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DEATH CAR

DURING THE SUMMER VACATION, WORD TRAVELLED AROUND TOWN
THAT A 1958 THUNDERBIRD {AUTOMOBILE} WAS UP FOR SALE
AT FLINT FOR ONLY $100. THE CAR WAS IN PERFECT
CONDITION, BUT TWO PEOPLE HAD DIED IN IT, AND THEIR
CORPSES CAUSED THE INTERIOR AND EVEN THE METAL OF
THE CAR ITSELF TO TAKE ON A PUNGANT ODOR. NOTHING
COULD REMOVE THE STENCH. THE USED CAR MAN TRIED
EVERYTHING TO SELL THE CAR, BUT NO ONE WOULD BUY IT.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR. THIS FACT
WAS TRANSMITTED TO ME ORALLY.

Submitter comment: CORPSE'S SMELL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Flint

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
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