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20 May 2010 / Liz Johns

The Cat-Toast Experiment In Pictures

I don’t normally promote experimentation on animals but I’m going to make an exception just this once. Presented here is the Cat Toast Experiment. With pictures.

The Dilemma.

Everyone knows that cats always land on their feet and everyone also knows that toast always lands butter-side down. Now, this leads to an interesting thought. If those two facts are always true, what would happen if a piece of buttered toast was attached to the back of a cat with butter-side facing up, and the cat ‘encouraged’ to jump from a large height?

Will the cat land on its feet causing the toast to land butter-side up? Or will the toast land butter-side down causing the cat to land on its back?

Experiment Set Up.

I have documented this experiment in photographs: Cat with buttered toast attached to its back (x2), Cat preparing to jump and Piece of toast.

Experiment Results.

Okay, you got me. I didn’t go through with the experiment. Pushing a cat from a large height is not something I could do, so hence the Cat-Toast Dilemma remains unanswered. Previous research has similarly investigated this dilemma with the proposition that the cat/toast would fall into perpetual motion as the butter-side of the toast and the cat’s paws would create opposing motion. As yet, no definite results are recorded, further research is needed.

By the way, no cats were harmed in the making of this post and the cat was allowed to lick the butter off the toast.



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  1. logangrey20 / Dec 17 2010 9:20 am

    Thank you for amusing me and my office mates at work!


  2. Liz Johns / Dec 17 2010 11:13 am

    No probs. It amused me taking the photos. Cat found it a bit humiliating I think. 🙂


  3. Armadilloes / Dec 18 2010 8:06 am

    OMG o love this2



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