Embed This Infographic:
[Source: Today I Found Out]
Expand for References and more Information
I saw a segment on Discovery channel investigating whether big cats (lions, tigers, etc.) would respond to catnip & would they use a litterbox just like domesticated housecats. Seeing giant tigers wig-out on catnip was hilarious!
Love the cat facts, but have an issue with the first one.
Acoustic kitty did not fail because it was squished by a cab the first time it was sent out. This is a great story spread by the web, but is an Urban Myth given legs by constant repetition. Acoustic kitty failed for the obvious reason – cats are not dogs, and do as they please when released, generally finding somewhere cosy to curl up and sleep for most of the day.
Although it is about a year since I chanced upon the story, an ex-CIA boss related to the work was interviewed (and named) by a site – I think it was The Smithsonian, but it was too long ago, and I failed to bookmark it – and noted that the cab story was fun, but the reality was that acoustic kitty was a cancelled when they found the cat just did what it wanted, and not what they wanted. They surgically recovered their listening gear from the cat, which went back to its normal life, and that was the end of the project.
I’m sorry I didn’t note the link back then, but I’m sure it can be found (even if I am wrong about the Smithsonian connection – it was that or a similar reputable site that records such historic items.)
Click here to cancel reply.
Notify me of followup comments via e-mail
Copyright © 2012 - Vacca Foeda Media