Buttered Cat Paradox


The buttered cat paradox is a paradox based on the tongue-in-cheek combination of two adages:

Buttered cat

  1. Cats always land on their feet.
  2. Buttered toast always lands buttered side down.

The paradox arises when one considers what would happen if one attached a piece of buttered toast – with the butter side up – to the back of a cat, then dropped the cat from a large height.

Some people jokingly maintain that the experiment will produce an anti-gravity effect.

They propose that as the cat falls towards the ground, it will slow down and start to rotate, eventually reaching a steady state of hovering a short distance from the ground.

Meanwhile, the cat remains in the air rotating at a high speed as both the buttered side of the toast and the cat’s feet attempt to land on the ground.

See other: Admin’s Choice Posts

Advertisements

A Salute To Unknown Brilliance


“There are no stupid questions, there are however a lot of inquisitive idiots.”

“I would like to help you out… which way did you come in?”

“When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you can’t do.”

“Make it idiot-proof and someone will produce a better idiot.”

“Whenever your bladder is full – you go deaf.”

“These voices in my head may not be real, but they sure have some interesting ideas.”

“A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk I have a work station.”

“The greater part of being intelligent is knowing what you are dumb at.”

“There is no egg in eggplant, no apple in pineapple, no ham in hamburger or hamster. No butter in butterfly. English is hard.”

See other: A Salute To …