Earthquake-Predicting Dogs

Over in China, researchers decided to test the theory that dogs can predict earthquakes. So they housed four dogs at the Nanchang quake center and waited for them to show signs of "abnormal" activity, such as barking a lot.

They soon discovered that dogs (and apparently these dogs in particular) often bark a lot. According to local residents "every night at 11pm they start barking over and over." After fielding multiple complaints from angry neighbors, the researchers "offered to muzzle the dogs, but accepted later that this might impede their skills as quake-prognosticators." Finally, the experiment was shut down.

So maybe dogs can predict earthquakes, or maybe they can't. But until we learn to speak dog language better, it doesn't look like our canine friends will be much use to us as official quake predictors. [London Times]
     Posted By: Alex - Fri May 10, 2013
     Category: Science | Experiments | Dogs

Too late for the dog translator. Gary Larson spotlighted a scientist who developed it.
Posted by KDP on 05/10/13 at 10:08 AM
We just got home after being gone for just over 1½ hours and I got barked at until I understood that Hairy was telling me that he was a cookie light and needed a quick refill.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/10/13 at 11:11 AM
My cat predicts when I will feed him by standing on my chest til I wake up oxygen starved to the site of a little predator on my chest glaring at me for who knows how long... it's just creepy!
Posted by EvilSpaceLordMang on 05/12/13 at 05:34 AM
I know a solution for that problem. :coolsmirk:
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/12/13 at 06:25 AM
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