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2006-05-26 - 1:04 p.m.

If you think your job is bad, consider the following narrative about a much worse job than yours:

"Science is full of inquisitive minds that revel in performing jobs others wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole. According to Popular Science magazine, the very worst is that of odor judge.

Mouthwash companies employ them in their research labs, where, halitosis-inflicted subjects blow into their faces before and after using the product to test its efficacy.

And just recently, two brave researchers were called in to help determine the most malodorous component of human flatus and the role it plays in disease. In the study, 16 subjects volunteered to eat pinto beans and have their gas syringed into a discrete container. The odor judges then sat down with more than 100 samples, opened the caps one at a time, inhaled and rated just how noxious the smell was."


OK, Let me break this down for you, folks. Those guys may call themselves researchers, but they are actually "Professional Fart Sniffers".

Where is the dignity in that?

What kind of inner work has to be done in order to be able to hold your head up as you go in to apply for the job as a professional fart sniffer?

And just what kind of education prepares you for the job?

When I was a kid, I used to joke with people who were looking for work by telling them that they could probably find work at the bus station, sucking farts out of the seat cushions, but I never considered there might actually be a job where people eat beans, fart in a jar, and some paid idiot comes by to smell it all up. And then rate it.

You know... that whole fart sniffing project is probably funded with a big government grant.

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