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Question #79062 posted on 09/11/2014 11:24 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why does a wet dog smell so much worse than a dry dog?



Dear Emiliana,

I have always had a similar question, not about dogs but cheese: why does (non-smelly) cheese suddenly smell awful when it becomes wet?

The answer involves science! Well sort of. You see the molecules that have to leave smelly objects to get to your nose must be very small and volitile. This means they are also easily evaporated, so when a dog (or a piece of cheese) gets wet, it evaporates and becomes concentrated in the surrounding air. Thus making the dog, or your innocent piece of chedder cheese, stink to high heaven. 

The Soulful Ginger