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Saturday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2014.

There are 312 days left in the year.



1980, the “Miracle on Ice" took place in Lake Placid, N.Y., as the United States Olympic hockey team upset the Soviets, 4-3 to advanve to the gold medal game The Soviets had won 6 of the 7 previous gold medals. The U.S. team did go on to win the gold medal.... what country did they defeat for the gold?

Don Pardo celebrates his 96th birthday today. Dominick George "Don" Pardo is an American radio and television announcer. He is best known as the voice for what long-running late night comedy show?


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Camelle Kent VP of Marketing for WellPet will join Jon and Talkin' Pets this Saturday 2/22/14 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away dog treats

Wisconsin rubber duck bill racing to finish line

The "Ducktona 500" in Sheboygan Falls and the "Lucky Ducky Derby" in Menomonee Falls may soon be able to operate in Wisconsin without fear of breaking the law.

The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill legalizing rubber duck races in Wisconsin. The measure cleared the Assembly last week. It now heads to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

Nonprofit organizations commonly race the little plastic ducks, with numbers on the bottom, as fundraisers.

But the legality of those races was called into question after the state Justice Department warned the village of Mishicot that its annual rubber duck race amounts to illegal gambling.

The bill would create an exemption for duck races, similar to laws in Minnesota and Michigan.


Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover...

In the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou in the wilds of Finland, reindeer are getting all done up.

Anne Ollila of the Finnish Reindeer Herder's Association says the antlers of 20 reindeer have been painted with various fluorescent dyes to see how the animals react and whether the paints are resistant to the harsh Arctic climate.

If successful, animals with glittering antlers will be free to roam Lapland - a vast, deserted area in northern Finland where herders tend to some 200,000 reindeer.

Ollila says reflectors and reflective tape have proven unsuccessful as reindeer have torn them off - and road signs warning drivers of roaming reindeer often are stolen by tourists as souvenirs.


Think your dog can tell when you’re feeling sad or happy? You may be right.

Dogs are sensitive to cues of emotion in human voices, according to a new study from Current Biology. Researchers suspect the area of the brain responsible for voice and sounds in both dogs and humans evolved at the same time, 100 million years ago, when the two species shared common ancestors.

For their study, researchers trained 11 dogs to sit still in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. The researchers than analyzed the brain activity of both dogs and humans as they listened to 200 different dog and human sounds, ranging from crying to playful barking and laughing.

While the brains of both dogs and humans responded most strongly to noises produced by their own species, they processed emotionally-loaded sounds in similar ways. For example, both species experienced a greater activation of the brain’s primary auditory cortex when hearing happy sounds.

Some differences were noted as well: Dogs responded more strongly to non-vocal noises, compared to humans.

The researchers believe this study may lead to a better understanding of why dogs are so in tune with their owner’s emotions.


A Marine Corps veteran says he was told to leave a Texas restaurant because he brought his dog-in-training to be certified as his service animal.

"I take my dog a lot of places, so I don't really look for permission anymore because I've never had any problems," Don Brown of Spring, Texas said. "I've had one or two people make a comment, but I tell them it's a service dog and that's the end of it."

But when Brown took his Doberman, Truman, to the River Side Inn Marina in Channelview, Texas, a waitress said she needed to check to see if she could seat him because dogs are not allowed in the restaurant.

After several minutes, according to Brown, a man emerged from a back office and yelled from across the bar, "Can you see?" Taken aback, Brown said, "Excuse me?" and the man asked again if Brown had the sense of sight.

"So I asked him what his name was, and he told me his name, and told me that I was catching an attitude and that I needed to leave," Brown said. "I'm a pretty non-confrontational kind of guy. At that point, I said, 'Really because of your attitude, we are going to leave. This is wrong.'"

River Side Inn Marina was contacted after the incident by local media and said: "We have no comment."

Brown served in the Marine Corps from 1986 to 1994. He received an honorable discharge and left the service as a sergeant.

After the leaving the Marine Corps, Brown was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder stemming from his experiences in the Gulf War.

He has had Truman for about eight months. The dog's training includes taking him out in public.


Cats are jerks. They're the type of mean-spirited animal that will kick you while you're down and not even have the decency to apologize. At least, that's one way to take a new study featured in Popular Science that found over 41 percent of the people treated for cat bites were also treated for depression.

The study looked at 1.3 million people over 10 years, and researchers were honest: they can't say for certain whether cats are jerks that just like biting depressed people. Instead, they came up with three theories as to why cat bites and depression are so closely linked.

There's the "depressed people are more likely to own a cat (thus exposing them to a higher probability of being bitten)" approach, the "depressed people are more likely to exhibit behavior that cats don't like" theory, and a third, more science-y hypothesis relies heavily on the bacterial composition of cat poop.

You see, a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, commonly found in cat feces, might be infecting the brains of cat owners. The study explains: "The Toxoplasma parasite has been linked to prenatal depression, and a case report from 2004 discussed a patient with depression who was not responsive to anti-depressant medications until the parasite was eradicated. It has also been suggested that the inflammatory cytokines released during a T. gondii infection in the brain may be the cause of depression in some patients."

That sounds like serious stuff, and researchers went so far as to recommend that doctors screen cat bite victims for depression, just to be safe.

Oh, and it's also worth noting that, of people who were both depressed and bitten by a cat, 86 percent were women. So all those cat lady stereotypes are definitely true. We think... ??? ....


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