“The prayer nut” is the subject of this video, which zeroes in on the question: Was the prayer nut filled with some kind of gunk? Research, careful research, hints that it may indeed have been filled with gunk, and that that gunk may have included fragrant herbs, one of which may have been cannabis.
If you’d like to scientifically determine whether your dog (or any other dog) is watching TV, you could try using a high-quality method of face tracking (from a Human Computer Interaction [HCI] standpoint) as suggested by PhD researcher Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas and Prof. Janet C Read from the Animal Computer Interaction Design (ACID), a research group at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), UK. They have noted that :
“Dogs have continually been reported to view television screens but there is diminutive knowledge behind this phenomenon.“
Their line of enquiry :
“[…] brings forward the possibility of animals having meaningful interaction with the TV screen and suggests ways to possibly quantify and build methods to create animal-computer-interaction.”
Since then however, new work by the team (along with Dr. Brendan Cassidy) found that when dogs are presented with a choice of more than one screen (specifically 3), things are considerably less clear :
“ The findings provide evidence that when dogs are presented with three screens they are unable to follow through three screen variations on what to watch. There is a possibility that a central placement is the preference. On average the dogs had a low mean view time per interaction and seemed content to glance across the multiple screens. Overall, even though the content subject within the videos was different and proved to be appealing to the dogs, the dogs, when confronted with three screen options, preferred to watch nothing.”
And, in summary :
“The dogs in this study chose to not watch TV over any TV content; even Coronation Street failed to hold their attention which rather suggests that TV watching, for dogs, maybe much less fun than wandering around, eating, taking a drink, sleeping and playing with toys.” [our hyperlink]
The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association, a consortium of companies producing plumbing products including Toto, Panasonic, and Toshiba, has agreed to unify the iconography used on the often baffling control panels for Japanese toilets. The decision was made in response to foreign tourists who say they’re often unable to understand the controls, which operate features often not found on Western toilets such as bidets and warm air drying….