Ooo, that smell!
It was not Paul Bunyan making giant pancakes that caused the maple syrup smell that has wafted over New York City occasionally in the last few years. Mayor Michael Bloomberg reported to the local ABC affiliate in January that the city’s Department of Environmental Protection discovered that the smell came from a factory in North Bergen, N.J., that processes fenugreek seeds, which are used in maple syrup flavoring. They also determined that the smell, which numerous residents reported in 2005 and in January, was not dangerous. “Given the evidence, I think it’s safe to say that the Great Maple Syrup Mystery has finally been solved,” Bloomberg told WABC.