October 20th, 2003, 07:28 AM
Bad science jobs...
Yup...it's safe to say that these jobs are exceptionally horrific, as evidenced by this particular employment opportunity....
As bad as that sounds,
Odor judges are common 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.
it gets worse.
I've been down-and-out before, but never that far down. The things that some folks will do for a buck or in the name of science can be quite astounding. Be prepared to cry as you read some of these...my stomach still aches from the belly-laughing induced by this article.
It isn't paranoia when you KNOW they're out to get you...
October 20th, 2003, 11:17 AM
ahh gees thats overly disgusting.. I wonder how much they got paid.