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40+ Bad Smells That You Secretly Enjoy

Updated December 16, 2020 178.0k votes 8.9k voters 54.0k views48 items

List RulesVote up the nasty scents you can't help but enjoy smelling.

Admit it, there are some bad smells you kind of like. Have you ever been driving alone at night when the scent of a skunk wafted in through your air conditioning vents and instead of being repulsed, you felt like you were in flavor country? A lot of you are probably shaking your heads and acting like you just saw your grandma slapped, but that's just because skunks aren't your particular jam. Even so, you almost certainly like an odor everyone else finds offensive.

There are so many stinky smells that are pleasant in their own unique ways, even if you're the only person who can enjoy them. Some, like freshly laid tar, gasoline, or cigarette smoke, have more fans, while others can seem like smells no one else likes. There's no shame in it, so go on and vote up the best worst smells you kind of enjoy sniffing. It's an olfactory extravaganza!

  • Old Books1
    5,292
    1,450

    Old Books

  • Gasoline2
    5,303
    1,901

    Gasoline

  • Sharpie3
    3,980
    1,590
  • White Board Markers4
    3,666
    2,300

    White Board Markers

  • Dish Soap5
    2,718
    1,994

    Dish Soap

  • New Tires6
    3,023
    2,243

    New Tires

  • Leather Shoes7
    175
    115

    Leather Shoes

  • Chlorine8
    2,763
    3,233

    Chlorine

  • Pencil dust9
    187
    290

    Pencil dust

  • Isopropyl Alcohol10
    386
    645

    Isopropyl Alcohol

  • Dog And Cat Paws11
    384
    666

    Dog And Cat Paws

  • Windex12
    447
    780

    Windex

  • Hairspray13
    1,967
    3,392

    Hairspray

  • Zippo Lighter Fuel14
    1,673
    2,962

    Zippo Lighter Fuel

  • Puppy Breath15
    2,229
    3,973

    Puppy Breath

  • Freshly Laid Tar16
    1,757
    3,579

    Freshly Laid Tar

  • Bleach17
    1,819
    3,719

    Bleach

  • Wet Hay18
    1,591
    3,334

    Wet Hay

  • Paint Thinner19
    1,635
    3,476

    Paint Thinner

  • Your Own Farts20
    1,588
    3,385

    Your Own Farts

  • Vinegar21
    1,630
    3,614

    Vinegar

  • Livestock22
    1,421
    3,700

    Livestock

  • Steamed Broccoli23
    1,097
    2,892

    Steamed Broccoli

  • Hospitals24
    288
    840

    Hospitals

  • Old Coins25
    1,292
    3,535

    Old Coins