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if you think YOUR job stinks...

Post by Natasha (candygirl) » Sep 25th 2003, 6:54 pm

From a list of the worst jobs in science:
http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/ar ... -1,00.html

1. FLATUS ODOR JUDGE

Odor judges are com-mon in the research labs of mouthwash companies,
where the halitosis-inflicted blow great gusts of breath in their
faces to test product efficacy. But Minneapolis gastroenterologist
Michael Levitt recently took the job to another level-or, rather, to
the other end. Levitt paid two brave souls to indulge repeatedly in
the odors of other people's farts. (Levitt refuses to divulge the
remuneration, but it would seem safe to characterize it thusly: Not
enough.) Sixteen healthy subjects volunteered to eat pinto beans and
insert small plastic collection tubes into their anuses (worst-job
runners-up, to be sure). After each "episode of flatulence," Levitt
syringed the gas into a discrete container, rigorously maintaining
fart integrity. The odor judges then sat down with at least 100
samples, opened the caps one at a time, and inhaled robustly. As
their faces writhed in agony, they rated just how noxious the smell
was. The samples were also chemically analyzed, and-eureka!-Levitt
determined definitively the most malodorous component of the human
flatus: hydrogen sulfide.

Levitt defends his work against the reflexively dismissive by noting
that doctors have never studied flatulence and that smell is a
potentially critical medical symptom: "The odors of feces and
intestinal gas and breath could all be important markers of
gastrointestinal health," he says. Hydrogen sulfide, for instance, is
an extremely toxic gas to mammals, potentially playing a role in
ulcerative colitis, among other diseases. And so Levitt has dedicated
his career to the study of the myriad fragrances produced by the
human gut and imprudently ignored by the medical establishment.
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Post by Megs » Sep 25th 2003, 8:04 pm

:shock:

I think that about sums up my thoughts.
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Post by Natasha (candygirl) » Sep 25th 2003, 8:06 pm

Some of the other jobs listed were pretty bad, but that takes the cake. Kinda makes any job complaints I have had seem silly.
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Post by lance » Sep 26th 2003, 12:53 pm

Megs wrote::shock:

I think that about sums up my thoughts.
Ditto.

Do they get benefits, like maybe medical with that job?

:wink:

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Post by Natasha (candygirl) » Sep 26th 2003, 1:27 pm

Nah, just a bunch of scented candles!

:wink:
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Post by Nothingman » Sep 26th 2003, 1:35 pm

How does one go about deciding that farts should be their life's work?
"To come to your senses, you must first go out of your mind." - Alan Watts

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Post by fnordboy » Sep 26th 2003, 3:14 pm

Nothingman wrote:How does one go about deciding that farts should be their life's work?
I don't know, but I would bet it starts after getting fired from your 3rd fast food job as an adult.

I don't think there is anything that would bring me down to the level of wanting to do that job. I think I would prefer being a manwhore on the corner over that gig.

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Post by Nostradamus » Sep 29th 2003, 11:57 pm

Wait a minute, CG, didn't you once say that you worked in an olfaction laboratory? Are you trying to tell us something?

:P

My favorite quote from the article was the motto of the stool sample lab: "We're Number One In The Number Two Business."

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Post by Natasha (candygirl) » Sep 30th 2003, 12:48 am

Can't get anything past you, can I?

:wink:

I still work in an olfaction lab, but we don't do anything with farts! Valeric acid is a lot worse though and one day the entire lab reeked of it. Luckily we usually use much more pleasant odors.

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