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Malaysia’s DVD-Sniffing Dogs

DVD-sniffing dog inspecting a box.

Who knew that CDs and DVDs had a scent?

Pictured to the right is one of Malaysia’s two black labradors who have been trained to detect the scent of polycarbonate, the primary material for optical media. According to the Reuters story titled Malaysia uses sniffer dogs to fight movie pirates, the dogs will be used to find discs in “unlikely” or unregistered containers.

If I were a Malaysian DVD pirate, I’d try to smuggle my contraband in durian shipments. That oughta throw the dogs off the scent.

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