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All week there's been a smell like someone was keeping a hamster in the filing cabinets in the corridoor. I'd checked the cupboards for obvious corpses, but the filing cabinets are not mine so I had left them.

Today Judy and Ruth were in and agreed that we needed to find out what the smell was. I opened the filing cabinets (no mice nests! bah!) while Ruth wondered if the dead wasps we'd been finding on the floor might be a factor. Six dead wasps? It seemed unlikely.

Then we looked up.

All the light fixtures were full of dead wasps and warmed by the fluorescent lights, they were rotting. The highest concentration (presumably just below the nest) was above the filing cabinets. Always, always look up. The cleaners were in there with a sacrificial hoover and heavy-duty disinfectant as I left. The smell was... very original.

So, sorry, mr_snips, it wasn't a mouse-nest, and no, TimScience, it wasn't robo-hamsters plotting our downfall, either. Some smug mister went for a suppurating wasp nest, who was it? oxfordhacker? truecatechresis? Whoever it was, I owe you 16p. And a much more detailed description.


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20th Oct, 2005 01:57 (UTC)
oh, GROSS.
20th Oct, 2005 06:57 (UTC)
Normally, the mere thought of a multitude of dead wasps would make me feel that the world had become a slightly less dreadful place. But not today! You have my sympathy. The poor cleaners!
20th Oct, 2005 11:06 (UTC)
I'd rather have them dead
than alive. However, I'd rather have them dead and somewhere else, too.
20th Oct, 2005 06:59 (UTC)
20th Oct, 2005 11:05 (UTC)
what did you bet on?
It wasn't you suggested a dead pigeon, was it? Because I did find a pigeon on the windowsill, but it wasn't dead.

... maybe not.
20th Oct, 2005 12:32 (UTC)
Re: what did you bet on?
Can't remember my suggestions, but I didn't place a bet as I'm not a betting man.
20th Oct, 2005 09:18 (UTC)
20th Oct, 2005 09:56 (UTC)
I once had a
Wasps nest in the sash windows of the room I was living in for a short while, every morning I'd get up and sweep the wasps from my drum kit, I got used to it quite quickly but there was no smell.
20th Oct, 2005 11:03 (UTC)
Re: I once had a
I think you need a real build-up of insects before they go icky -- there's probably some maths you could do, 200 wasps = 1 mouse corpse or something.
20th Oct, 2005 12:53 (UTC)
So that's what a Wasp Factory looks like.
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