Authorities Haven’t Found Origin of ‘God Awful’ Smell in Staten Island

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This morning, several Staten Island residents called the police and fire department to report a foul-smelling odor. Officials still don’t seem to have figured out the origin of the mysterious funk. 

The Staten Island Advance began cataloguing the many reports they had received from expert-scent correspondents throughout the borough. The dispatches often involved a fishy smell, but they were diverse enough that it made the odor sound like the work of a fragrance-minded boggart that took on the stench of the worst thing each person could imagine.

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The Advance asked for readers to share their thoughts on the smell in the comments section; the helpful submissions included, That’s not an odor, that’s Staten Island!” and “Garbage juice.”

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