Question of the Day

stinksWhat’s the worst thing you’ve ever smelled?

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21 Responses to Question of the Day

  1. SKL says:

    Was this inspired by those Walmart photos?

  2. SKL says:

    I don’t know, I don’t really have a very sensitive nose or much memory for smells. Probably the skunk that died in my basement some years ago.

  3. Vicki says:

    I have to say when they spread that liquid manure in the fields near us, its HORRIBLE.

  4. Karen Joy says:

    OMG I have THE most sensitive nose around so I smell everything.I think the one thats the worst is from pig barns..ewe!!!!Coming in second is strong BO,use deodorant people!

  5. sean says:

    Decaying flesh….i used to drive taxi and this one woman i picked up from the hospital had gangrene omg this made me nearly barf…

  6. joanharvest says:

    I was sprayed directly in the face by a skunk about 20 years ago. I think I even wrote a post about it. Anyway I felt the stream of liquid hit my cheek ( which by the way actually burned my cheek). It went right up my nose and it took weeks to get the smell out of my nose.

  7. Tosha says:

    I have to go with a really bad staph infection.. I took hubs to the dr for a staph infection and they had to drain it.. It was horrible. blech..

  8. SKL says:

    Oh yeah, I had some nasty cyst once and that was grosser than gross. Not sure it smelled worse than the skunk, but the thought that that was from my own body was just disgusting.

  9. pammy wammy says:

    When someone throws up 😦

  10. shanef says:

    When we take dies apart at my work that haven’t been taken apart for years you get to smell years worth of old oils combined with a nasty grease and metal stench that almost comes right out and slaps you. EEEEWWWW!!!! I love my job LOL!

  11. Sue says:

    SKL, no, this question wasn’t inspired by WalMart, but by the NASTY case I did last weekend!

    My worst smell goes along with what Sean said. Rotting/infected flesh.

    The worst thing I’ve ever smelled is a perianal abcess that has been infected for 1 month (yes,not kidding). The smell was horrible…rotting flesh, puss and poo all rolled into one….now go eat your breakfast!

  12. mssc54 says:

    ***DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE A WEEK STOMACH***

    Several years ago I was called to “The Projects” to do a postmortem sanitation job.

    An elderly resident had died in the one story brick building with VCT tile floors and no air conditioning. It’s a rough area of town which is likely why all the windows were closed and locked. This occurred during the summer when our temperatures were routinely in the high 90s – 102 that year. She had been dead for over a week when the neighbors began complaining about the odor. The building was a multi family unit with 6 appartments in a row. Since the building was brick and concrete and had no central air conditioning it retained it’s heat from day to day pretty well. Some residents had window air conditioning units but not this one.

    Upon arriving I parked on the street and as soon as I opened the door of my van I could smell the odor. Once I exitedt he van an elderly resident two doors down stuck her head out her front door and said, “Mista, I woodn goes in dare ifn Ies you.”

    The coroner had removed as much of the remains as they could two days previous to my arrival. However there was still lots of “matter” that they were unable to “scoop up.”

    The first clue that this was going to be a bad job was the odor from over 50′ away. Then the elderly lady’s warning. But when I got near the concrete porch I could hear the flie! The flies that hadn’t made their way inside yet were beating their heads on the window screens trying to get into the place. Even from outside the stench was horrific!

    Upon entering the appartment I could see the front room (where the resident died) was only about 12×12. Nearly half of the vinyl composit tile (like the tile schools have on the floor) was covered with this thick dark brown “stain.”

    I ended up having to use a machine to chissle the VCT from the concrete floor, Then I had to place all the broken tiles into thick black (contractor) trash bags and seal each bag with industrial tape. I then had to take all the bags to the incinerator for proper disposal.

    Gosh, now I feel nauseaus again just writing about that.

    Somebody give Mike Rowe a call at Dirty Jobs.

  13. Joy says:

    Compared to all you guys, mine seems so tame but I hate the smell of peas or green beans when you boil them dry on the stove. Carrots are bad too.

  14. Laura says:

    Parvo. I worked in a vet clinic for a while, and very occasionally, we’d have a dog (usually a puppy) that would come in with Parvo.

    These poor, pitiful dogs are so sick, and they have bloody diarrhea. And not only that, it smells absolutely disgusting.

    I won’t ever forget that smell, and also? I will ALWAYS have my dogs vaccinated for it.

    NICE conversation for over breakfast, by the way. *hurl*

  15. Just a Mom says:

    I would have to go with a decaying animal.

  16. Gary says:

    I have to to with dead, rotting fish!

  17. kweenmama says:

    My cousins elk that was being stored in our chest freezer. Someone accidentally turned the switch off and the elk had defrosted and begun to decay before we discovered it. Ick!

  18. nikki says:

    I’d have to say a rotting animal…we had something that died by or in or garage! I want to gag thinking about it!!

  19. megan says:

    I’m pretty lucky in this regard – I don’t think I’ve smelled anything half as bad as some of the other commenters before me. But, my worst smells that I haven’t blocked out would have to be a toss-up between vomit (smelling that makes me want to vomit myself) and select patches of air in Bangkok (ahhhhh, the city).

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