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Friday, November 12, 2010

cat tongues in the nyt

Alert and fabulous friend of the Museum Monica C. sent me a link to a New York Times article, published yesterday, in which it is explained "Cats Lap With Just Tip of the Tongue."

You see, unlike dogs - "The dog is thrusting its tongue into the water, forming a crude cup with it and hauling the liquid back into the muzzle," the article points out with some nicely loaded wording - cats do this supernifty trick in which they just touch the surface with the tip of their tongues and then whip that tongue right back up, bringing a column of drink back up with it, and then snapping their jaws shut just before the liquid falls back. The researchers borrowed a robot to test this, but it all started with a kitty called Cutta Cutta, whose photo is part of the story. There's a video too.

Go check it out and I dare you to try it with YOUR tongue (tip: you will fail).


Katnip Lounge said...

Given my opinion of engineers (low) I'm suprised it ONLY took four of them to figure this out!
heh heh.

Anita said...

We cats are the best! Muahahahaha! ;)

Nice Sunday.