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I read books, I write about books, I would probably marry a book if I could find one who liked me enough. Three words to describe me mature, irresponsible, contradictory, unreliable...oh...that's four...

Want to know why old books smell the way they do?

Researchers spend way too much of their precious time looking into trivial stuff like how quantum physics works and the death of planets, so it's nice to hear that one team has investigated something really important like exactly what makes up the smell of old books.


Next time you step into a secondhand book store and take a deep breath of that magic aroma, you'll know that it's the scent of grass and vanilla that's filling your nostrils.