Skunks also called “polecats” with “pole” coming from the French “puant” which means “stinking”. The word “squunck” was certified in New England in the 1630s. It comes from Abenaki, extinct language of Quebec and Maine, and is compound of two roots meaning ‘to urinate’ and ‘fox’. So the word “skunk” translates as “urinating fox”. Skunk scent gland matures in less than a month from birth. So the liquid the animal sprays doesn’t become stinky until the skunk turns 4 weeks. Muscles located next to the scent glands allow skunks to spray with high accuracy and as far as 3 m (10 ft). This chemical sulfur based liquid can cause eye irritation and even temporary blindness for humans as well as the animals. Human nose can smell this spray up to a mile down wind. Skunks carry enough stinky liquid for 5-6 sprays. Some people say that the best way to get rid of the smell is to soak in a tomato juice bath or a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid soap.