And you thought your work was challenging… Recently, the contestants on the UK’s Big Brother reality show had a formidable task placed before them: They had to sniff their team members’ food-based bad breath, guess which dish caused it, and then recreate it in their own mouths.
Let’s hope they had access to some specialty breath fresheners afterward.
A diabolically stinky game of ‘telephone’
The Big Brother participants were essentially playing a smell-based version of “telephone.” Also known as “grapevine,” this children’s game involves a circle or line of players who pass a whispered phrase from one person to the next, often resulting in hilarious errors by the time the catchphrase reaches the final link of the chain.
For the reality TV show, producers upped the ante by making contestants smell each other’s bad breath.
As reported by OMG!, a celebrity gossip site maintained by Yahoo!, the British Big Brother participants were led into a set of separate cubicles as part of a Turf Wars challenge. Each windowless enclosure was connected to the next by a small tube. In each small cubicle, a single contestant was given nothing more than a platter of different smelly foods, like garlic, cheese, coffee and pickled onions.
The object of the challenge was simple, if disgusting. The first participant chose a food, ate a bite and breathed into the tube. The neighboring contestant had to smell the resulting halitosis, guess which dish caused it, eat that food and then breathe their oral odor on toward the next cubicle.
The winners were the team that could keep the chain going the longest without making an error.