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Old 05 April 2015, 12:06 AM
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People who were used to it probably didn't notice the smell of the horse dung any more than most people now notice the smell of car exhaust. Which, to my nose, smells worse.

Admittedly, there are other sanitary considerations involved with horse dung. Unlike car exhaust, it makes excellent compost if properly handled; but it needs to be hauled out of the streets, while car exhaust seems to just dissipate into the air -- though I don't suppose it's great for the lungs, and enough of it causes other problems.
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