One of my jobs in college was a personal assistant/journalist for the Director of Swine Research. The scientific content and research results were interesting, but the job entailed afternoons in the basement of the Animal Science Building –a building which, at a big research-based campus, dedicated the basement solely to the computer lab and animal carcasses. The smell of fresh slaughter would spread throughout the entire basement, regardless of the quantity/density of walls. It was always there. This smell eventually caused my short tenure with the director. The job and future potential were pretty great but I couldn’t handle that smell.

My question for this Thursday: what has been your worst job or the worst specific element of a job?