Stopping to smell the roses along the road of life is great in principle, but not always terribly practical when you get right down to it. Who has time these days?
Honestly, if you have a curious mind, you're going to smell those roses when you see them — you'll make the time. And if you don't, well, hopefully you're enjoying life in some other way.
For the rest of us, there's the internet, a wonderful repository of living vicariously through the weird and interesting things other people encounter and share.