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Car Break-ins Are Now Legal to Save the Life of a Dog — April 21, 2018
Dog breeds that match your Zodiac sign. —
Universal love. —
Do you agree? — February 1, 2018
Bad day? Check this out. — January 23, 2018
Heaven on Earth — January 11, 2018
Scientists Build an Animal Fart Database — January 10, 2018

Scientists Build an Animal Fart Database

Now I have heard it all…

National Geographic Education Blog


Yeah, you read that right. What else do you need to know, really? (Washington Post)

Do we smell a citizen science project?

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V0007694ER A man looking through a magnifying glass at a picture of a m A 17th century flatologist studies a flatulent monkey.
Engraving courtesy the Wellcome Library, London. CC-BY-4.0

Discussion Ideas

  • So, scientists have compiled a database of animal farts. What are farts?
    • Farts, also known as flatulence, describe gas generated or held in the stomach or intestines, and expelled through the anus.
    • Farting is literally passing gas: the root word of flatulence is the Latin word flatus, meaning “a blowing, breaking wind.”
    • The scientific study of farts is called flatology. Really!
    • Those who have the ability to fart at will are known as flatulists, and have been entertaining people for more than 1,500 years. (And that’s just documented. Our guess is…

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This article made my heart warm. I just love a happy ending!

Marty South

Daisy is a Japanese Spitz, and she’ll be two years old on November the 7th. For those who consider numbers propitious things, you may have noticed: she was born on 7/11. Those are two very lucky numbers. She’s a very lucky dog, too, I might add. A bit like the genie in the bottle, if you give her tummy a good rub, you’re sure to have an excellent day. Also a bit like the genie in the bottle, I sometimes (often) wish I could miniaturise Daisy and put her in a little box so that I can take her with me into non-dog environments and get her out, should I ever feel the need for that little bit of moral support.

I find it endlessly suprising that the Japanese Spitz is a relatively unknown breed, and not more popular. People who meet Daisy often ask if she is a…

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Canine Influenza in Canada —
A tired beauty. — December 1, 2017