Scientific Question

#1
Its generally accepted that toast always lands buttered side down - also a cat always lands on its feett - what i want to know is what happens when you drop a cat with a piece of toast (butter side up) bodge taped to its back ?????
 

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#2
You get perpetual motion
 
#4
Fooking hell OSACIN, is that the best you can come up with?

Here's a scientific answer: toast usually lands butter side down because it usually falls from table height and only has sufficient time to flip over once (due to amount of drag caused by the size and shape of the bread) before it hits the ground. Cats land feet down for their own self-preservation - they know if they land on their head or back it's going to hurt. Experiments have been done where different shapes of toast are dropped from different heights and they don't always land butter side down.

Another 'interesting' dilemma: If 'once you pop you can't stop' with a box of Pringles, why do they come in a resealable tube?
 
#5
Hmmmm added to that I have always wondered why they bothered using sterile/new needles for lethal injections.....
 
#6
OSACIN said:
Its generally accepted that toast always lands buttered side down - also a cat always lands on its feett - what i want to know is what happens when you drop a cat with a piece of toast (butter side up) bodge taped to its back ?????
Another version of the same situation.

What if you got two cats and strapped them back to back and then dropped them?

You could then place these two cats in Mr Schroedingers box and you would have an immortal perpetual motion machine.

Now if we could find a way to harness the energy produced we could be onto a winner..
 
#7
Ahhh, but each cat would be in the act of obserrving the other whilst in Mr Shroeagfretdser's box and thusly, nowt would happen, according to his theory anyway....
 
#8
Imagine cat powered Challys!

Now that would be a noise to make your bowels move.
 
#9
Battsimm said:
Ahhh, but each cat would be in the act of obserrving the other whilst in Mr Shroeagfretdser's box and thusly, nowt would happen, according to his theory anyway....
Shite never thought of that.

What if you named your cat "Toast" and then buttered the cat?
 
#10
What?, then put it in the box?............
 
#11
Yeah.

Butter the back of the cat then drop into the box and then close the box.

The result should be an immortal perpetually spinning cat.

Must be a way to attach some form of power transfer and then free power for ever more.
 
#13
Jimbleep said:
Steven said:
free power for ever more.
Until the cat dies.... ;)
Google "Schroedingers cat" for reasons why this will never happen
 
#14
Battsimm said:
Ahhh, but each cat would be in the act of obserrving the other whilst in Mr Shroeagfretdser's box and thusly, nowt would happen, according to his theory anyway....
you're so wrong it hurts.


<... ahem...> Boffin mode, on

It's in Heidlebergs box that 2 cats observing each other will cancel the other out. Two cats in Schrodingers box means that you decrease the chances of a box full of dead cat by 50%, and thus you have discovered a new way of preserving life. Good on yer!

If we stuck the cat (with toast and butter ensemble) in a bernoullis box it would probably hover butter side down.

... but all this is pure conjecture. We need empirical evidence!!!

Incidentally - shall we all write an official grant proposal and submit it to the EPSRC?

Boffin mode, off
 
#15
No, No, Jimbleep, you misunderstand, the cat is in fact immortal as it can exist in a quantum state until it is 'observed'.....

Some form of barbed rod up it's ricker may be the answer to power distribution problems?...........

Edited to bow to the Shrew's supiorior wisdom, my hat is off to you sah!
 
#16
Ahh very illuminating... I found this poem too:

Schrödinger's cat's a mystery cat, he illustrates the laws;
The complicated things he does have no apparent cause;
He baffles the determinist, and drives him to despair
For when they try to pin him down--the quantum cat's not there!

Schrödinger's cat's a mystery cat, he's given to random decisions;
His mass is slightly altered by a cloud of virtual kittens;
The vacuum fluctuations print his traces in the air
But if you try to find him, the quantum cat's not there!

Schrödinger's cat's a mystery cat, he's very small and light,
And if you try to pen him in, he tunnels out of sight;
So when the cruel scientist confined him in a box
With poison-capsules, triggered by bizarre atomic clocks,
He wasn't alive, he wasn't dead, or half of each; I swear
That when they fixed his eigenstate--he simply wasn't there!

Perhaps we could take the energy readings and apply Zeno's paradox too?
 
#19
Ok to get back on to topic.

I can see a couple of possible problems with the buttered cat in a box idea.

How fast would the buttered cat spin? Theoretically there is no limit to the speed but the friction of the cat hair against the air could cause a massive explosion. Or at the very least a very bad smell of singed cat hair.

More thought required..
 
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#20
OSACIN said:
Its generally accepted that toast always lands buttered side down - also a cat always lands on its feett - what i want to know is what happens when you drop a cat with a piece of toast (butter side up) bodge taped to its back ?????
I'm glad you asked mate. I've been lying awake at night worrying about that for years.
 

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