Doesn't this look.. appetizing?
Doesn't this look.. appetizing?
Flickr user YIM Hafiz

The Worst Things the Internet's Ever Smelled: Protein Gone Bad, Grease Traps and.. Durian

Those of you who work in food service know that sometimes things get a little funky in the decidedly non-funky way. That's just kind of the nature of food. You can't help the smell; you just have to deal with it.

But there are some smells that you just can't deal with, and a recent AskReddit thread is going over every single one in excruciating detail. Here's a selection.

Protein Gone Bad

Something tells me this doesn't age well
Something tells me this doesn't age well
Flickr user HealthGauge

"Protein Shaker," wrote Sevzor. "I had used one and then sealed the lid with a little bit of the protein liquid still at the bottom. Put it in the cupboard and forgot about it for a month. When I found it again, I thought it was a good idea to open it and wash it instantly. My curious mind wanted to smell it straight away, so as I opened it I started taking a big whiff straight into my nose."

"I was a millisecond away from throwing up everywhere," Sevzor continued. "I got the shaker, took it outside and threw it in the bin. But the smell lingered inside the house all day so I had to air out the entire house. And I still remember that particular smell like it's permanently living inside my nose."

Pro tip: don't put used items away until you clean them. I have lost many a food container before I learn this rule.

Restaurant Grease Traps

Interior photos were so gross, I had to use this one
Interior photos were so gross, I had to use this one
Flickr user Eugene Peretz

As Ryan Cady chronicled earlier, working in food service has its own fair share of issues. At least he didn't have to touch the grease traps.

"A grease trap in a restaurant. Insta-gag," wrote Dirt_Bike_Zero. "Edit: seriously, as soon as you pop the cover off one of these things, the smell is overwhelming. Woe be to any poor bastard tasked with cleaning one out."

"This," replied robbo_6. "It smells like 100 different people have vomited into one container."


See, this doesn't look too bad
See, this doesn't look too bad
Flickr user Secret London

"It has the most indescribably offensive smell...," wrote OverthinkUnderachiev. "Yet there are apparently people who eat it, and not only eat it -- but give every appearance of enjoying it, and describe it as a delicacy [sic]. I think it was a brave or desperate person who tried the first one, because the brief exposure I had to the smell made my survival instincts kick in with the visceral imperative: don't eat that, it smells like it will kill you."

A little harsh, durian is actually quite pleasant, and once you get used to the smell it's great. Problem is, it's also pretty expensive, which makes getting used to it an endeavor not for the poor man. Want to give it a try anyways? Head to your local boba shop and find a durian shake. It'll be more painless that way.

[An aside: Ignoring survival instincts has led to many a culinary wonder. Cheese? Alcohol? Dried and cured meats? All really weird when you think about it]

You can check out the rest of the thread (including the non-food-related entries) here!

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