Help Wanted, No Experience NecessarySubmitted by Bob-45 on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 22:55
Help Wanted: Professional Fart-Smeller
by Marc Lallanilla
Date: 07 December 2012 Time: 02:31 PM ET
There are a lot of bad jobs out there, and maybe you're convinced that yours is one of them. But here's a job description that virtually nobody would likely be jealous of: professional fart-smeller.
Some Chinese who practice alternative medicine apparently believe that each person's flatulence has particular nuances — bitter, savory, sweet, fishy — and these undertones can be used to detect diseases by a trained expert with a sharp sense of smell, according to Rocket News 24. An unusually meaty smell, for example, might be interpreted as an indication of intestinal bleeding or tumors.
Oddly enough, some scientific research suggests that using farts as a diagnostic tool isn't as far-fetched as it might sound. Dogs, for example, have been trained to detect the presence of prostate cancer from smelling patients' urine samples. In another study, dogs were able to identify the stool samples of colorectal cancer patients with 97 percent accuracy.