“Why do skunk odors smell so bad?”


Have you ever had the misfortune to smell skunk odor? It’s a really bad experience, one that I can thankfully say that I never had. But with a little bit of science, we can all understand why skunk can produce such bad smells.  When a skunk releases its odors, the resulting gas will contain an organic chemical with a most peculiar part known as thiol. Thiol is an organic functional group with an -SH for one of its branches. The sulfur component of thiol is what causes its bad smell. But thiols are not limited exclusively to skunk scents,but can be found in recently chopped onions and even jet fuel!

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