Thursday, March 02, 2006


My boss came in the office the other day and told me that he can't tell the difference in smell between fresh-roasted coffee grinds and a dead skunk.

A lot of our conversations are like this, it's a very interesting place to work.

I naturally thought he was nuts. My own sense of smell is worse than a twenty-year veteran line worker at a bean-eating factory, but even I know a dead skunk stinks.

Of course it got me wondering, and fortunately (for me, not so much for them) there are always dead skunks along my 45-minute commute from the country to the city. Yesterday I paid particular attention, and to my shock discovered he was right -- dead skunks DO smell like fresh coffee grinds.

I knew something stunk about paying six bucks for a cup of coffee at Starbuck's. Now I know what it is.


The Cow Whisperer said...

Another little known fact:

Piled up, rotting prickly pear cactus smells like rotting eggs. There really is NOTHING good about a pear.

Denise said...

Au contrere, Cow Whisperer. My mother has single-handedly made pears a family tradition, and it wouldn't be Christmas without something from her with a pear on it. Ask Master Jeff about that one!!