A researcher in Oz claims to have developed an aerosol spray which can reduce stress; the spray contains chemicals are released by plants and reportedly smells like newly mown grass.
Sounds like a natural for Billy Mays, except he’s moved on the the Great Sideshow in the Sky.
That’s really here nor there, but it led to this screed by Victoria Coren, who slices and dices it expertly.
A nugget from near the beginning of the article. It gets better:
And I say: this sums up everything that is wrong with our stupid, soulless, lazy, money-driven, empty modern culture. Why take an airy hike through one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes when, for £4, you can spray a chemical approximation of it round the room and lie on the sofa watching Coronation Street?
I hate Dr Nick Lavidis. I’m sure he’s a nice man, but I despise him and everything he stands for. Fine, so this nonsense may improve your memory. But what, precisely, will you be remembering? The happy day you clicked “purchase” on the room spray at an online checkout? The golden moment when you first pointed it at the carpet from your wheezy prone position on a beanbag in front of The X Factor?
I’ll tell you what improves your memory. Getting up off your arse and going out to do something that’s worth remembering.