Smelled A Good Book Lately?

I saw this funny item while surfing online:

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Researchers at Glasgow’s University of Strathclyde are studying the smell of old books to ‘sniff’ out the chemical signs of aging. Books are placed for 24 to 48 hours in a sealed chamber, where ‘material and compounds responsible for the odour from the books’ will be extracted and analyzed … Findings from the analysis will be used to determine the best practices for storing old books — and may also explain where that musty old-book smell comes from.”

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