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While doing a little research to help out the Little One with her science project, I ran across this little gem:


If you drop a buttered piece of bread, it will fall on the floor butter-side down. If a cat is dropped from a window or other high and towering place, it will land on its feet.

But what if you attach a buttered piece of bread, butter-side up to a cat's back and toss them both out the window? Will the cat land on its feet? Or will the butter splat on the ground?

Even if you are too lazy to do the experiment yourself you should be able to deduce the obvious result. The laws of butterology demand that the butter must hit the ground, and the equally strict laws of feline aerodynamics demand that the cat can not smash its furry back. If the combined construct were to land, nature would have no way to resolve this paradox. Therefore it simply does not fall.

Date: 2007-01-08 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] made-of-paradox.livejournal.com
I've heard of using this to generate electricity....

Date: 2007-01-09 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danamongden.livejournal.com
Yes, but if the cat belongs to a man named Schrödinger... nope, gonna stop right there.

Date: 2007-01-08 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladydreamtime.livejournal.com
Hmmm, I thought that was how you could create a perpetual-motion machine, since the cat and toast would spin each other just above the ground for eternity.

Date: 2007-01-08 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pjoseph.livejournal.com
Alan Moore did a story about that as part of his Jack B. Quick series in Tomorrow Stories. You should check it out.

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