The name ‘Fido’ comes from Latin meaning fidelity.
The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae – “Island of Dogs.”
- The term “dog days” has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, or “days of the dog.”
In the early 1940’s, Swiss inventor George de Mestral went on a walk with his dog. After arriving home, he saw that his pants and his dog’s coat were covered with cockleburrs. When he looked at the burrs under a microscope, he discovered they have a natural hook-like shape, which became the basis for his invention of a unique, two-sided fastener — one side with stiff “hooks” like the burrs and the other side with the soft “loops” like the fabric of his pants. The result was VELCRO® brand hook and loop fasteners, named for the French words”velour” and “crochet.”
The phrase ‘Three Dog Night’, attributed to the Australian Aborigines, came about because on especially cold nights these nomadic people needed three dogs (dingos, actually) to keep from freezing.
There are no calories or chocolate in a chocolate lab.
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