Widely revered in its native Southeast Asia as the "King of Fruits," the durian is distinctive for its large size, thorny husk, and unique odor. Although durians contain an edible, custard-like pulp and have seed coverings that taste like a combination of banana, caramel, and vanilla, their unusual smell is very strong and penetrating. The odor has prompted many people to search for an accurate description, with widely divergent results. To what odors has the durian's smell been compared?
Honore de Balzac
Back in the day
Elvis Presley, now known to millions as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll," became a national sensation in 1956 and dominated the world of rock music until 1963. His most successful songs include "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," and "Don't Be Cruel." His success spawned a spate of B-movie appearances, but his popularity waned in the late 60s after the "British Invasion." What facts do some fans cite in their claims that Elvis did not really die in 1977?
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Kelvin was a British mathematician and physicist known especially for his work in thermodynamics and electricity. He introduced the Kelvin temperature scale, helped to discover the Joule-Thomson effect in thermoelectricity, and was an important innovator and authority in the field of message transmission through submarine cables. He also invented the siphon recorder, which in many ways anticipated what modern device?