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Stinky Sneakers May Cause Nasal Damage

Last year's winner: 7-year-old Joshua Boothe of American Fork, Utah.

Last year's winner: 7-year-old Joshua Boothe of American Fork, Utah.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 17:08 GMT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Sniffing rotten old sneakers can have a terrible effect on a person’s schnoz.

The 35th Annual National Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest is stinking up Mount Pelier, Vermont, this Tuesday (Mar. 23), and it’s set to be an epic battle between shoes and the nostrils choosing the winner.

Judge George Aldrich, a NASA-certified “supersniffer,” describes the scent of the sneakers as “pungent and putrid,” not too far off from rotten flesh, fish, and garbage.

They stink so bad he has to make sure there isn’t irreparable damage done to his nose by sniffing around after the competition.

Aldrich explains, “As soon as I get back I have to take a test where I identify seven odors from tin bottles to make sure my nose is still working.”

Even then, Aldrich admits he smells rotten sneakers for three days after the contest and every time he rubs his nose it “reactivates” the scent.