Dog Day Afternoon

1. What’s the difference between a hair and a whisker?
Location is the key, but a whisker by any other name would still hurt if it were being plucked out of your skin.

2. How many spots were there in 101 Dalmatians?
The Dalmatian breed can have anywhere between 50 to 500 spots, so the average would be 275, but most of these dogs were puppies, so let’s go lower and say 125. Multiplying 125 spots per dog by 101 dogs you would get 12,625 spots, so as Lady Macbeth said when she washed her hands before she let the dogs out, “Out damned spot.”

3. What is the Flying Dog?

4. Why do we say ‘sick as a dog?’
That phrase comes from dogs always having wet noses, so people thought they were sick.

5. What is meant by ‘going to the dogs’?
The dogs were always kept in a kennel that was downhill, just so people would not be downwind of the smell it had. They had to feed the dogs, so they had to go downhill to do that and going downhill became associated with going to the dogs, just as something that began to deteriorate, or degenerate did and after that it was all going down the drain.

6. Who or what is ‘Goofy?’
Goofy looks like a dog and he is a close friend of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

7. Where is the Dog Star?
The concept of a month is based on phases of the Moon.  Most ancient cultures defined a month based on the sighting of a new moon.  A lunar month is actually 29.5 days, so 12 lunar months adds up to 354 lunar days, which left man 11 days short of a solar year.  The ancient Egyptians studied the stars, so they could calculate a more accurate measurement of what a year is.  They used Sirius, the Dog Star, to predict the annual flooding of the Nile.  By studying Sirius, the Egyptians became the first civilization that was able to switch from a lunar to a solar calendar.  A problem showed up because every four years Sirius arrived a day late.  This meat that the solar year is really closer to 365 days and six hours, which threw the calendar off, but eventually man came up with leap year and we added a day to February, every fourth year.  Over time it was discovered that the solar year consists of 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds, which amounted to 3 days less over every 400 years span of the calendar.  This problem is solved by allowing the years ending in ’00 only to be leap years if they could be divided by 400, so three leap years disappear and the calendar is fixed.

8. Where will you find puppies on a roll?
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, so this can only be done with puppies. To teach your puppy to roll over, you should kneel beside your dog and hold a small, yummy treat to the side of their head near their nose, so they can smell it. Now move your hand from their nose toward their shoulder luring them to roll flat on their side. Try this a few times and praise your dog when they do the trick and make sure to give them the treat each time, they follow your directions.

9. What are hush puppies?
They were invented South Carolina by hunters, who fried up cornmeal bread for dogs to eat during a cookout and they discovered that this treat kept their dogs from barking.

10. What is the hair of the dog?
Whatever does not kill you, makes you stronger and people started eating the hair of dogs to prevent their dogs from eating them.

Written for Di’s Fibbing Friday.

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