OK not to be dwelling in the gutter here, but when we read this new research out of the Czech Republic we did think it was pretty interesting. And definitely random as heck. But hey, that’s science for you.
The study, that monitored 70 dogs from 37 different breeds over a two year period, found that dogs were more likely to “do their business” along a north-south axis, determined by the Earth’s geomagnetic field. For all those dog owners out there, this does help make some sense of that strange little spin and dance all dogs tend to do before pooping, doesn’t it?
Why the north-south is preferred it’s unclear, but regardless of magnetic field conditions, dogs blatantly avoided relieving themselves along the east-west alignment. The authors of the study wrote in the paper:
“It is still enigmatic why the dogs do align at all, whether they do it ‘consciously’ (i.e., whether the magnetic field is sensorially perceived) – or whether its reception is controlled on the vegetative level (they “feel better/more comfortable or worse/less comfortable” in a certain direction).”
Guess this is a case for Mulder and Scully.
What do you think of this study? What’s another crazy finding you’ve seen lately? Tell us below: