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Old 06-26-08, 08:13 AM   #1
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Worst smell ever

Okay this has nothing to do with lycra +humidity+B.O. (unless you have a baaaaaaad medical condition). What's the most gag inflecting, nostril invading, nausea sustaining smell you've ever come across?

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Rotting whale carcass. Years ago while on Cape Cod with the USCG, we were called in to tow a dead humpback out of the shipping channel. Oh yeah, it was bad. We had to stay there breathing it in for an hour while the biologists were getting their measurements. At least this time we didn't have to get in the water to attach the tow line.
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Old 06-26-08, 08:17 AM   #2
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Similar: rotting Chinook Salmon carcass on a stream in NE Indiana. Didn't smell it until I snagged it with a branch and pulled it up on the bank. Big mistake.
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Old 06-26-08, 08:27 AM   #3
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Hockey bag after a full season.
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Old 06-26-08, 08:27 AM   #4
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Back in high school, I had to drive my mothers car for a few days while mine was in the shop either getting repaired from a wreck or a mechanical failure or both. Anyway, since I was driving a four door Pontiac Bonneville with a 403, I was pretty much the designated driver at lunch time on those days.

On the first day, we noticed an unsavory odor in her car. Each day at lunch, it seemed to get progressively worse, until finally, we decided to search for the source of the odor.

We open the trunk and find a cooler and a very bad smell. We open the cooler to find a decomposing large mouth bass and some really nasty liquid and an odor that immediately made my stomach turn in upon itself, causing an immediate upheaval of my freshly eaten Big Mac, fries and coke. Cooler and all went immediately into the McDonald's dumpster, which strangely, seemed to smell better after that.

For the rest of our senior year, the four of us in teh car would pass each and recite the fateful words, "Remember the dead bass." I bet to this day if I saw Tad, or the other Jeff or Andy, they would still look at me and say "Remember the dead bass."

On a more morbid note, having to go into the kithcen of my uncles house in San Antonio after he was murdered and see and smell the blood is a horrible odor that I will never forget. The police and crime scene investigators had already been there, and warned us of the scene. My father could not bear to see this, as it was his brother who had been killed, so the chore of going in and doing some "coverup" fell to my brother and I. Probably the worst thing I ever had to do in my life.
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Old 06-26-08, 08:30 AM   #5
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A pile from a 10-1/2 snake who was a healthy eater and took poos about every 2 weeks or so. Dinner plate sized thing that put a big shepard to shame, that gave me the dry heaves when cleaning it up. And it takes a lot for me to do that. <shudder>
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Old 06-26-08, 08:57 AM   #6
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I had a roommate in college with the. worst. breath.

In fact, people that remember her will ask what happened of said roommate, and when I mention we don't keep in touch, I'd say 7 times out of 10 someone mentions her bad breath.

I do realize that halitosis is a medical condition. However, she had nasty teeth I dont think she brushed well or often, and always used this weird toothpaste. Usually the orange flavor, sometimes cinnamon. That can't possibly help...



Probably the bigger issue is that she was not a nice person, which made everything else seem so much worse!
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Old 06-26-08, 09:11 AM   #7
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This isnt the worst smell, but its constant. Where I work is situated between a bakery and a sewage treatment plant. Depending on weather, you smell cinnamon rolls or sewage.
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Old 06-26-08, 09:12 AM   #8
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A dead and decaying skunk....gag.
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Old 06-26-08, 09:16 AM   #9
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I found a deceased neighbor by the odor that was coming out of his apartment. We thought he'd gone to see family for a month, apparently he didn't even have family. He told us he was catching a midnight flight, and apparently overdosed on sleeping pills. No sign of depression, either, he took great joy in life. We found out later that he'd just gotten a diagnosis of AIDS.

If we hadn't thought he'd gone out of town, we'd have checked on him.
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Old 06-26-08, 09:19 AM   #10
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Cast iron faeces

Wet dog rolled in rotting fish.
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Old 06-26-08, 09:43 AM   #11
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I have two, and one isn't, technically, a smell...

The first was when I was living in south carolina for a while, we were situated between a swamp and a paper mill... if it wasn't for central air conditioning we'd have died of stink.

The second, non-smell, one was while riding around a long while ago, someone had recently, and I mean within a couple minutes of my arrival, run over a skunk and I went through the area breathing hard through my mouth since it was an uphill climb... This is when I discovered that skunk tastes as bad as it smells and I can't recommend it to anyone unless I really, really don't like them.

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Old 06-26-08, 09:46 AM   #12
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I practically retched when a truck filled with rotting cattle carcasses passed me by a few years ago. Just thinking about it still makes me feel sick.
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Old 06-26-08, 09:49 AM   #13
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When I was an EMT many years ago, we were en route back to the garage from a DOA call at about 5am when we were called to a car fire resulting from car vs train. We arrived to find the car fully engulfed. The driver of the car never got out.
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Old 06-26-08, 10:23 AM   #14
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Tri Chloro Anisol otherwise known as cork taint. Normal people sense it at 3 to 4 parts per Trillion.
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Old 06-26-08, 10:28 AM   #15
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A dead and decaying skunk....gag.
My dog after playing with said carcass.
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Old 06-26-08, 10:43 AM   #16
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I opened a tupperware container (one of the shaker ones with the button push tops) that my Mom had used to make Hidden Valley Ranch, only she put it back in the cupboard rather than the refrigerator by accident. It had been sitting there for months... The reaction was similar to the opening of the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders...



So human curiousity being what it is... After recovering you say to yourself "It can't be as bad as I thought it was" and you do it again...

NOPE! IT'S STILL CRYPT DEATH SMELL!!!

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Old 06-26-08, 10:51 AM   #18
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Burnt bone dust during a medical autopsy which is generated usually when they use a bone saw to cut open the skull...

The saw blade vibrates back and forth at a high speed. It'll cut through hard material (i.e. bone) but will leave the flesh intact. However the high vibration speed means the blade is rubbing against the cut surface and heating up and any bone dust that hits the blade gets charred. The smell is almost instantly vomit inducing if you're not used to it.
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Old 06-26-08, 11:02 AM   #19
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Burnt bone dust during a medical autopsy which is generated usually when they use a bone saw to cut open the skull...

The saw blade vibrates back and forth at a high speed. It'll cut through hard material (i.e. bone) but will leave the flesh intact. However the high vibration speed means the blade is rubbing against the cut surface and heating up and any bone dust that hits the blade gets charred. The smell is almost instantly vomit inducing if you're not used to it.
To me that smells like burning hair.
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My old neighbors raised chickens for Gold-n-Plump. After the chickens were sent to meet their maker they would clean out the chicken s**t from the pits. Mix that in with a bunch of dead chickens and you have one fine smell of evil....
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Old 06-26-08, 11:25 AM   #21
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A while back my commute (on mondays) would invariably put me behind a garbage truck doing the restaraunt run in the early morning. It seamed as if no matter what time I ended up on that particular road (Lyndale ave) That damn truck would be up ahead of me. It was the most awful sour decaying liquid nasty smell I have ever experianced. What made it worse is at that point I was always coming off a big push, so the stomach was a bit jiggley to begin with. Just thinking about it is making my mouth do the pre barf salivating thing...
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Old 06-26-08, 11:46 AM   #22
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The putrid reek of fish + earthworms accidentally left in a cooler for 2wks.
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I was walking one night back home and a garbage truck was backing up. There was a guy directing it to a pile, and either as a joke or by accident the truck slammed on the brakes sending a wave of green-brown liquid all over the guy directing it. He just shook his hands and started throwing bags - I almost threw up right then and there.

The most nauseating smell was probably the months after 9-11. I lived in the area and every day I'd smell the fires smoldering - combination of concrete, combustible office stuff (carpet, chairs, etc...), and that burning hair smell which was a constant reminder of those that didn't make it out. It took a long, long time before the fires went out.
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To me that smells like burning hair.
It does to me too. Same with a dentist's drill.
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