Thursday, 29 October 2009

Quote of the Day: Some really intellectual stuff:

From "Does Anything Eat Wasps?", questions and answers from "The Last Word" column of "New Scientist" Magazine.

"Because cats always land on their feet, and toast always lands buttered side down, you can construct a perpetual motion machine by simply strapping a slice of buttered toast to a cat's back. When the cat is dropped it will remain suspended and revolve indefinitely due to the opposing forces."

Discuss.

13 comments:

LceeL said...

So? DOES anything eat wasps? Because the rest of it makes perfect sense.

Nan said...

We've seen tarantulas eating wasps. Very exciting! But not nearly as exciting as trying to strap a piece of buttered toast to the back of a cat.

Anonymous said...

now all you need to do is add a dachshund to the mix and presto... forward propulsion for rotating catraption.

:)

vicki

Cheffie-Mom said...

My brain hurts!! LOL!!

Nan said...

HA! Yes Vicki, but will animal rights activists go for it?

i am the diva said...

still no hat?!

i'm starting to worry...

Anonymous said...

But it is a cow's right to be liberal and share it's by-products...and it is a dachshund's right to practise it's hunting prowness...and it is a cat's right to choose not be eaten and wear whatever it likes.
If that's not animal rights I don't know what is.

vicki

Anonymous said...

hmmm... but would you catagorise this new apparatus; involving the manipulation of cow, cat and dachshund, under kinetic energy or potential energy? It is after all in motion by virtue of the involved bodies positions relative to each other as well as stresses within the said bodies due to these said positions...

vicki

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Whoa. I'm kind of overwhelmed by that.

HalfAsstic.com said...

I've actually done this. Eventually the spinning cat gets sick and throws up. Not a "clean" an experiment as you'd think... ;-)

Candygirlflies said...

KER-BLLLAAAAMMMM!!!!

(that was the sound of my head exploding, just in case you're wondering.)

xoxoxo CGF

Nan said...

The vomiting cat would provide SOME sort of propulsion, as would the dachshund. It could still be kinetic energy, but the potential for disaster is greater with each added variable. If the cat/toast measure 47 RPM (give or take) with a sideways vomit motion and forward dachshund action.... No, I DON'T think PETA will go for this as a form of perpetual energy. Alas. It could have saved the world.

Is cat vomit "Cleaner" waste than Carbon 14?

Islandgirl said...

think the vomit will hit the toast in mid spin?