A Skunk By Any Other Name
September 16, 2010 11:31 AM Subscribe
I have always found skunk odor and roses to share similar scent. In my opinion, it's strikingly similar, but almost nobody agrees with me. What chemical, if any, do they have in common?
posted by gilrain to science & nature (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I suspect more people would agree, except they are blinded by the skunk = bad smell, rose = good smell cultural norm. I do like roses, but I swear they share something. I have a good nose for this stuff, and a relatively trained palate.
Another example is that fresh pineapple and cider vinegar smell similar, to my nose. I feel certain they also share some volatile compound in common.
Am I just too imaginative, or am I on to something, here? Anyone know in specific what these smells have in common?