Thursday, October 2, 2008

Would a Tomato Juice Bath Get It Off?

The Israeli police have a new crowd-control weapon. It's called Skunk, because....

Imagine the worst, most foul thing you have ever smelled. An overpowering mix of rotting meat, old socks that haven't been washed for weeks - topped off with the pungent waft of an open sewer. Imagine being covered in the stuff as it is liberally sprayed from a water cannon. Then imagine not being able to get rid of the stench for at least three days, no matter how often you try to scrub yourself clean.

It has something else in common with skunk spray.

The beauty of Skunk - if beauty is the right word - is that it is said to be completely organic...... No illegal chemicals, no proscribed substances - just a thoroughly disgusting mix of yeast, baking powder and a few other "secret" ingredients.

Unlike skunk spray, however.....

"It's totally harmless, you can even drink it," boasted Superintendent Harosh - as though encouraging me to swallow a mouthful. Reporters will sometimes go the "extra mile" to add authenticity to their story, but not this time. No way.

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