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BREAKING: Scientists say dogs align along earth’s 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.”

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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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