Every couple of years this story about the corpse flower being in bloom makes the news. And every couple of years I wonder, why the heck anyone would want to smell a flower that smells like a dead corpse? I must be missing the wonderful experience. There has to be something I don't understand... It's not even a beautiful blossom, in fact it's quite hideous, phallic and just plain weird.
That being said, UC Davis is home to one of the relatively rare corpse flowers. If you'd like to see it in bloom or get a whiff, head down there quick. The bloom only stays open 2 to 5 days.
Once you've smelled it, please email me and enlighten me!