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Scientists Reveal The Worst Smells They've Encountered During Their Work

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James Felton

Senior Staff Writer

clockJun 19 2017, 15:03 UTC

Scientists of Twitter have revealed the worst things they've ever smelled. It's not pretty. Twitter/@AlongsideWild/@paigebyerly

A discussion on Twitter about how bad biologists smell after a solid day of work led to scientists revealing the worst thing they've ever smelled in their line of work.

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David Steen, an Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, asked fellow biolgists on Twitter to retweet him if they'd ever wondered why they smelled bad. Unsurprisingly, this seems to be a common thing to ask when you're a field biologist.

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A lot of people had no hesitations about why they smell bad, either. They smell bad because they do things like wade through bogs for large portions of their days. 

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But soon this discussion of smelling bad spiraled into a discussion of "what's the worst thing you've ever smelled in the name of science".

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 It turns out that scientists smell a lot of awful things that no human being should ever have to smell. 

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However, the overwhelming consensus seems to be that the worst smell in science is the stench that comes off a dead sea turtle. 

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Though other smells are bad – including many different types of animal vomit and corpses – none even come close to a dead turtle, according to Twitter's scientists. Though all these smells sound horrific, turtle corpses are the only ones described as soul-destroyingly awful.

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So there you have it. If you fancy a career in field biology, you might want to invest in a nose plug.


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