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Jim Baird

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Holiday company staying in a daughter's former bedroom that featured some kind of hanging paper lantern in a star-shape.

Light went on in afternoon and by dark-thirty a revolting odor like spoiled seafood filled the upper atmosphere of a room (vault from ten to twelve feet).

Search for odor sources found nothing, but turning off the lantern thing diminished odor to a tolerable level.

Next day fixture/lantern was removed and inspected. Only defect found was the plastic threaded fixture parts that included the 115 volt socket, smelled like spoiled seafood.

Fixture removed, but question remains, Why does cheap electric fixture like this smell bad after time?

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SIMPLE: It's shrimp stuck in the light fixture!


After 37 years of marriage. Jake dumped his wife for his Young secretary.

His new girlfriend demanded that they live in Jake and Edith?s multi-million dollar home and since the man?s lawyers were a little better he prevailed.

He gave Edith his now ex-wife just 3 days to move out. She spent the 1st day packing her belongings into boxes crates and suitcases.

On the 2nd day she had to movers come and collect her things.

On the 3rd day she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candlelight put on some soft background music and feasted on a pound of shrimp a jar of caviar and a bottle of Chardonnay.

When she had finished she went into each and every room and stuffed half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of all of the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the kitchen and left.

When the husband returned with his new girlfriend all was bliss for the first few days.

Then slowly the house began to smell. They tried everything cleaning mopping and airing the place out. Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were cleaned. Air fresheners were hung everywhere.

Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters during which they had to move out for a few days and in the end they even replaced the expensive wool carpeting. NOTHING WORKED.

People stopped coming over to visit. Repairman refused to work in the house.

The Maid quit.

Finally they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move.

A month later even through they had cut their price in half they could not find a buyer for their stinky house.

Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls. Finally they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.

The ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going. He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house back.

Knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was he agreed on a price that was about 1/10th of what the house ha been worth, but only if she were to sign the papers that very day. She agreed and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork.

A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home.


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Maybe the paper lampshade was made from sea weed. We eat sea weed regularly in my home. It comes in nice little paper-thin sheets that are easily cut to shape. Delicious stuff! Especially when eaten with some short ribs, rice and kimchee.

If the lamp were made in asia it wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility for a manufacturer to use some inedible kind of seaweed to make the paper with if seaweed is more abundant and it's cheaper than paper.



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