titanum. Remember the Simpsons episode where Moe becomes Maggie’s best friend? It starts out with the whole town turning out to witness a giant flower that only blooms once a century and emits a disgusting odor that drives everyone crazy? Well it’s real and New York has one. They exagerrated a little for the show — it really smells more like rotted meat. Mildly rotted meat. You can read all about it [here]. The most beautiful day of the entire summer and I spent it with the Stink Flower. And I wonder why I’m single…

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