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LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- It doesn't take long after you've polished off a plateful of the delicious vegetable before you are forcefully reminded of it in the restroom. Some people are surprised by the strange odor rising from the bowl after urinating. The unmistakable olfactory experience is caused by organic sulfur-containing compounds. In entertaining episodes our Chemical Reporter answers questions of our Podcast listeners on Chemistry in our everyday life.

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