What is the worst smell in the world?
Burnt plastic? Rotting flesh? Moldy broccoli? Vomit? Vomit mixed with ammonia? Gym socks? A slaughterhouse? A house full of cat piss?
Perhaps. But a top-contender has to be someone who just plain doesn't care. The person who has reached a point in their lives where their aroma, their odor, their scent du jour, became an armament against a world perceived as hostile. Fuck it, their stench said. I'll stink if I want to.
Even in German that just seems wrong...
Last week, I was working with someone who smelled so bad that when he turned his head I began to dry heave and had to hide it by turning away as if coughing. Trust me, I did everything I could to hide my reaction and remain professional. But it was like getting hit with a Mac truck of stink. I even put perfume directly on my nostrils to try to distract myself. I tried breathing out of my mouth, but started to hyperventilate. The Durian fruit smells bad? There's no way it smells worse than this person. Maybe they eat Durians for breakfast. I don't know. All I know is they smell like their innards are rotting to the core.
Other students confessed that they told this student in the nicest way possible that he smelled a bit rank. Still, el stinko did nothing. Nothing!
Here's the thing about stink. It lingers. It lingers on fabrics, in the room, and it lingers on you. It's an aggressive act to stink: I stink and now you will too... muahahahaha... I'm not talking about smelling ripe once or even twice, or a being just little stinky. I mean the only way to describe this smell is refried poop sweat with a side of vinegar piss.
Wayyyy worse than 3 year old Chinese food..
What do you do when you work with someone who smells like sauerkraut and bat-lard? Should I say something? What do I do?
I want to support this person, and be a kind person to them. But seriously, he is the Mayor of Stinkville.
What is your worst smell experience?