Latest comment: 1 month ago by Arlo Barnes in topic Recess: School's Out

funny but false edit

"The people of Lithgow Province, in Central Bavaria, believe that animal dander, if sprinkled over a meal directly before consumption, brings good luck. In the past, it was not unheard of for regional public houses to offer a small jar containing pet dander to patrons as a condiment, although the practice is less common today, largely because the scales and feathers spread disease.[2]"

The link given with the Dander article named "Bavarian Folk Cuisine" [2] is, in fact, a link to a German language government document concerning local politics in Munich, Bavaria. There is no mention of food or dander in the document. Also, brief research on the area of Bavaria suggests that there is no such place as Lithgow Province. (talk) 14:37, 7 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

It very much looks like you are right. The link does lead to a document with official comunication of the city council of munich and no mention of any cuisine or even dander. I live in Bavaria and I'm quite sure there is no "Lithgow Provice". Certianly not in german, and google did not show any results with a possible english translation of a german name (line in München -> Munich). Removed the entire paragraph as it was added in a single edit ( -- (talk) 02:14, 22 March 2010 (UTC)Reply

Similar to plant pollen edit

Erk, what if anything can be shed from an animal that is similar to plant pollen? (talk) 10:42, 16 June 2010 (UTC)Reply

Well given that plant pollen is basically the equivelant to sperm in animals, no, there is nothing of the likes that is shed from animals. (talk) 08:55, 2 July 2010 (UTC)Reply

Contradiction with Wiktionary edit

Wiktionary describes dander as originating from mammals, whereas this article mentions shed feather particles. Is there another word for non-mammalian epidermal debris? (talk) 08:55, 2 July 2010 (UTC)Reply

Cat Dander edit

"Cat dander" is actually a specific protein in their saliva. The saliva dries and the protein becomes dust that some humans are allergic to. Some cats are born without that protein in their saliva and there have been attempts to breed for that trait to produce hypoallergenic pets. (talk) 18:55, 4 October 2010 (UTC)TomReply

Interesting, though a saliva protein cannot be dander, which may be why the linked page has been pulled. Could it be that cat fur or dander gets bad press for allergies actually caused by their saliva? I investigated a bit and there is an article on the protein Fel d 1 from which I conjecture that the dander is indeed the vehicle for the allergen, as cats leave saliva on their skin continually when cleaning, and the protein is also produced in sebaceous glands and (says the article) in the skin, though that may just be a duplication of the sebaceous glands.--Alkhowarizmi (talk) 10:12, 30 December 2019 (UTC)Reply

Dog Allergy edit

Why is there a see also to Dog Allergy? This Wiki topic is on dogs' allergies, not allergies to dogs umlike the Wiki topic Cat Allergy, which is about allergies to cats.Rebecca (talk) 07:28, 30 January 2012 (UTC)Reply

Broken Link edit

The external link to the Discovery Channel article has broken: now redirects this link to an index page of unrelated content.

The Internet Archive ( shows that as of 2012, was actively redirecting the first link to

which is where a verbatim copy of the page can be found today.

As I am unfamiliar with the current Wikipedia procedure for correcting broken links, I'll leave this for an expert.

-- (talk) 03:10, 12 November 2015 (UTC)Reply

Etymology edit

"An older etymology has it that dander is a dialect synonym of dandruff, possibly from Yorkshire in England." Older than what? I presume the article had some (spurious?) etymology that has been edited out. Wiktionary has dandruff for the origin.--Alkhowarizmi (talk) 10:12, 30 December 2019 (UTC)Reply

Recess: School's Out edit

has a line "airmole? dander.". It doesn't make much sense in context. Arlo James Barnes 09:12, 19 March 2024 (UTC)Reply