Shucks. We Were Planning on Having Burnt Pork Roast for Dinner.
As you've probably heard by now, a local man has been charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and allegedly barbecuing her remains on an outdoor grill.
This alleged atrocity prompts Slate to ask: What's the smell of burning human flesh?
The answer: "Burning skin has a charcoallike smell, while setting hair on fire produces a sulfurous odor...The operators at crematoriums heat bodies to 1,750 degrees Fahrenheit for two to three hours; they liken the smell close-up to a burnt pork roast...Emergency workers and survivors of war atrocities say charred flesh simply smells like nothing else."