Shannon Stacey

Sniffing RT

Weird title, huh? Well, weird problem.

Anybody else’s Romantic Times smell funny?

I started noticing it about 3 or 4 months ago, and it’s consistent with each issue since. The pages smell like…old vegetable oil or something. I know I’m sensitive to smell (OMG, the perfume samples kill me), but it’s not my imagination. I left the last issue in the truck on a hot day and we all just about gagged next time we opened the doors.

None of the other magazines we pick up at Borders have the smell, so I don’t imagine it’s a storage issue. It’s just weird, and quite frankly I’m going to have to stop buying it if I can’t figure out why it smells and do something about it.

Anybody know who to get the smell out of a magazine? Truly bizarre. Why can’t I have normal problems like everybody else?

12 comments to “Sniffing RT”

  1. Jaci
      · July 21st, 2005 at 9:11 am · Link

    i can’t believe you made me go pick mine up and smell it.

    bitch :lmao:

  2. Kate
      · July 21st, 2005 at 9:21 am · Link

    You too, Jaci? :crazy: Nice to know I’m not the only goober.

  3. Kate
      · July 21st, 2005 at 9:21 am · Link

    PS Mine smells like a . . . um . . . magazine. Kind of like clay.

  4. Mel
      · July 21st, 2005 at 9:32 am · Link


  5. Briana
      · July 21st, 2005 at 2:48 pm · Link

    Shan, you’re sniffing RT when you could be getting something to me?? :whip::whip::whip: Shouldn’t you be :type: ??


  6. Shannon
      · July 21st, 2005 at 7:34 pm · Link

    I’m going to mail each of you an issue so you can see for yourselves. So there.

    Shan (who is :hide:)

  7. Rae
      · July 21st, 2005 at 9:44 pm · Link

    :rant: You made me go smell mine too and I admit, mine smells funny. Maybe it’s the ink they use. Mine was still in the wrapper…now it’s stinking up the dining room. :wtf: is up with that odor?

  8. Sasha
      · July 22nd, 2005 at 12:59 am · Link

    Gee, now I’m kinda glad that it’s so hard to find the RT around here. :neener:

  9. Jordan
      · July 22nd, 2005 at 2:02 pm · Link

    :shrug:Mine smells like heavily inked magazine, which means it’s the paper they’re using.

  10. Trace
      · July 22nd, 2005 at 2:55 pm · Link

    My sister once owned a hard cover book about vampires, and the things smelled like . . . brace yourselves but I’m not kidding, like weeks old dirty vagina. No lie. Not that we’d know what that smelled like. But you can always guess.:eyebrow:

  11. Anna Lucia
      · July 24th, 2005 at 1:13 pm · Link


  12. Miiam
      · July 25th, 2005 at 10:52 am · Link

    The best way I know to unstink something that has a lingering smell (be an old trunk or that sarong you wore into the sulfuric hot spring) is fabric softener sheets. I imagine it would work just as well on magazines. Stick a couple of sheets between the pages, seal it in a ziplock for a week or so and it should smell dryer fresh. Let us know if it works!

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