Quiz: How do bomb-sniffing dogs work?
Your dog can roll over? Well, ours can sniff out a kilo of C-4. Take the bomb-sniffing dog quiz, and see if your score gets you a treat or the rolled-up newspaper.
A dog's nose has 20 to 40 times more of these than a human's does:
- Odor receptors -- the better to smell you with, my dear.
- Nose hairs -- so don't complain when you have to trim yours.
- Sweat glands -- that's why a dog's nose is wet.
What does a trained dog do when it smells a bomb?
- Disarm the bomb. Go, Lassie!
Why does the military train bomb dogs to run back to their handlers when they smell a bomb?
- The dogs need exercise.
- Running away protects the dogs.
- Who trains them? They think they're playing fetch.
Which animal is especially useful for sniffing out land mines?
Which breed of dog is often used for bomb-sniffing?
- Dalmation -- Disney didn't breed 101 of them for nothing.
- Border collie -- no one beats Lassie.
- German shepherd -- have you seen the size of the nose on this one?
Could a bomb-sniffing dog find a logic bomb?
- Yes, just like it can find other explosives.
- No, dogs aren't intelligent enough.
- No, these bombs can't be smelled.
Dogs help humans by sniffing out more than just bombs. In medicine, researchers have explored dogs' ability to sniff out:
- which twin is which
You couldn't hide gunpowder from a well-trained canine. The Chinese discovered gunpowder, a common ingredient in explosives, accidentally while trying to make:
- an immortality elixir
No dog would find the first manufacturing plant for nitroglycerin, an ingredient in early forms of dynamite. Why not?
- It blew up.
- It was underground.
- It was later revamped as an explosive theme park. Fun for the whole family!
A dog would NOT smell which of the following in a bomb?
When bomb-dogs in the Air Force sit next to helicopters, what do they wear to protect their eyes from stirred-up sand or dust?
- a bandanna
- Nothing -- dogs only sport eyewear when owners dress them in bad Halloween costumes.
Some bomb-sniffing dogs are trained to smell wiring found in bombs. What wireless device can be used to set off a bomb remotely?
- TV remote control
- car radio
What is a blasting cap?
- a bullet fired out of a gun
- a hat resistant to cold blasts of wind
- a device that causes material to explode by hitting it with pressure waves
A dirty bomb contains:
- radioactive material
No bomb-sniffing dog captured the Unabomber. So, which mammal led the FBI to the infamous criminal?
- an anonymous caller
- He turned himself in.
- his brother
Most bomb-sniffing dogs we know aren't on the lookout for yarn bombs. What's yarn bombing?
- throwing a ball of yarn at someone
- dropping balls of yarn out of a plane
- knitting or crocheting over a public structure
Based on the name, a hungry bomb-sniffing dog might like to detect a bread-crust bomb. What is one?
- a bomb made of stale bread
- a type of pizza
- something that flies out of a volcano
Which Iraqi city did NOT undergo car bombings during the Iraq War?
- Both cities underwent car bombings.
Which was NOT found in the homemade car bomb that Faisal Shahzad planted in Times Square in 2010?
- alarm clocks
PETN has been used in terrorist plots to destroy planes and assassinate officials. PETN stands for:
- panic, even this nanosecond
- pentaerythritol tetranitrate
- pretty explosive type of nitrogen
Despite its powerful explosion, PETN has failed in terrorist plots because:
- It glows in the dark.
- It is hard to detonate.
- It's detectable by metal detectors.