Monday, January 18, 2016

New study offers conclusive evidence of equus asinus drinking preferences


Last week, we pondered the mystery of why the equines drank the small pail dry
before lowering themselves to drink out of the large tub. 
Some of you hypothesized that the small pail, being higher and easier to reach, was the determinant. 
I had my doubts, theorizing that an equine spends most of its life with its head bent 
to the ground to graze and should naturally prefer the lowest container, all other things being equal.
Nonetheless, in the name of science, I lowered the small pail.


It didn't make a damned bit of difference. High or low, they emptied the small pail
before touching the water in the large tub. Hmm.



 So then I decided to test another variable: 
what if I reversed the order of the containers?



 No sooner had I scrubbed and refilled them, 
George and Alan began to drink from the large tub,
proving conclusively: donkeys drink from left to right.
You're reading it on the internet. It must be true.



 George: It tastes better on this side.



George: Besides, it's easier to spit at the chickens from here.






20 comments:

  1. I love the fact that you think of these questions and go to the trouble to figure out the answers...you are one in a million! Hmmmmmm I wonder why?...

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  2. Great piece of deducing.

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  3. Thanks for this. You made my day.

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  4. The wait is over! Who'd of thunk! I can start my day feeling a lot smarter.

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    1. May I ask, as English is not my mother tongue, what means the expression: Who'd of thunk?

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    2. It's slang for: Who would have thought?

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    3. Sorry Carine. I will write with better English.

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  5. Can't stop an inquiring mind! Incidentally have you ever read Jon Katz's book, Saving Simon?

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  6. thanks for my first laugh out loudly beginning to my day... this is just to funny for words. silly donkeys, but oh so cute... now we know... since they drink from left to right, do they eat from left to right?

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  7. They like giving you puzzles to solve. Probably spend days figuring out the next one :)

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  8. I am just delighted that you solved the mystery! You are so funny!!

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  9. In the name of hard science, thank you. We are that much closer to unlocking the secrets of ass thinking.

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    1. Brigitte's comment wins the thread!

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  10. OMG! Our donkeys do that too! I can clean the one on the right to sparkling blue and not be able to get the 'left' one as clean ... they'll drink from the left. We have a green pail and a blue pail that I carry out to the front paddock. The sun keeps them from freezing for the morning. Out there too, no matter what colour is where. The one on the left is gone first. Hmmm...

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  11. Add a third pail... (just for funsies ;D)

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    1. An American in Tokyo1/18/16, 6:39 PM

      And make it a different colored pail! ha ha!

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  12. ok for left to right then. of course we all forgot about the spitting at the chickens!

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  13. I love that you made the effort to experiment. :)

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