Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Whiff Of Success

Odour Cologne It Sure Ain't

Some college students have earned extra cash to sniff livestock excrement. Students at Purdue University in Indiana can earn $30 per session to inhale and then rate whiffs of air collected from barns filled with hogs, cows and chickens. It's a science experiment conducted by a professor of agricultural and biological engineering. He's searching for ways to improve methods for estimating the distance that livestock farm's odour emissions can travel.

9 comments:

Driving With the Brakes On said...

Furthur proof of just how far college kids will go for beer money. I SO don't miss those days!

Casdok said...

No photos to go with this little gem?!!

Akelamalu said...

It might be easy money but I don't think I could do it! :(

nanc said...

THAT just stinks!

*;]

Patty said...

At one time my nose was very good at identifying odors. No longer, sad to say, because something can be getting too hot in the house, like a pan on the stove or an electrical appliance and I can not smell it. I'm assuming all the years I've doctored for my sinuses and allergies has caused this problem. So that wouldn't be a job for me. And even if I could still smell, I certainly wouldn't want that job. I've already been close to chicken pens and the smell was so bad, it made your eyes water, it was a smell like ammonia. Pigs on the other hand is just plain BAD smeling, and if the famer is clean, they really don't have to smell that bad. Living in a farming area, some farmers use to spread liquid pig manure around and that smell could come into our little town. I can't imagine what it must have smelled like out by the farm.

Sandy Kessler said...

wonder if I could could back to childhood and Dad would pay me $30.00 for all that barn cleaning??

imac said...

Haha, laughing at casdok (no photos).

sniff - wot a lot of poo about sniff nowt.

Janice Thomson said...

Yikes I'll pass on that job thanks - having been raised on a farm I can say; been there done that :)

jan said...

Great blog. Love your humor, David. My nephew was one of the students paid to do this. He said that like dogs do, they tried to suspend the disgust factor.