Monday, June 26, 2006

Scientist Sniffs Out The Dirt On Sweat

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some people will do anything for science, even if it means sniffing armpits.

That’s what the staff of “sniffologists” for Degree antiperspirant does at its lab in Chicago.

It’s a job that stinks in more ways than one.

Cindy Dumlao, the scientist who runs the sweat shop, says the company puts people next to some pretty stinky pits.

She says most people can smell something that ranks “7” or above on a 10-point scale but the people who are hired to be ‘sniffologists’ can pick out a bad odor at around a “1” or “2” level.

But there are some sacrifices.

Dumlao says the chosen sniffologists are forbidden from using deodorants two weeks before they’re called to duty; nor are they allowed to eat garlic, spicy foods or smoke until they complete their smell sessions.

As Dumlao puts it: “Acuity is everything.”

Sniffing underarms for a living may sound like the pits, but Dumlao says sniffologists are a dedicated lot – one of her crew has been doing it for 15 years.

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