Mr Smarty Pants Knows, May 2012

The Karelian Bear Dog is from Finland where it is regarded as a national treasure. It will hunt any kind of animal.

The dog days of summer are named for the brightest star in the sky, Sirius in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog.

Gidget, a female Chihuahua featured in Taco Bell ads, also was Bruiser’s mother in “Legally Blonde 2.”

The expression “it’s raining cats and dogs” originally started out as a German saying that roughly translated to “it’s raining cats and ducks.”

Dogs have been used by the U.S. military since World War I.

The above is information that Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, magazine, newspaper, or website; 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 “Mr. Smarty Pants Knows” and the logo, copyright 2012, R.U. Steinberg.


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