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Why are You Yawning?

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D.O. and I were talking this morning on the Y101 morning show about the study that came out saying that dogs will yawn after their owners yawn. I for one am not surprised to hear this considering I once had a dog that I really believe he was human. I think if he had walked in front of a mirror he would have gone into shock to realize he was actually a dog. So for me to read this this morning didn’t surprise me. So I challenge you dog owners today to yawn in front of your dog and see what he or she does. Should be interesting to hear the results. I have always been surprised that there hasn’t been a study (at least not to my knowledge) explaining why other people will yawn after seeing you do it. The dictionary describes a yawn as ” an open wide mouth and inhaling of breath as an involuntary reaction to fatigue or boredom”. I guess that is correct. I don’t ever recall telling myself to yawn. It just happens. But why does it happen to other people around you after they witness it. My guess is that the brain says “man, you need to do that” and so it goes. Some yawns are short and others are incredibly long. Such was my most recent yawn which occurred as I was writing this boring piece of wisdom. I’d like to think that I had something better to write today but I don’t. Guess I can blame it on my own lack of oxygen. Guess I need another big yawn.

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