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October 21, 2010


The physics of wet-dog shaking.

(Thanks to [needless to say] wiredog)


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Boy-oh-boy, that was $$$ well spent. Can't these folks find a better use of their time... like bloggin' or sumpin'!

The shaking done by a wet dog is proportionate to how badly you do not want them to do so. For instance if you're hot, outside, and have no where to go they will not shake even if they are dripping wet. However, if you're dressed up and in a hurry to get somewhere special, they will shake until every drop of fluid on their body is on you. Especially if you are in the house and have just had your carpets cleaned.

This isn't wasted research dollars. This is a bunch of guys who happen to be Physicists who are using their superior math skills to solve the endless complex problems of the world. When they finished I am sure that they had a beer.

I think nc's on to something. Murphy's Dog's Law.

I wonder if our not-so-bright canine family member was thinking of physics when she kept on shaking because she had a gash in her ear that wasn't emitting water.

"We have an explanation for the blood splatters all over the house, officer. Look at this article and you'll see why it hertz."

Shake shake, shake,
Shake, shake, shake.
Shake your poodle,
shake your poodle.

hmmmmm....makes one wonder...
(these are REAL lyrics - fill in the blanks for your own amusement)

♫ Do your ____s hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o'er your shoulder
like a continental soldier? (...*never DID understand that*...)
Do your ___s hang low?

Do your ___s hang high?
Do they reach up to the sky?
Do they droop when they are wet?
Do they stiffen when they're dry? (*snork*!)
Can you semaphore your neighbour
with a minimum of labour? (*????!!?!*)
Do your ___s hang high?

I had a Dalmatian who would wag her tail so hard it inevitably would find a corner of something (whack!) and proceed to bleed, whereupon she would -- swish! swish! swish! -- proceed to paint the house.

No fear, estro. I'm sure if you read their detailed grant application, you find that this has important bearing on defense research, and also the shaking cure cancer. Plus, some of the dogs were minorities.

sandy, throwing over your shoulder references the way you hold a musket.

oh thanks elon!

now, have you semicolonedaphored your neighbor lately?

R^0.75= "OH, ________!"

Researchers have it ruff

Didn't Dave's dog, Lucy, break her tail once after shaking it too hard?

Definitely involved tax $$$ and/or alcohol.

Senior #1: OK, today we're resuming the animal water-shaking speed calculations. Yesterday, the seniors and juniors measured and filmed the mice, cats and dogs. Today we do the bears. Are the cameras ready?

Senior #2: All ready to go.

Senior #1: Great! So we need to get a radius measurement on a few bears. Is the tape measure handy?

Senior #3: Got it right here.

Senior #1: Terrific. Give it to our volunteer, and let's get going.

Freshman #1: Uh oh.....

I'm not sure what to make of this? Are they making fun of CNN?


When I was in the Army it was "Airborne soldier".

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