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Some cheeses, like Epoisses, are so legendarily stinky they’re supposedly banned on public transit in France. It’s the chemistry of washed-rind cheeses that makes them such a smelly food.


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Credits:
Producer: Sean Parsons
Writer: Alexa Billow
Scientific Consultants: Michelle Boucher, PhD; Casey Cosetta
Executive Producer: George Zaidan
Fact Checker: Alison Le
Music: "Shades of Spring" and "Backbay Lounge" By: Kevin MacLeod

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