I like to read articles about studies that seem obvious but still get funding to be completed because it gives me hope that I can come up with a study and get paid for it. Maybe one day I can prove eating ice cream everyday is good for me.
For now I will read other people's studies and wonder, was that really necessary? Let's go with this one for example, "Dogs poop in alignment with Earth’s magnetic field, study finds."
After examining 70 dogs — made up of 37 breeds — over two years, 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations, researchers found that under “calm magnetic field conditions,” dogs preferred to “excrete with the body being aligned along the north-south axis,” avoiding east-west altogether.
We have a dog, so I should be able confirm this conclusion, right?
Step 1 - Locate dog:
Step 2 - Download a Compass app:
Step 3 - Create a Google Form:
Step 4 - Track the dog as he does his business for a month.
Plot the data into a chart showing a lazy basset hound proving science wrong. He's an equal opportunity directional pooper. (If there was ever a reason to put those words together, I think I found it.) He's probably more a Northeast-Southwest facing pooper if we had to pick, but I would say his magnetic sensor is broken or maybe Earth was broken.
For the sake of science I will continue to track his activities for the rest of the year. If you see me holding my phone over the dog while he is doing his business, don't judge me, thank me for my science.