ANNA JANE GROSSMAN

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Al Goldstein Taught Me How Good Porn Got Screwed

I called the king of 'Screw' to ask him about the end of an era, and he was, at the very least, eloquent.
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
12.20.13
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Dogs Take Selfies Too

I love myself, and I'm pretty good looking, so, naturally, I've taken some selfies in my time. But I'm not nearly as obsessed, it seems, as my dog.
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
11.22.13
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How a Disco-Loving Sea Lion Learned to Headbang

She is the first non-human mammal to be found to be able to keep a beat. Her favorite song is Earth Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland."
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
4.2.13
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Of Dogs, Drugs, Drones, and Cocaine Science Fairs

Florida v. Jardines is a case about dogs and marijuana. I know what you're thinking.
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
3.27.13
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Train Your Boyfriend Like the Animal That He Is

Learning how to train dogs hasn’t fixed all the problems in my life, but it has given me a better idea of how to properly use rewards with those around me, no matter how many legs they might walk on.
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
2.14.13
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You Too Can Teach Your Dog to Drive

Everything is upside down down under, innit? Not only does the water go down the drain in the wrong direction, but also, dogs drive.
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
12.14.12
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Cloned Dogs Loose on New York City Streets Are Making Other Dogs Look Bad

One New Yorker likes to let Cosmo and Retro, a pair of collie-Great Pyrenees mixes, roam free on sidewalks and in Central Park. Also, they're clones.
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
12.6.12
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How Girl Animals Avoid the Booty Calls of Their Absentee Dads

Humans have DNA tests and Maury. Less complex mammals have evolved other methods.
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
12.3.12
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Want to Learn New Things? Go to Sleep

Much of the animal training you see, whether it's at SeaWorld or at a puppy class, is rooted in classical conditioning, the kind of training Pavlov demonstrated when he showed that dogs can be made to salivate at the sound of a bell that repeatedly...
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
9.6.12
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America Secretly Tried to Destroy Totalitarianism With Pigeons

B.F. Skinner, the psychologist and social philosopher, had an idea about how to bring about world peace. It involved teaching pigeons to guide missiles.
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
9.6.12
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We Need to Play For the Same Reason Puppies Do

Dogs don't have the kinds of aspirations children do. I don't think they dream of going to space or digging holes to China. But they do play, just like kids. Our children's games must have evolved to help set us up to practice skills we might need...
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
8.28.12
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Romney Could've Done Worse Than Strapping a Dog Crate To His Car

On Monday night, Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, discussed a “scandal” that has been plaguing her husband’s campaign: During road trips with his family of seven in the 1980s, her husband used to habitually strap their Irish Setter, Seamus, to the car roof in...
ANNA JANE GROSSMAN
4.19.12
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