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When I was in college, I earned money part-time working at a fast-food restaurant where my chief job was operating the Fryolator. I still remember vividly the experience of returning to my dorm at the end of a shift reeking of overheated cooking oil. I remember one occasion in particular where a girl poked her head out of the door of her room as I walked by and asked expectantly, “Who has the fries?”

Little did I know back then as I scrubbed to get the odor off my body that there was gold in that there stench. According to the Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) has commissioned a perfume that mimics the smell I was so eager to wash away. The name of the product is Frites by Idaho, and it retails for $1.89 for a 1.7-ounce bottle — about the same, the article notes pointedly, as the price of a large order of fries. The fragrance is available for purchase on the IPC’s website.

The decision to develop a fragrance reminiscent of fries was made after a survey revealed that 90% of people love the smell of French fries. I just wonder how many  unsuspecting women will feel the same way after wearing the scent for an entire evening. Take it from one who has been there: It can have its down side.

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