Thursday, March 16, 2006

Master Smeller Judging National Rotten Sneaker Contest For The Seventh Time In A Row

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One man has used his sensitive schnoz to pick out the nastiest smelling sneakers in the nation for the past six years, and believe it or not, he’s going back for more.

George Aldrich normally sniffs out undesirable odors in spacecrafts for NASA, but he has also become the “go-to judge” for the National Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest, held annually in Montpelier, Vermont.

He admits the job stinks, but reasons, “It’s a free trip to Vermont. There’s a lot of fresh air there.”

This year, the event is being held on March 21, and Aldrich is already mentally preparing himself for the “pungent and putrid” smells he’ll have to endure.

He explains, “Once it gets up inside the nose, it kinda burns.” He admits, “Usually when I get back [to work], I recertify my nose to make sure I haven’t done any damage.”

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