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Where would we be without science?

According to New Scientist, they have finally worked out how cats purr.

It makes sense that the larger the animal, the longer the larynx, the deeper the sounds an animal can make. So how does a little teeny dude like a cat make such a low rumble?

They dissected eight cats (which had been put down due to illness, they swiftly explained lest the internet come down on them like a ton of geeks), blew air through their larynxes and it made a farty sound. This they traced to some flappy cartilege in the windpipe. I may have taken liberties with the language.

So there you have it.

Having solved this important scientific problem, they turned their attention to why do cats like to sit in boxes? No, really.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 3, 2023, 7:50 pm

The second article without the paywall.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 3, 2023, 10:04 pm

Sorry to swerve off topic, but I wanted Uncle Badger to see this headline: https://redstate.com/wardclark/2023/10/03/north-sea-oil-project-approved-greta-doom-pixie-thunberg-angered-n2164643

Remember when you—Uncle B—called Greta Thunberg a doom pixie? I thought it was the perfect description, and I also said I was stealing it. Which I did, and used whenever I could. So today … This 🙂

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 3, 2023, 11:23 pm

@Deborah HH — Your heart’s in the right place but your memory is just a tiny bit off. I was so taken by Uncle Badger’s epithet that I bookmarked that comment thread:

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 30, 2019, 11:46 am

He called her the Swedish Doom Goblin.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 4, 2023, 2:11 am

Thank you Uncle Al, for the correction with link. That was a fun thread, wasn’t it. 🙂

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 4, 2023, 2:43 am

@Deborah, maybe once a month I search here for something I vaguely remember and usually find myself reading through years-old, sometimes decade-plus-old threads chuckling to myself for an hour or more. Great stuff here!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 4, 2023, 11:42 am

Thanks, Deborah. Pixie, Goblin – some malevolent little dwarfish entity that plagues humanity, either way!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 4, 2023, 6:25 pm

Here’s one for the little troll.


Ya know she’s probably receiving funding from the bastards of the WEF.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: October 4, 2023, 7:13 pm

“But the cat came back, the very next day.
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner but the cat came back.
He just couldn’t stay away!”

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