Do you know what the world’s worst smell is?
Well, a team of scientists from the University of Oxford thinks they’ve worked out the best and worst smells in the world.
According to their study, the best smell is vanilla and the worst smell is sweaty feet.
The study also showed that people share favourite smells regardless of where they come from in the world.
The scientists investigated nine groups of people with very different lifestyles, in order to test whether a person’s smell choices were linked to their culture.
The study included 235 people. They were asked to rank smells on a scale of pleasant to unpleasant.
The top two ranked smells were vanilla and peaches. The least pleasant smells were cheese, soy milk, apple juice and foot sweat.
According to Dr. Arshamian, one of the scientists in the study, a possible reason why people like and dislike the same smells is that being able to sniff out bad odours was useful as humans evolved.