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BREAKING: Scientists say dogs align along earthís north-south axis when pooping
The Daily Caller ^ | 4 Jan 2014 | Eric Owens

Posted on 01/04/2014 7:08:06 AM PST by mandaladon

A team of European scientists with way too much time on its hands has discovered that dogs tend to position themselves in alignment with the earth’s magnetic field before they take every big, steamy dump.

The Czech and German researchers committed two years of their professional lives to the longitudinal study of canine crap, reports The Christian Science Monitor. The point was to determine magnetic sensitivity in dogs—at least when they poop.

The proud scientists say the findings “open new horizons for biomagnetic research.”

There were 37 dog owners in Germany and the Czech Republic involved in the study. There were 70 dogs. The owners doggedly (har, har) measured the direction of their canines’ spines when they ate, rested, urinated and defecated.

There were 7,475 discrete pooping and peeing events. All of them happened outside. The exact breakdown, if you must know, was 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations.

Based on the observations, the insightful scientists concluded that the dogs prefer to pinch their canine loaves “aligned along the North-south axis” when magnetic field conditions are calm, according to National Public Radio.

The scientists say the wealth of data suggests that dogs actively try to avoid pooping on the dreaded east-west axis, or when the magnetic field is not calm.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: aca; canines; doggieping; dogs; k9; obama; zoology
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 photo dogs.jpgThe phenomenon, they say, explains why dogs sometimes hesitate, look very worried and circle around bizarrely before finally just squatting down and doing their business..................Well that explains it.
1 posted on 01/04/2014 7:08:06 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

This is pure DS!


2 posted on 01/04/2014 7:11:50 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: mandaladon

I was wondering if they also align along the north south magnetic axis when they roll in poop.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 7:13:18 AM PST by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: mandaladon

I am going to extrapolate this to my cat and turn the litter box 90 degrees. Maybe she’ll stop peeing out the front window.


4 posted on 01/04/2014 7:15:33 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: mandaladon

I guess the north-south magnetic axis spins in my backyard. Or maybe my dogs have broken compasses. Or maybe they are just free spirits, who like to poop aligned with all four corners of the world.

Someone needs to pay me a lot of money to record their poop-position a few thousand times, and to see if there is any correlation to the wind, sun angle, or - since they are sheep dogs - the nearest sheep herd. I think about $50K a year should do it...


5 posted on 01/04/2014 7:19:14 AM PST by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: mandaladon

Having watched my dog poop at least twice a day for 7 years, I can tell you he has faced every point on the compass.


6 posted on 01/04/2014 7:19:14 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: mandaladon

Is this kind of like “Stage Fright” for dogs?


7 posted on 01/04/2014 7:19:23 AM PST by Safrguns (PM me if you like to play Minecraft!)
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An article from a couple days ago with 100+ comments if anyone is interested.

Dogs align themselves with Earth’s magnetic field when it comes time to poop
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3107660/posts?


8 posted on 01/04/2014 7:21:24 AM PST by deport
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To: mandaladon

After years of research and thousands of dollars in government grants, I have proved without a doubt that dogs poop faster when it is -15° outside.
This is a big leap in canine arctic research and should prove to be helpful in many areas of science.


9 posted on 01/04/2014 7:24:25 AM PST by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: mandaladon

Next study: Which direction do dog owners face when using the pooper scooper?


10 posted on 01/04/2014 7:28:39 AM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: mandaladon

But what about the bears? We already know where, but the nation’s survival depends on us spending a billion dollars to find out in which direction.


11 posted on 01/04/2014 7:30:40 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: mandaladon

http://www.amnh.org/podcast/media/2013-05-09_natures_compass.mp3

12 posted on 01/04/2014 7:30:59 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: mandaladon

My dog just went while looking east. Towards Mecca perhaps?


13 posted on 01/04/2014 7:32:03 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Nonsense Unlimited

And small ones go even faster when you just hold them out the window and squeeze. At -15 that would include Labradors.


14 posted on 01/04/2014 7:32:59 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: mandaladon

The proud scientists say the findings “open new horizons for biomagnetic research.”

************
Translation: they see opportunities for even more grant money to allow them to continue living on the public’s dime.


15 posted on 01/04/2014 7:35:12 AM PST by Starboard
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To: xsmommy; SoothingDave; Texan5; secret garden

I couldn’t groan at this all alone. OMGosh. What waste.


16 posted on 01/04/2014 7:36:51 AM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: mandaladon

Wouldn’t it be funny if we discovered they were really facing their mutt butts to Mecca?


17 posted on 01/04/2014 7:38:35 AM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: Starboard

Something about this story stinks. Sounds like a bunch of crap to me.


18 posted on 01/04/2014 7:38:56 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: mandaladon

I poop in the same direction every day. Unless I use the other bathroom.


19 posted on 01/04/2014 7:40:52 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Second Amendment First

I do try to turn my bum to Mecca when breaking wind.


20 posted on 01/04/2014 7:40:57 AM PST by twister881
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To: ToastedHead

“Maybe she’ll stop peeing out the front window”.

LOL :)


21 posted on 01/04/2014 7:41:23 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Nonsense Unlimited
I have proved without a doubt that dogs poop faster when it is -15° outside.

Well, without video and documentation, looks like you're pooping in the wind.

22 posted on 01/04/2014 7:41:48 AM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: Mister Da

My dog poops in circles. He poops a bit, scoots forward and rotates CCW ... always CCW. He can do this for quite a while. He makes a little fairy circle out of DS.

Then he runs into the kitchen and stares at the dog snack jar and smacks his lips.


23 posted on 01/04/2014 7:42:08 AM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: mandaladon

My beagle transacts his solid business at least twice per day.

70 dogs × 2 poops/day × 365 days/year × 2 years = 102, 200 poops

Yet they only include 1900 poops into their dataset. Then, they mysteriously exclude poops taken, when the earths magnetic field is not calm. Sounds like they were taking advice on data collection from climate scientists.


24 posted on 01/04/2014 7:47:51 AM PST by CaptainMorgantown
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To: Usagi_yo
My dog poops in circles

Is it in the direction of the earth's rotation?

25 posted on 01/04/2014 7:48:01 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: PistolPaknMama

>> Well, without video and documentation, looks like you’re pooping in the wind. <<

I’m sorry for the lack of documentation.
My new research grant to explore at what sub-zero temperatures dogs are most attracted to frozen turds is taking all my time.


26 posted on 01/04/2014 7:51:37 AM PST by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: Usagi_yo

“My dog poops in circles...”

Our Boston Terrier used to do this. She would twirl as fast as she could and the poop would fling out and form a circle. We used to call them “crap circles” (instead of crop circles). Weird, huh?!


27 posted on 01/04/2014 7:55:00 AM PST by momtothree
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To: mandaladon

Politicians did the same thing during the civil war .....


28 posted on 01/04/2014 7:55:45 AM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: mandaladon

Just goes to prove that dogs, who usually point their noses into the wind and while keeping their bottom ends downwind, have more common sense than a whole “team of European scientists”, lol. But then they’ve probably never trailed a rabbit or even pooped in the woods.


29 posted on 01/04/2014 7:56:49 AM PST by Errant (Surround yourself with intelligent and industrious people who help and support each other.)
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To: momtothree

>> Our Boston Terrier used to do this. She would twirl as fast as she could and the poop would fling out and form a circle. We used to call them “crap circles” (instead of crop circles). Weird, huh?! <<

Not that strange really ... It’s how Stonehenge was created.


30 posted on 01/04/2014 8:00:20 AM PST by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: mosaicwolf

If you try this test yourself, you have to do it away from your home at a place that isn’t part of your dogs routine.


31 posted on 01/04/2014 8:01:05 AM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Mister Da

You obviously need to duct-tape a few magnets along your dogs spine lol!


32 posted on 01/04/2014 8:01:27 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Nonsense Unlimited

:)


33 posted on 01/04/2014 8:01:39 AM PST by momtothree
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To: mandaladon

If a dog poops in the woods, and no one is around, does it still smell?


34 posted on 01/04/2014 8:08:15 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: mosaicwolf

DS +1. Owning several dogs, I have scientifically noted that they do their dump in what ever direction they are pointing unless they are marking territory. Then, they sniff around and dump in what ever direction that they are pointing.


35 posted on 01/04/2014 8:08:31 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: mandaladon

I have been thinking about the dog poop subject since yesterday (yes Christmas is over and I don’t have much to do).
I think it is a self protection thing. They want to make sure that another dog does not come up and attack them from behind while they are pooping.

See how simple that was? You just have to think about something for about 24 hours and there you have it!


36 posted on 01/04/2014 8:10:19 AM PST by Ditter
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To: mandaladon
Dogs are smart....

the wealth of data suggests that dogs actively try to avoid pooping on the dreaded east-west axis

and that direction is towards Mecca.

37 posted on 01/04/2014 8:12:48 AM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: mandaladon
Hmm. Pepper the wonderdog must have a malfunction in her compass. Looking through my office window, I watched her poop in the front yard just now and she faced EAST. Or did the earth's axis shift with the new year?
38 posted on 01/04/2014 8:15:38 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: mandaladon

Well our dog Buddy who has no class whatsoever tends to align himself in the street right in front of our neighbor’s driveway and his axis turns at will. :-)


39 posted on 01/04/2014 8:27:21 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: mandaladon

On The Temple Mount






Butts aligned towards the "3rd most holy site in islam"

ML/LTOS


40 posted on 01/04/2014 8:28:14 AM PST by left that other site
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To: mandaladon
...If our German Shepherd "dumped" aligned to the Northern Lights..
is that still true near the Bermuda Triangle? ..Hawaii?

41 posted on 01/04/2014 8:31:02 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: ToastedHead
Maybe she'll stop peeing out the front window.

It was just dumb luck that my cat's litter box is aligned N/S, whew.

42 posted on 01/04/2014 8:33:46 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: mandaladon

43 posted on 01/04/2014 8:34:18 AM PST by Rock Eye Jack
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To: momtothree

“crap circles” — LOL


44 posted on 01/04/2014 8:35:49 AM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: shove_it

I just busted out the compass and realigned after I did scoops. Grand Master Fluff gave me a dirty look. I referred her to FR.


45 posted on 01/04/2014 8:37:16 AM PST by ToastedHead
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To: mandaladon; GeronL; Revolting cat!

At least they don’t aim towards Mecca or there would be a major fatwa for jihad against dogs coming on.


46 posted on 01/04/2014 8:41:30 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: mandaladon

47 posted on 01/04/2014 8:43:06 AM PST by Rock Eye Jack
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To: mandaladon

my uncle told me that dairy cows aligned North-South in their stalls always give more milk


48 posted on 01/04/2014 8:50:06 AM PST by PGR88
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To: mandaladon

“Scientists say dogs align along earth’s north-south axis when pooping”

What about dogs with iron deficiency anemia?”


49 posted on 01/04/2014 8:51:54 AM PST by buridan
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To: mandaladon

I read this and have been watching the dogs as they poop. I think my political leanings have had an affect upon them as they are pooping in the direction of Mecca.


50 posted on 01/04/2014 8:53:56 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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