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Sat Dec 28, 2013, 02:11 PM

Smarter every day: Slo-mo flipping cats -- Why do cats land on their feet?

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Reply Smarter every day: Slo-mo flipping cats -- Why do cats land on their feet? (Original post)
1monster Dec 2013 OP
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2013 #1
1monster Dec 2013 #3
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2013 #4
1monster Dec 2013 #6
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2013 #8
1monster Dec 2013 #10
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2013 #11
1monster Dec 2013 #17
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2013 #18
xocet Dec 2013 #27
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2013 #28
xocet Dec 2013 #30
mahannah Dec 2013 #2
valerief Dec 2013 #5
mahannah Dec 2013 #9
Sanity Claws Dec 2013 #20
1monster Dec 2013 #7
Spitfire of ATJ Dec 2013 #15
malthaussen Dec 2013 #12
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2013 #13
tclambert Dec 2013 #21
lame54 Dec 2013 #14
meti57b Dec 2013 #16
1monster Dec 2013 #19
Hissyspit Dec 2013 #26
tclambert Dec 2013 #22
TexasBushwhacker Dec 2013 #23
Blue Owl Dec 2013 #24
ailsagirl Dec 2013 #25
KansDem Dec 2013 #29

Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 02:52 PM

1. The answer to "Why" is because it is safer than landing on their back.

The question the video actually asks is "How", at the 17 sec mark when it gets around to it. The video (and presenter) is a lot smarter than the video title.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 03:47 PM

3. Now that you've shown your superiority...

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Response to 1monster (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:13 PM

4. (on edit) OK, I get it now.

I didn't realize you wrote the thread title. I thought it was the title of the video and you had simply transcribed it. I'm sorry I disturbed you. I did not mean to post "against" you. However, the principle remains and possibly you might gain ...

I only wrote in support of stating things clearly and directly. Readers of the post who like to write might think about what is actually stated (or written) and what it actually means.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:53 PM

6. Since the English language is very flexible,

one can state things clearly and directly and effectively in many different ways.

I do not concede your point that you were more clear or direct than I was. You were simply more didactic in your approach.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 05:19 PM

8. English is flexible, but it means what it means. And there is always Pope.

"Why" is a question about purpose.

"How" is a question about means and ways.

You can write "why" when you mean "how", if you like, but it is simply clearer to write "how" when you mean "how" and it will be understood by more readers.

Some readers will pass over a video entitled "Why cats land on their feet" because they will think the answer is rather obvious (which it is). More readers will view a video entitled "How cats land on their feet" because that is a more complex question with a much less obvious answer.

But sorry you got upset when I accidentally corrected you when I thought I was correcting the video.

"A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday". Alexander Pope (1688-1744) "Thoughts on Various Subjects", 1706.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:15 PM

10. "Why do cats fall on their feet?"

"Cats fall on their feet because they are able to manipulate their upper bodies .... blah, blah, blah."

Look up didactic at dictionary.com.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:32 PM

11. That's how they are able to * choose * to fall on their feet, not * why * they choose to do so.

I know what didactic means. It means "about the science of teaching". There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you refuse to learn, then that is your choice.

"Why do cats fall on their feet? Cats fall on their feet because they are able to manipulate their upper bodies" may be acceptable English in some ways, but it still exhibits sloppy thinking, which is something writers are advised to avoid.

Why do cats fall on their feet? Cats fall on their feet because it is safer than falling on their backs.

How do cats fall on their feet? Cats are able to fall on their feet by manipulating their bodies.


P.S. As the video explains, it is not just their "upper" bodies.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 07:41 PM

17. didactic

didactic Show IPA
adjective

1. intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
4. didactics, ( used with a singular verb ) the art or science of teaching.

Interesting that you choose the least common of the meanings.

But you've already proved to me that you are just trying to be provocative. Had you really any desire to give constructive criticism, you would never have been so offensive in your posts.

P.S. I am an English teacher.

Done with you.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 07:43 PM

18. OMG, the OP is shocked that teaching is happening in their teaching thread. nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #18)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 12:08 AM

27. Here is something that you might find interesting...

Why is the instrumental of what:

HW, hw; inst. of hwt. WHY. I. in direct questions :-- Interrogativa synd xigendlce cur hw, lfc. Gr. 38; Som. 40, 58. Hw didest t quare hoc fecisti? Gen. 3, 13: Mt. Kmbl. 9, 11. Hw sceal ic fter his hyldo ewian? Cd. 15; Th. 18, 33; Gen. 282. II. in dependent clauses :-- Se wsa Augustinus smede hw se hlga cere cw-acute;de ... the wise Augustine inquired why the holy martyr said ..., Homl. Th. i. 48, 10. Eall ra Iudiscra tena rs urh t hw Drihten Crist see fter fl-acute;sce slce is mannes sunu ec swilce w-acute;re gecweden Godes sunu all the quarrel of the Jews had its origin from this, why Christ, who according to the flesh is truly the son of man, should also be called the son of God, 16. scade h elm hw hit him ryht ne uhte t we him gereaht hfden then he asked thelm why that did not seem right to him which we had arranged for him, Chart. Th. 171, 12. a ore a e -acute;r n-acute;ron urh gewrite atwdon hw h -acute;r ben ne mihton the others who were not there shewed by letter why they could not be there, Chr. 1070; Erl. 206, 6. v. hw.

http://lexicon.ff.cuni.cz/html/oe_bosworthtoller/b0578.html


How is an adverb:

H; adv. How. I. in direct questions :-- H mg man ingn on stranges hs quomodo potest quisquam intrare in domum fortis? Mt. Kmbl. 12, 29: 34. H ne synt g slran onne hig nonne vos magis plures estis illis? 6, 26: 25. H sculon wit n libban how are we to live? Cd. 38; Th. 50, 7; Gen. 805. II. in exclamations :-- H la! ne gewear unc t num peninge how now! was not our agreement for a penny? Th. An. 74, 20. H gd is ce God quam bonus

http://lexicon.ff.cuni.cz/html/oe_bosworthtoller/b0564.html


This is also interesting:

h-meta; adv. How, in what manner; quomodo :-- Hmeta eodest in quomodo intrasti? Mt. Kmbl. 22, 12, Hmeta bitst t m drincan quomodo bibere a me poscis? Jn. Skt. 4, 9. Hmeta boda h Cristes gelefan? Homl. Th. i. 388, 2. N is t bescewigenne hmeta se lmihtiga God geafa t ... now it is to be considered how it is that the almighty God permits that ..., 486, 17. s-acute;dest t ne mihte witan hmeta h his welde oe h h his welde you said that you could not see in what manner or by what means he governed it ; quibus gubernaculis mundus regatur, Bt. 35, 2; Fox 156, 25.

http://lexicon.ff.cuni.cz/html/oe_bosworthtoller/b0565.html

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Response to xocet (Reply #27)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 06:19 AM

28. Thank you. Hadn't heard of hu-meta construct, & Old English of how and why also interesting. nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #28)

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 04:26 PM

30. You're welcome. n/t

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 03:26 PM

2. Hard to believe cats enjoy this activity.

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Response to mahannah (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:49 PM

5. I go to work every weekday. I don't enjoy that either. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 05:25 PM

9. You're a cat?

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Response to mahannah (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 08:14 PM

20. He looks like a dog to me

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Response to mahannah (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:55 PM

7. I don't know if they enjoy it or not, but I was surprised by the cat's willingness

to participate after the first time. If I tried that on any of my cats, I would be requiring a trip to the Emergency Room to stitch up the rips in my skin.

I'd never even think of attempting it a second time.

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Response to mahannah (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 07:16 PM

15. Next up: Airborn cats from a hose.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:36 PM

12. Strap a piece of buttered toast to its back and run a wire...

... perpetual energy!

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:56 PM

13. Only if you put the buttered side on the outside

not against the fur.

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 10:02 PM

21. . . . and an anti-gravity device.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:57 PM

14. it's evolutions defense against asshole cat droppers

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Response to lame54 (Reply #14)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 07:24 PM

16. LOL!!!!!!!!

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Response to lame54 (Reply #14)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 07:47 PM

19. ----

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Response to lame54 (Reply #14)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 11:41 PM

26. +11

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 10:04 PM

22. Cat coughs up hairballs in "scientist's" bed in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 10:38 PM

23. Cat leaves gift in scientist's shoes n/t

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 10:42 PM

24. A little something called graviteh

n/t

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 10:51 PM

25. I understand that cats don't always land on their feet n/t

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 09:38 AM

29. If there ever was a "WTF?" expression...

...it was on the face of Gigi.

The cat at 4'53" must have thought she was next...

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