Get a whiff of the movies

  • Katie Mayer, Herald staff
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2007 12:06am
  • OpinionThe Buzz

A woman who works for the Boston Children’s Museum is trying to bring back “Smellovision,” using fans and scented oils to let audiences smell showings of “Willy Wonka &the Chocolate Factory.”

The idea got its start in the ’50s but never quite caught on, probably because for every sniff you get of your favorite superhero’s cologne, there’s also a bout with the stench of a trash-strewn alley.

However, we’re guessing someone could get filthy rich if they could find a way to make the technology work through TVs and sell it to the Food Network.

Vroom, vroom: More than 6,000 people got the chance to sit in garbage trucks, fire trucks, police cars, street sweepers and other vehicles Saturday at Touch a Truck in Marysville.

Among the things on display was a sewer inspection camera, which allows crews to examine the inside of pipelines, probably much more closely than they’d really like. Fortunately, the camera doesn’t come with Smellovision.

An 18-year-old in Maryland survived a week pinned in his wrecked car, cut off his seat belt with a pocket knife, used his shoe to drink from a stream and ate a fish he found.

Future contestants on “Survivor” had better hope he has no interest in being on reality TV.

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