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    Buttered Cat Paradox

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by The Freshmaker, Feb 9, 2007.

    A fun little thought experiment. Here, we assume two things:

    1.) A cat always lands on its feet.
    2.) Toast always lands butter-side down.

    If one was to attach a piece of buttered toast to the back of a cat and drop it from a high place, assuming both of the above premises, what would happen?

    Discuss.
     
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    Well........assuming the toast is taped butter side up.... the cat and toast would land side ways spreading out the force of each rule.....and if that wouldn't happen..... A total nuclear combustion of their protons would take affect and the earth would be at its end..... pretty scary
     
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    I've seen this premise a billion times over in comic strips.
    Here's the general consensus: You throw to cat off of a tall object, and then the butter flips upside down to land on the ground, and then the cat flips back down, and they stay hovering, spinning so fast that they enact the Bernoulli principle and stay in the air.
     
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    I'm fairly sure I'm afraid that the cat would land on its feet as it has the greater power, reactions, muscle groups etc, the toast, which ever side up, would remain atop the cat. Until ripped off and the buttery side licked clean by said cat of course.
     
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    Well it's obvious: the cat would land on another piece of buttered toast and Rover would have pussy sandwich! ;) :D
     
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    I think Robgannon is on to something, but what if you got a really big toast and a really small cat? If the mass of the toast was larger than the mass of the cat then I think the cat would be S.O.L.
     
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    Heard this before - where have all the original ideas gone? Where do they live? Did they sell out, or did we? Is this all we've got to get us through the day, or do you have something else to say?
     

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