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Nature's Craziest Defense Mechanisms

By Vadim Newquist Apr 23, 2014

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The Skunk

Ok, we’re probably not telling you much you didn’t already know here, but these stinky little critters definitely deserve a place in Nature’s Defense Hall of Fame, preferably its own room, actually, considering that it smells worse than a mound of rotting pig carcasses. Did you know, though, that the musk the skunk emits is so powerful that it if sprayed directly, you’d experience temporary blindness? Yup, so if you had your heart set on sticking your face right up to a skunk’s butt, hopefully that will talk you out of it.

Tags: animals, science, slideshows, nature, weird science

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Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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