Ha! So my promise of blogging for the New Year lasted a while didn’t it.
I feel compelled today, however. I was a bit bored at work today (for oh so many reasons) and in a particularly bad mood, when a Boing Boing post pointed me to these classics which kept me amused for quite some time.
Popular Science magazine and Google have teamed together to put the magazine’s 137-year archive online, for free. You can only search the keyword right now.
Of course, my first keyword search was CATS. And this was one gem of an article I found amongst the various pieces on catamarans (left). It’s from January 1939. It helpfully explains, with the use of a sophisticated cardboard model, why cats always land on their feet.
I also uncovered this throughly controversial piece (below) debating the claim that dogs are smarter than cats (from p56 of May 1930 issue).
It claims cats have possibly not had a “fair show” in scientific experiments done thus far, and that this is about to change with some groundbreaking experimental work:
Because the dog is a gregarious, sociable animal that loves its master, is eager to please him, and is fond of praise, it is much easier for it to demonstrate its intelligence than it is for the cat. Solitary by nature and habit, indifferent to its master’s attitude and praise, the cat is difficult to “draw out”.
Indeed. Highly scientific analysis. It goes on. Great stuff.
I can’t help but read these pieces out loud in an old school BBC newsreader’s voice.
Do also check out some classics from 1996 on INTERNET TV.