Proving that children are hilarious geniuses, 11 and 12-year-old students asked to participate in an exercise study by measuring their steps with a pedometer showed an impressive amount of physical activity‚ÄĒbecause they'd attached the pedometers to their dogs.

200 children were involved in the study, which aimed to measure how much exercise children in the area were getting. The most overweight children in study apparently weren't losing any weight, despite their high activity levels, which led researchers to question the pedometer numbers, which were being tracked via satellite. "Then we realised they were attaching the pedometers to their dogs' collars," admits Professor Nicola Maffulli. Whoops! According to the BBC, the study has been extended. And while it's important for everyone to be honest about their activity levels, you really can't help but admit that the tricky participants should at least get bonus points for creativity. [BBC] via [Neatorama]