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Skunks everywhere

There are something like a kajillion skunks around campus these days. If you haven’t seen then a-snuffin’ around, you’ve probably smelt them–To my olfactory bias, it smells a lot like soy sauce-seasoned tofu. Anyways, usually you see them digging around garbage cans and sometimes just walking around. Skunks can’t see well past 3 feet or so, so a lot of times if you just stand still it’ll go on its merry troddling way. If it starts stamping its feet or, even worse, lifts its tail up, RUN.

The best thing to do, though, is to try to not leave garbage out overnight until it gets colder.

In the event that you’re sprayed, ditch the tomato juice and instead try a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid soap. The thiols, which are responsible for the skunk’s stank, are not water soluble, even with soap, but the baking soda catalyzes the oxidative ability of the peroxide, which oxidizes the thiols into highly water-soluble thiolates. Mythbusters says so.

(Orgo students who are getting their first exam grades back: Look upon that last paragraph and shudder.)

Exploring: Hi-Rise

You can’t tell, but there’s the butt of a skunk in this picture. A very scared, adorable skunk.

Where does this door go? And how do I reach it? It’s in Hi-Rise and visible from the outside via a narrow window, but I couldn’t get there from the ground floor as the stairwell door leading to the basement was locked. Is it accessible from the elevator?
Interestingly enough, it’s propped open, which means that one would see “THE END” when emerging out of wherever it connects to. I’m intrigued.