Monday, May 24, 2010

Have you seen a Breakdancing Skunk?

Posted by Kirk

Spring is well upon us and skunks are out and about so I thought it was time to drag out this video I discovered over the winter. This is a spotted skunk found in Europe but apparently the local Striped Skunks do hand stands as well. Luckily I've never been close enough to discover for myself. If you do happen to get too close to a skunk and get sprayed there are all kinds of weird ways to remove the smell and most of them don't work. Tomato juice? Nope, won't do a thing.

The best recipe for removal of smell from you or your too curious dog was developed by Paul Krebaum and printed in the October 1993 edition of the Chemical and Engineering News.

Mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1/4 cup of baking soda with a teaspoon of liquid detergent. Apply and let sit for five minutes. Repeat if necessary. This actually chemically changes the smell molecule.

If you are really interested in the chemistry behind the skunk smell be sure to check out this link.