Sunday, February 24, 2013

In Honor of National Engineers' Week

Frequently heard around our home is the saying, "a physicist's job is to ask 'WHY', but an engineer's job is to ask 'HOW'."  We present to you Da Boyz - as kittens - demonstrating that cats have that one quality inherent in every good engineer:
 Curiosity, and a desire to figure out how things work.

[Notice the boys work at it, until "HOW" is figured out.]



To this day, Maxwell will periodically jump up onto the bookcase where the Newton's Cradle is stored...and the "clack-clack-clack" of balls being struck is heard throughout the house as he starts it up again.

Brilliant. (Not that we're prejudiced or anything. Nope. Not one bit.)

Happy National Engineer's Week!


35 comments:

  1. Clever kitties that was well funny. Have a super clack clack Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. You guys are too smart. Careful, your humans might want you to get jobs as an Engineer and support them!!

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  3. You let us know when they start deriving equations for periodic movement, cos we'll know the Cat Takeover has begun!

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    1. Allie just overheard Maxwell muttering about elastic collisions, exchange velocities and conservation of kinetic energy. She wants to know if she should start worrying...?

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  4. Bravo! Maxwell and Faraday are BRILLIANT! And we think Allie is brilliant, too ... just indifferent in this case (hey, a girl's gotta have priorities, right?). :)

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  5. too cute......

    Our grandpa is an engineer and sometimes mom just rolls her eyes and sighs at him :)

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    1. Allie: *giggle!* And we girls are surrounded by them over here!

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  6. That's just great! And that Maxwell still *plays* with it today. :)

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  7. You should really get a PINK one for Allie!

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  8. That was fantastic, we have one of those..bet Alfie just looks at it, gonna give it a go :) You are such clever kitties xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  9. Austin: Errr I have basic issues with Newtons law of gravitation! He didn't take into account the maggot in the apple! Bet you guys never thought of that, huh?
    Staff: That's a bit rich coming from someone who couldn't even get to grips with Fermat's first theorem !!!

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    1. Maxwell: *horrified look* There was a maggot in the apple? *runs to chalkboard* The average mass of a maggot...

      FaRADaY: *waves paws madly* WAAAAAAIT. Daddy sez a feather & a brick'll land at the same time. So it doesn't MATTER Maxie!

      Allie: You two aren't reaaaally having this conversation, are you? oh, my head hurts...*puts pink paw on forehead*

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  10. Absolutely brilliat feat of engineering expertise for Maxwell & Faraday to have discovered what makes the balls clack!

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  11. Oh,that looks like a fun toy! My human remembers those from when she was a kid.

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  12. Where do I get my paws on a GIANT one of those. You know, big enough that I can take out a certain orange kitten???

    I have to agree with Allie though. Unless I'm using it for tactical assault purposes, I'm not interested in a plain black one. I must have pink.

    ; ) Katie

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    1. Allie: Hrm, tactical assault purposes.... I think I might give that contraption a second look...

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  13. Definitely smarter than your average kitties, and we think all kitties are super intelligent. Since only Giulietta likes the iPad and we are all fighting over the fling-ama-string, we think we'll ask our mom for one of those nifty toys. Purrs and hugs, the kitties at www.thecatonmyhead.com, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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    1. FaRAdaY: Of course OUR momy has never bought US a fling-a-ma-string, so we wouldn't know...WOULD WE Mommy?!? *Accusing Look*

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  14. OH WOW! What if there was a HUGE version of that hung from the ceiling? It might keep going for a day until the Beins started it again... We could paw at it FOREVER!

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  15. Those are some pretty smart kitties. We wondered if anyone ever said, "curiosity killed the engineer"?

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    1. MOL! Oh wait, mom's getting a worried look on her face...

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  16. Hey! Wes usded to has one of those!!! Me used to loves to play with it, especially in the middle of the night....me wonders where it is!
    Kisses
    Nellie
    PS - the Mom here, she saw those guys playing with it the video and tried to whap it!

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  17. Go to the head of the class! Heh heh.

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  18. You were already brilliant as kittens, guys! WOW!
    Purrs

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  19. Clever boys! LP's father was an engineer and her brother is an engineer too (nuclear).


    the critters in the cottage xo

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    1. LP, really? One of our dad's degrees is in nuclear engineering!

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  20. totally brilliant, and I am sure it makes you smile every time.

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  21. well, of course we all know Maxwell is brilliant! And Allie is totally intuitively intelligent...and of course, Faraday, well...ummmm...errrrrr...he is like, well, THERE!!! paw pats!!! Savannah

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  22. Oh that is such a darling video! Kitties you are so cute! Brought us smiles, thanks!

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