"To attract men, I wear a perfume called New Car Interior," comedian Rita Rudner once said. Now, it seems, one of the world's most iconic odours may actually lead to illness or death. Scientists at the CSIRO have discovered that new car smell may actually be toxic. The federal research agency will today release the findings of a two-year study into the famous short-lived scent. After testing three new cars - including two family sedans made in Australia - scientists "found a cocktail of volatile organic compounds, some classified as cancer-causing", the CSIRO said. The chemicals may also be behind "everyday driver experiences from headaches, nausea and drowsiness".
The report won't go down well with the government agencies spending hundreds of millions of dollars to keep the local industry afloat. While car makers weren't responding yesterday, expect the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries in Canberra to kick up a stink after a CSIRO press conference in Melbourne this morning.
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.
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