Mr Smarty Pants Knows, February 2012

In Germany, Rottweilers were once used like oxen.

According to one researcher, more than half a million fleas can jump from the floor to the ceiling in the blink of an eye.

Beagles can detect termites with their noses.

Dogs are descended from either the wolf or the jackal. Jackal descendants or “turf dogs” have a domed head and shortened muzzle. Golden Jackals are probably the starter stock for most dogs. Eskimo dogs, samoyeds, chow chows, and Russian lajkas are probably closest to the wolf.

Dogs rarely use all the muscles on their faces.

The above is information that Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, magazine, newspaper, or Internet; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got any facts? Email them to Mr. Smarty Pants for possible inclusion in the column at mrpants@austinchronicle.com. “Mr. Smarty Pants Knows” and the logo, copyright 2012, R.U. Steinberg.

 

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