Science fair!

A cool experiment from one of the 31 too-clever kids on BuzzFeed (original at Flickr). Tomorrow I’ll tell you about another cool science experiment that I did with my cat.

A few errors here, including equating the music cats like with what puts cats to sleep.  There was no “silence” control, which would have demonstrated that cats sleep no matter what’s going on.

Plus they didn’t try Yanni.

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22 Comments

  1. thompjs
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    One of my friends had some cats that loved classical and would hide when the punk rock came on. They were replaced by the other one that hated classical and hid from it and came out for some Devo.

    Cats have varied tastes

    • Dominic
      Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      Yes but which DEVO? early would be cool, but later – as with most bands – naff! (Yes I am an inverted snob).

  2. gravelinspector
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Ah, the scientific method in it all it’s vigour. Sweet!
    In other news : “never act with children or animals” rule extends it’s domain.

  3. John K.
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    If only creationists could show such rigor. It would save everyone a lot of trouble.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      :D

  4. Ron
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    My 12 year old fat cat, Sara Beth, could care less about music. And, an earthquake wouldn’t wake her up!

    • gravelinspector
      Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      A family friend was in Turkey for the 1999-08-11 total solar eclipse, and was still there for the Izmit (spelling?) earthquake about a week later. She slept through it.
      So when I heard about a (minor) earthquake (M~=2.9) last week near our home town, my first thought was “did Mary sleep through that one too?” Enquiries have been made, but no response received.

  5. Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    The only sound my cat responds to is the Temptations bag being opened.

    • eric
      Posted January 24, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      Yes, they are pretty alert for food sounds.

      My cousin had to stop eating canned tuna fish because every time his cat (who didn’t have the best temper to begin with) heard the can opener, he’d come running and then get really upset it wasn’t cat food.

  6. abrotherhoodofman
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Here is a classic.

  7. eddie
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    “Plus they didn’t try Yanni.”

    They didn’t want to get their eyes scratched out?

    • microraptor
      Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      He suggested Yanni, not Kenny G.

  8. Posted January 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    My kittehs love Chinese opera music. Me, not so much. :)

    • Chris
      Posted January 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      You should hide the CDs so they can’t play it.

      • Posted January 24, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink

        :)

        I had to submit to the aural torture for my son’s school project, many years ago. That’s how I unearthed this gem of information!

  9. Rod
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    As a science fair chair, I can say that we generally frown upon experiments involving animals, unless in a solely observational role.
    Having said that, our ethics committee would probably OK this experiment, after carefully studying the protocol. We don’y want to penalise a kid who designed and executed a good experiment.

  10. jaxkayaker
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    I hope they cited my science fair project where I compared the behavior of mice exposed to The Nutcracker Suite, Huey Lewis and the News and some now-forgotten Christian music.

  11. microraptor
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    My cat showed a fondness for Henry Mancini.

    • morkindie
      Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

      lol.

  12. Mark Joseph
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Most impressive is that the results of the study were published despite a non-statistically significant conclusion!

  13. Posted January 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    My brother practicing the violin had a fairly profound effect on the family cat. He would sit at my bro’s feet looking up, sometimes meow and try to climb his leg (that was unusual for this cat). I suspect it was more the frequencies than the melody though.

  14. MadScientist
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    “Plus they didn’t try Yanni.”

    That suggestion didn’t get past the ethics committee.


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