Kitten rescued from Tesla bumper

Matthew Cobb assiduously scans Twitter, and of course he sends me the cat ones. Here’s the rescue of a kitten stuck in a Tesla bumper, tweeted by Elon Musk. When the kitten emerges, unhurt, you won’t believe how small an animal can make that much noise!

And from our Official Website Physicist™ Sean Carroll, who with his wife Jennifer Oullette recently adopted two kittens. Reading it you’d think he’s almost embarrassed to be a Big Softy about cats. It’s OKAY, Sean!


  1. Randy schenck
    Posted June 17, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Proof that cats can go anywhere. One of our cats loves to smack that touch screen around.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted June 17, 2017 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      I read the other day the fastest production vehicle is now an electric car. The Model S P100D in Ludicrous mode does 0-60 in 2.5 sec.
      0-100 in 2.7 sec.

      • Simon Hayward
        Posted June 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

        (Reading a thesis and need to rant!! So here goes…)

        There are motorcycles that will match the 0-60 times (they are “production vehicles”)- cars end up pulling away at higher speed because of their lower drag coefficients.

        The ferrari la ferrari and Porsche 918 spyder were both quicker than the tesla (even tesla describe their vehicle as “the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced,”

        “Quickest” (acceleration) is not the same as “fastest” (top speed). The tesla is limited to 155mph top speed, the Hennessee Venom GT is 115mph faster than that, and any number of cars will top 200mph.

        I feel so much better for that! Thanks

        • Randy schenck
          Posted June 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

          Maybe you should consider not reading the thesis. Read up a bit more on the cars, not motorcycles. The Tesla model stated above is now listed at 2.28 seconds 0-60. There is nothing faster 0-60. I did not say top speed and I did not say all the things you seem to want to include. They are also working on their Roadster to make it faster. Oh, and no gas and no noise.

          • Simon Hayward
            Posted June 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

            The Porsche 918 Spyder did it in 2.2 seconds (per Road and Track) but they don’t make it anymore, so I concede the quickest current claim. The Ferrari was a sluggish 2.4.

            My real beef was the fastest/quickest usage, those being terms that normally have specific meanings attached (what you said was “fastest” implying top speed). Tesla were careful about what they said in their press release, and the non-motoring press still mangled it. However this place is cats, evolution and politics, so sorry, as I said I needed to rant at something.

            If I didn’t have to read this darned thing I could think of better things to do on a Sat afternoon. However beer time is rapidly approaching, it has stopped raining and I can see some blue in the sky 🙂

            • Randy schenck
              Posted June 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

              Just keep doing whatever floats the boat. I really have no interest in the exotic million dollar cars or 800 plus hp engines or 200 mph cars. They tend to be of little or no use to anyone but the extremely rich with a race tract in the backyard. When I want to see the best go fast cars I watch F1. However, the Tesla looks like the car of now and the future for many of us not so rich folks and that one is of great interest to me.

          • Posted June 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

            I did not say top speed
            Effectively you did. “Fastest” without any other qualification means “has the highest top speed”. You should really have said “fastest accelerating” and if you wanted to be on really safe ground, you might have acknowledged that fastest accelerating between 0 and 60 does not necessarily mean fastest accelerating between any other two speeds.

            • Posted June 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

              sorry, blew the formatting. The first line is meant to be a quote.

  2. Larry Smith
    Posted June 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    We adopted our cat Kaz after she made the trip in the engine compartment of a Volvo from Ojai to Camarillo, CA, a distance of about 40 miles! Her name derived rather indirectly from this journey: there’s a reference to a “radiator grille” in the song “Rock The Casbah” by The Clash – thus she became Casbah, shortened to Kaz!

    • Mark R.
      Posted June 17, 2017 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Cool name a kitten and a muezzin. 🙂 I used to have a d*g named Strummer…after Joe, of course.

  3. Posted June 17, 2017 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    So that’s where kittens come from!

  4. BJ
    Posted June 17, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Awww, the kitty in the second picture reminds me of my first cat! How sweet.

    Of course, we didn’t have iPads back then. Who knows what potential for brilliance he had…

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