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7 things that actually smell worse than Bradford pear trees

Here in Oklahoma, it's an annual spring tradition to marvel at the gaze at Bradford Pear Trees – those brittle, beautiful when blooming trees that dot the Oklahoma landscape – and then turn around and gag from the putrid smell they produce.

Well, that is if your pollen allergies haven't killed your sense of smell.

Although you may fund yourself saying, "Nothing Smells Worse Than A Bradford Pear Tree," we actually thoughts of some things that may smell worse.

Such as...

Old Braum's Fries Rotting In Your Car

We've all been there. You go through the Braum's drive-through, order your regular, they screw it all up, and you're chomping down soggy fries on the way home. Some of them slip from your greasy fingers and fall between your seat and the center console, and the next day you get inside the car after the fries have been baking in the sun. The interior smells like a stale grease fart, and it'll smell like that forever now or until you take it into Red Carpet for a detail.


Super Cao Nguyen fish counter trash can

This isn't a knock on Super Cao's fish selection. They have some of the best stuff in the city. But is a knock on any fish counter trash can, which smells a lot like a Bradford Pear tree, only slightly worse.


Jim Inhofe's Deep Freezer

We all remember the time when our favorite Top Gun senator showed up to work with a snowball to try and prove some kind of point about climate change. Even though he pulled the stunt in February, which is a reasonable time for snow to be around, something tells me he's hanging on to a few more just in case he feels the need to present himself as an anti-science jackass again. But that begs the question of what else is in his garage deep freezer. Anyone that old always has some ancient relics from 30 years ago slowly decaying in the back of their freezer, and those Jell-O Pudding Pops ain't edible anymore.


The Edmond Purina Factory

Years ago, comedian Marc Maron came to OKC, and he talked about the experience on his podcast 'WTF.' Aside from the BBQ, the only thing he could ramble about was how he drove past the Purina factory and smelled dog food being cooked, and how that was something he'd never even thought about before. They gotta take all that horse meat and grind it up and bake it, and that's what south Edmond smells like, and it's awful.


Oklahoma River Soup

A favorite amongst rowers and triathletes, this delicious mix of algae, chemicals and human waste is great for colonoscopy prep, or if you're looking to lose a quick five pounds.


Wayne Coyne's Old Gray Suit

Remember when Wayne was a lovable local cartoon character who wore the same outfit every day? He had that trademark suit (or I guess two of them, one white and one grey), and it was always so wrinkled and ever-present that there was no doubt he slept in it too. This isn't to shame him, I wash my jeans like once a year, so I get it. But I'm assuming he's still got that suit crumpled up in a trash bag in his closet and it's never been dry cleaned and it reeks of patchouli and ten years of body odor.


The Damon Lane Air Freshener

We never got to the bottom of what these things actually smell like, but I'm leaning heavily towards the week-old atheleisure clothes. It's a mystery that I would prefer to never be solved.


Originally published in March of 2020

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