LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The city of Los Angeles earned a dubious distinction this week when it was named first place on GQ magazine’s list of “The Smelliest Cities on the Planet.”

While the title may lend itself to derision, GQ actually praises L.A.’s vast array of environments and the fragrances they emit. From the city’s ocean breezes to the horticultural scents from the hills, and even hot asphalt and sunblock, GQ seems to consider L.A. an aromatic phenomenon.

Others on GQ’s list include Dallas – praised most for its mid-thunderstorm essence, Mumbai for its heavy layer of spices, incense and tropical sea scents, and New Orleans for its Gulf aromas.

The title of Worst-Smelling City goes to Paris. GQ decries The City of Light’s cigarette smoke, stale coffee odors, and the bad breath of its natives.

Comments (17)
  1. Everyday Guy says:

    The bouquet from an un-bathed Armenian will hit you like a hammer.

    1. TheWindrunner says:

      I thought they were called Angelinos.

    2. Whiskey Tango 44 says:

      Blame it on on the bottom feeding wetb@cks and mudflaps.

  2. Christina39 says:

    This weekend when I went back to L A to visit friends and family, I was pleasantly surprised by the pleasant smell of the trees and foliage and I forgot how pleasant that smeall was. I wonder why it would be called the smelliest city.

  3. An N.Y. Transplant says:

    Shouldn’t it read Los Angeles is the nicest smelling city. Smelliest means stinks and I don’t think Los Angeles fits that label although N.Y. does.

    1. Xen says:

      I agree. Los Angeles smells nicer than not smell nicer.

  4. Joe says:

    The author of GQ magazine obviously has not traveled to other countries because I have seen worse places than LA.

  5. Not in the world says:

    The researchers obviously havn’t been to either Mumbai India or Bangkok Thailand. These places require smelling sticks to walk anywhere.

    1. dc says:

      As a resident of BKK, go fvck yourself.

  6. Cindy duck says:

    They’ve obviously never been to Tijuana.

  7. Christina39 says:

    Did GQ Magazine say how it did its research? I don’t think they traveled much.

  8. RIley says:

    Glendale should have gotten this title, it smells like a hot, wet, fart from Colorado Blvd to Glenoaks Blvd.

    1. RIley says:

      Glendale, Ca, not Glendale Az.

  9. Beth says:

    Being the smelliest city on the plantet is a good thing. Maybe they should have added nicest to the phrase.

  10. Aaron Aronson says:

    FU. New York smells like pee.

  11. Hayden Sherman says:

    As a person that has been to Paris I agree with GQ. It smells like raw sewage in many places, garbage, urine, and all of the things GQ listed. Congrats to France on everyone still not liking them. I am shocked though that Mumbai is up there as one of the better smelling cities. If you’ve ever been around an Indian not wearing deodorant you know why

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