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Monday links

NOTE: I removed the links to the quizzes.


  1. ellendra
    ellendra November 27, 2017 8:07 am

    The dog-breeds article focuses on social behavior. It seems to ignore the fact that those “working breeds” are more likely to get their owners up and moving more often and more vigorously than, say, a purse dog will.

  2. free.and.true
    free.and.true November 27, 2017 8:10 am

    Yep, 7/7 on the quiz. ;^) Challenging, needs a bit of multi-step thinking, but doable.

  3. ellendra
    ellendra November 27, 2017 8:11 am

    PS: I scored 100% on both quizzes, although I had to guess at one question each quiz.

  4. Claire
    Claire November 27, 2017 8:15 am

    “Challenging, needs a bit of multi-step thinking, but doable.”

    That was my take on it, exactly. Not that it was hard. Just that it took some logic, reasoning, and maybe counting on fingers and toes. 🙂

    Kudos ellendra and free.and.true. I knew the smart people hereabouts could do what “nobody” can.

  5. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 27, 2017 8:44 am

    Was not able to load either of the quizzes… even though I “allowed” the whole page on both. Oh well. 🙂

    And dogs… yes indeed. A very important part of my life. I’m never really “lonesome,” but still appreciate the dogs I’ve had more than I can say.

  6. Laird
    Laird November 27, 2017 10:00 am

    7/7. Not that difficult.

    No surprise about dogs enhancing health and longevity, or that the beneficial effects of the more “social” breeds was more pronounced. But the sourcing of that data is indeed “creepy”!

  7. Claire
    Claire November 27, 2017 10:02 am

    “working breeds are more likely to get their owners up and moving more often”

    That was my first thought when the original articles about the study came out. And it may be so; it’s certainly a logical conclusion. But look where the very active cattle dogs and border collies place on the list — down near the bottom, even though as working dogs they demand a lot of their humans. I think Coren’s onto something in noting that many of the dogs at the top of the list are among the most “kissy-face.”

  8. ExpatNJ
    ExpatNJ November 27, 2017 10:27 am

    Ellendra, “purse dogs” give their owners plenty of exercise, too. I know. They gotta go out, and be let in manually (no Star Trek automatic doors here). Plus, they don’t have opposable thumbs; which means I have to feed/water them, too. Oh, and the petting. Did I mention they’re love sponges and need constant attention? Whew. I have grown weary from all this dog-caring. Time for a siesta … until their call of nature gets me back up!

  9. Bear
    Bear November 27, 2017 10:53 am

    7/7. If at a least half the people taking it can’t, I blame schools.

    Edit: And 15/15 on the other, even though I wasn’t “supposed” to take it.

  10. Mike
    Mike November 27, 2017 11:40 am

    Thanks for posting the link about Twitter. I’ve been on there for a while and have been scaling down the amount of news feeds I follow in favor of the hobby feeds (shooting sports and aircraft). Yet as unpolitical as I am in my tweets, there are those who come out of the woodwork to fight. I’m getting tired of this endless bickering. The “on leaving (or trying to leave) Twitter” link was just the tonic for getting me to delete the account.

  11. Myself
    Myself November 27, 2017 11:44 am

    I guess those rapist and the nine officers who tried to intimidate her in the hospital are just a “few bad apples” and not evidence of an entitled and sick culture among police.

  12. fred
    fred November 27, 2017 12:18 pm

    The IQ one is a scam,a lot of answers arent there ‘they’ say?

  13. deLaune
    deLaune November 27, 2017 2:46 pm

    7/7. Wasn’t hard–but I made a logical guess on the word jumble (I’m terrible at those). Anyone care to unjumble it for me?

  14. Claire
    Claire November 27, 2017 3:22 pm

    Not in comments, since others might still be taking the quiz. But I’ll email you the answer right now.

  15. deLaune
    deLaune November 27, 2017 3:56 pm

    Thanks Claire. When I was a Junior in high school, I (like all boys) was required to take the Armed Forces Classification test. My results showed that I had the mental qualifications for any MOS–except clerk. I completely flunked the “filing” portion of the exam.

  16. deLaune
    deLaune November 27, 2017 4:02 pm

    I just retook the “IQ” test 4 times. No matter what answer I chose for the word jumble, I got 7/7. Hmm.

  17. Scott
    Scott November 27, 2017 4:08 pm

    Quizzes like that remind me of the ones they used to give us in 6th grade or so. I’ll bet far more people can solve them than is generally thought. You might not normally think of a cat as a guard animal, but some years ago a local burglar found himself wearing a ticked off Siamese cat as a hat. I would not want a 10 pound clawed creature on my head..Siamese cats have attitude far in excess of their size.
    Cats can make pretty good alarm systems. Mine does..I can tell by his reactions who’s outside, be it the meter reader, UPS,someone out walking the dog, or whoever. His reactions to each one is different.
    Why would a woman have any more difficulty identifying car parts than a guy? When I worked third shift, I would get my Mom to buy car parts for me on occasion. Never had any problems.

  18. Claire
    Claire November 27, 2017 5:14 pm

    “I just retook the “IQ” test 4 times. No matter what answer I chose for the word jumble, I got 7/7. Hmm.”

    Oh, that’s too weird. Maybe it is a fraud as Fred says.

  19. Claire
    Claire November 27, 2017 5:43 pm

    I removed the links to the quizzes until I have a chance to check them over more thoroughly to investigate whether they’re giving false results.

  20. Comrade X
    Comrade X November 27, 2017 11:06 pm

    Which Breeds of Dogs Are Best for Your Health?
    Well folks it ain’t anything to do with an Anatolian Shepherd Dog mixed with a Great Pyrenees, I can’t even attempt to explain it, but I will try,

    I’ve have spent over 1k in training already, but my vet has it right, some dogs you can’t change, they hate other dogs and there is nothing you can do about it.

    So yesterday I’m doing this walk on a bike path, I like this path because there is a bunch of room on places I can bail when I see other dogs coming, so it’s pretty good, been raining, most people are indoors not walking their dogs but after a few miles I come across a couple with dogs, one of size, I see a bail out at a public toilet so I go for it but when I come around the corner here’s a homeless guy toking his crack pipe (I’m out of town not common where I live) da Bones immediately goes for him, there’s no contact but close (lesson learn I need to give a wider birth when taking a corner) the really downside is he actually scared the crap out of the guy, I felt sorry even though his protestations consisted of many personal threats towards me.

    So tonight I am at a dog friendly hotel on the Oregon coast, where the room had pictures of DOGS!!! and da Bones ain’t happy about that to start, but right now I have to do my walk before nitety nite for him, wish me luck!

  21. Claire
    Claire November 28, 2017 3:49 am

    Yowch, Comrade! And here I thought my Ava could be difficult. She’s nothing compared with da Bones.

    I’ve never had an Anatolian shepherd, though I’ve always heard they’re not for the faint of heart. I have had a Great Pryenees and they are so stubborn, bullheaded, barky, and potentially aggressive I’d never have one again (unless I had a herd of sheep that needed guarding). I don’t envy you and can easily picture how that little encounter would have rattled you.

  22. Tahn
    Tahn November 28, 2017 9:42 am

    ComradeX, I went to HS in a south Missouri town, where the phrase “I cornered him”, did not mean someone was forced into a corner but distinctly meant you waited around a corner for someone and “blindsided” them as they came around the corner. To this day, I have a habit of taking “corners” wide. It’s not a bad habit to have

  23. Antibubba
    Antibubba November 28, 2017 9:52 am

    Staffies and pitbulls must be outlawed in Sweden, because they are the kissiest dogs I’ve ever met, by a huge margin. I await their cat study results, cautiously.

    I’m not surprised to read about Twitter burnout, because it seems to tire a lot of people. I’ve never had a twitter account, but I get sent links all the time. I have a Gab account, but I can’t figure out how it works, which is just as well, since I don’t have time for that sort of crap,

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