Fredrik Hjelmqvist, 45, owner of an audio shop in Stockholm, demonstrated his system of broadcasting music from his stomach.
He swallowed a plastic capsule containing a battery-operated audio set-up, then connected an amplifier to a stethoscope and held it against his belly, and began playing recorded music, including the Village People’s “YMCA,” until the battery died three hours later.
Hjelmqvist admitted that the audio quality was poor but still hopes to sell the system for the equivalent of about $17,000.
A Houston Chronicle review of “authorities” on animal “consciousness” suggested that perhaps dogs are embarrassed when their owners dress them in tacky Halloween costumes.
“Pet Psychic” maven Sonya Fitzpatrick said she was certain that some feel shame at their owners’ poor fashion sense.
But another practitioner said dogs’ reactions were probably only to their physical discomfort with the clothing itself.
A conservation organization in China’s Sichuan province routinely dresses care givers in panda suits to socialize baby pandas that have lost their mothers so that the babies do not become accustomed to humans.
However, as London’s Daily Telegraph reported, experts acknowledge that they have no idea whether the babies are fooled.
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