I picked up a cheap 2lb dead-blow rubber hammer from Princess Auto
(Our Kanuckistani equivalent to Harbor Freight) and left it in the van
for a day. When opening the door, the whole van just reeked of some
off-gassed rubber. I then noticed that a rubber air-hose had the same
strong smell. Also made in China. (The GoodYear hose doesn't smell
To top it off, my kid bought a volley-ball set and the ball was also
stinking to high heaven....to the point we had to leave it outside...
it made us nauseous.
Next thing I know, I'm back in Princess Auto for something and the
whole store smells like that.
What kind of sub-standard crap is stinking like that? Are they're not
bothering to cure it properly or is it just bad rubber to begin with?
I mean, I openend a tool-case with a cordless drill in it, and the
handle had a rubber over-mold, it darn near knocked me on my ass.
I think I justabout had it with that Chinese crap.
Had a hand cart that I bought from Sam's Club, it stunk out the garage for a
few months, especially through the summer heat. The cheap rubber is the
cause, it eventually off gassed most of the smell and now I don't notice it
We have a saying about cheap Chinese products at the bike shop. The
smell that comes out of the box is a mix of:
1.) Paints outlawed in the rest of the world.
2.) Body parts caught in the machine that rotted in the 40' container
3.) The sweat of forced child labor.
It is a noticeable smell, too.
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I tell ya... I bought a few sinks from a Chinese distributor a few
years ago, and I swear that it took weeks to get the stench out of my
shop. The cardboard was just disgusting and the slab of pressed wood-
fibre which was in the box to protect the sink, must have been made
from pressed dog-shit and fish bones.... held together by a mixture of
mung and panda vomit. The excrement of that fibre-board got into my
fingers..and even after I washed my hands several times, every time I
picked my nose....wait...I said too much....
I built some shop drawers out of Chinese ply and the fish glue smell will
knock you on your ass after almost two years.
If you've ever been to China you would know that this, and the rubber smell
you're having trouble with, are the things that actually smell good!
LOL ... ya gotta be kidding?!??
just that tofu, or whatever the hell it is, in ANY of the ubiquitous open
air markets would gag a maggot off a gut wagon a mile away. But since it's
for sale, there are those who obviously can't smell it on their upper lip.
BTW, sorry to hear about that lingering cold/sinus problem ... hope you got
it cleared up. :)
British pubs in need of aromatic makeover
LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The recent passage of a smoking ban throughout
Britain has created a new problem for pub-goers, the stale and foul
smells the smoke once covered up.
The Sunday Times of London said a lack of cigarette smoke in British
pubs has revealed the quite unpleasant odor of sweat and stale beer,
prompting one company to begin placing fresher scents inside the pubs
Included among the unique smells now filling Mitchells & Butlers pubs
are freshly cut grass and a pleasant ocean breeze.
Oliver Devine, a marketing manager, said such smells became necessary
once the true smells of pubs were laid bare by the smoking ban.
"Appetizing food smells have increased but others are less attractive,
such as stale food and beer, damp, sweat and body odor, drains and --
how do you put this nicely? " Devine said, "flatulence."
The newspaper said similar scents were used in Scottish pubs when that
nation put a smoking ban into effect a year ago.
Two things might be worse my olfactory experience ... "durian" in Indonesia,
and _real_ "menudo", made the authentic way, in rural Mexico.
To say that both smell like week old road kill is putting it mildly.
I've eaten menudo in old Mexico, not the stuff sold here in the US, and at
first it took quite a bit of tequila to get it there, but it was good once
you got it to your mouth.
Durian, I simply could not get drunk enough to get to my lips ... and that's
saying something back in those days.
Then there was some of that rotten fish juice in SE Asia, Nuoc Man (sp?),
but I liked that right off the bat because it went well with rice, and I'm
enough of a coonass to accurately estimate how much gravy it takes to cover
an acre of rice.
OK, I got y'all beat.
Moca, the 9 month old Great Dane ate supper last night, my son took her for
a run, and when they came back she tossed supper onto the back door mat. If
felt like about 5 pounds worth, thank goodness her aim was dead on. I was
able to carry the mat to the outside garbage can and dump the load. ;~)
The stink was at noon today when I accidentally opened up the outside
garbage can to toss in some wood scraps.
On Aug 5, 4:30 pm, email@example.com (Malcolm Hoar) wrote:
You mean that scent in the Beijing Hilton? That would be piped in pot-
If Chinese markets ( and I have visited many in other major cities on
the planet) are any indication, I'd have to side with Swing on that
one... that cheap rubber smell ain't so bad in comparison.
Funny thing is, I absolutely love authentic chinese cuisine. Schezuan
Our neighbour is a bit of a loose canon, buying stuff at auctions. So he bought
one of those auto winding drums of air hose (to use with my petrol compressor
for fencing purposes), when I pointed out to him it was 50 feet and not 50
metres, gave me a goggle-eyed look, pressed the thing into my arms and said
'here, you have it'. Of course, it's made in China and he got it for the price
of 4doz eggs.
The damn rubber or plastic on that hose was disintegrating from day one. You'd
pull the hose out, and your hands would be red, your overalls would be red ...
did I mention the seals? What seals? Hsssssssssssss. The compressor would start
every 15 minutes without any usage by me.
Seriously, just how stupid do those XXXXXXX [censored] speak: [nice Chinese
manufacturers] think we are? Or is it them thats so stupid?
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If their products were not selling here, their products would not be here.
I think that they are probably pretty smart to be able to unload inferior
products on us. So it is probably that most of "us" are stupid.
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