Monday, March 19, 2007

Professional Sniffer Gets Off On The Right Foot

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A man who makes his living as a “master sniffer” for NASA has been in some pretty stinky situations – but none as foul as the Odor- Eaters “Rotten Sneaker Contest.”

George Aldrich earns his cash by sniffing everything that astronauts come in contact with, including tampons and diapers.

Still, nothing ranks as low as the smelly shoes he’s asked to sniff each year at the annual “Rotten Sneaker Contest” in Montpelier, Vermont.

This year’s contest takes place Tuesday (Mar. 20) and Aldrich is holding his breath that participants won’t go to extremes like last year’s winner, who wore the same socks for three months straight.

Says Aldrich: “I’ll never forget it. She stunk up the entire Bed & Breakfast where the contest was held.”

Another girl’s shoes were so stinky that Aldrich says they actually made him gag.

The winning pair of putrid tootsies wins a trophy, a $2500 savings bond and a trip to New York.

And even though judging the competition stinks. Aldrich says there’s one job perk. As he puts it, “At least I get a free trip out of it.”

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