One of my favorite stories of myself as a child happens to be horribly disgusting too. I am reminded by it often too.
My mother, sister and I were driving with the windows down. Just as my mother and sister started to gag, I took a deep breath in and said, Wow what smells so good? I'm hungry!"
My mother says, "Well that is the Purina Puppy Chow plant."
At the time, I didn't get it, but every time I pass it again, I happen to start laughing. I can't squelch what a total nerd I was.
Blessedly happy one though.