Of Dogs and Other Marvels

& A sampler of historical vignettes from two of Ricky Jay's publications, Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women and Jay's Journal of Anomalies:

CLEVER DOG. A highly manicured poodle, ((Munito)) was introduced into a circle of ((numbered)) pasteboards. With his teeth Munito picked up the correct cards to solve problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. For inquiries in . . . geography, botany and natural history, he selected appropriate alphabet cards. He could identify colors . . . and was adept at dominoes . . . The most logical explanation . . . was Munito's exceptional sense of sound, not smell...

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