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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

British Kids to Study 'Smelly Old History'

LONDON -- History books complete with the smells of muck heaps, rotting heads on poles and plague-ridden streets are set to bring the past alive for Britain's schoolchildren.

The scratch-and-sniff "Smelly Old History" series promises to waft children back to a past when Romans washed their laundry in urine and 16th century lovers exchanged apples they had kept in their armpits, said publishers Oxford University Press.

"Of all the senses of the past, we often forget the importance of smell. It's the best, it's the worst, but it's the hardest sense to include in a history lesson," said author Mary Dobson.