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June 2, 2012 5:46 PM   Subscribe

Catcopter. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their helicopters, or why.
posted by CautionToTheWind (98 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
I have to admit, when the Airwolf theme started playing, I laughed.
posted by nushustu at 5:50 PM on June 2, 2012 [10 favorites]


Huh, German newsreaders wear much less makeup then thier US equivalents.
posted by The Whelk at 5:51 PM on June 2, 2012


Dutch I think.
posted by Ron Thanagar at 5:51 PM on June 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


Is there an example of a more undignified use of taxidermy out there? Because I'm drawing a blank.

I'm guessing the cat, were it in a position to care, would absolutely hate this.
posted by figurant at 5:52 PM on June 2, 2012 [9 favorites]


And I guess that makes 36 Lifechanging Ways To Use Everyday Objects...
posted by Ron Thanagar at 5:52 PM on June 2, 2012 [21 favorites]


Damn Dutch, it's like you got English and German drunk and threw them down a hill.
posted by The Whelk at 5:53 PM on June 2, 2012 [48 favorites]


More like the helicopter wedged into the cat, amirite?

While this was kind of funny, I was mostly sorry for the cat. And the cows. Who's going to believe them back at the barn?
posted by snuffleupagus at 5:54 PM on June 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Poor cat.
posted by pracowity at 5:55 PM on June 2, 2012 [4 favorites]


This makes me really sad. I already used my dead cat to make a remote controlled car. There's always grandpa, i suppose.
posted by orme at 5:55 PM on June 2, 2012 [35 favorites]


While initially horrified, now I really really really want to see that thing chase some birds around.
posted by Ron Thanagar at 5:56 PM on June 2, 2012 [22 favorites]


This is going to lead to some really interesting folklore among the birds.
posted by The Whelk at 5:58 PM on June 2, 2012 [8 favorites]


I liked how the cows are all "Intensely curious....intensely curious...intenslyOH SHIT! RUN!" Cows have a very clearly defined sense of personal space.
posted by Diablevert at 5:58 PM on June 2, 2012 [8 favorites]


ik ben uitgevreaked bij dat kat.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:00 PM on June 2, 2012 [10 favorites]


Even now, decades later, whenever I'm about to do something completely badass the Airwolf music starts playing in my head.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 6:01 PM on June 2, 2012 [8 favorites]


So it's a flying cat meme?
posted by Prudentia at 6:01 PM on June 2, 2012


Is there an example of a more undignified use of taxidermy out there?

Waaa...? This rogue taxidermy (who knew there's a word for this) might be the best taxidermy EVER.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:02 PM on June 2, 2012


If this becomes a thing, we got in at 4k views.
posted by CautionToTheWind at 6:02 PM on June 2, 2012


Even now, decades later, whenever I'm about to do something completely badass the Airwolf music starts playing in my head.

Airwolf.
posted by snuffleupagus at 6:02 PM on June 2, 2012


Oops. Airwolf.
posted by snuffleupagus at 6:04 PM on June 2, 2012 [4 favorites]


posted by CautionToTheWind

More like "CatIntoTheWind," amirite?
posted by evidenceofabsence at 6:04 PM on June 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


I still prefer the Theremin Badger.
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:05 PM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


utter html fail, sorry.
posted by snuffleupagus at 6:06 PM on June 2, 2012


That's right, birds, Live in fear.
posted by Artw at 6:08 PM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Another great moment in Feline-Airwolf relations:
I have Airwolf. This is not code language. I am flying Airwolf because I own Airwolf. Nothing else I could say would make more sense given what I own and what I am doing at this moment.- R. Smuckles
posted by The White Hat at 6:10 PM on June 2, 2012 [7 favorites]


Is there an example of a more undignified use of taxidermy out there?

Well, you could always run a copter sim to prepare for tricks using your Compubeaver and it's pal text-o-possum. You'll need a mouse to use with the beaver, and a squirrel flask to sip from when your catcopter simulation makes you thirsty.
posted by sysinfo at 6:14 PM on June 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


As long as they didn't declaw it, I'm OK with this.
posted by HuronBob at 6:15 PM on June 2, 2012 [6 favorites]


The Dutch: innovative leaders in cow-harassment technology since 1742.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 6:15 PM on June 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


This is just a prototype. Pink Floyd has got five of the pig model on layaway.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:17 PM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, and if you're looking for something stronger than your typical squirrel flask fare, maybe you can scare up a bottle of BrewDog's End of History beers.
posted by sysinfo at 6:18 PM on June 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


I don't speak much Dutch/German, but I do believe the beginning of that interview was roughly,

Reporter: "This is your cat?"
Friend of Orville: "Yes, this is my cat."
Reporter: "Well, it was your cat."
Friend of Orville: "Yes, this was my cat."
posted by maryr at 6:19 PM on June 2, 2012 [7 favorites]


Anyway, it'll be less creepy once they put servos in the eyelids.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:20 PM on June 2, 2012 [6 favorites]


BTW, that BrewDog link... besides the squirrel, is that a stout in a stoat? Because if it isn't, CLEARLY it should be.
posted by maryr at 6:20 PM on June 2, 2012


One of the things I like about my cats is that they don't have air superiority. Until now.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 6:25 PM on June 2, 2012 [10 favorites]


So this is how to get your cat to obey commands...
posted by fzx101 at 6:29 PM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


maryr - I'm afraid it's only a Belgian Strong Ale. I'm sure they tried, but it was all for nowt to put stout in a stoat coat.
posted by sysinfo at 6:37 PM on June 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is there an example of a more undignified use of taxidermy out there? Because I'm drawing a blank.

Daniel Ortega of the Sandanistas gave Kim Il Sung a taxidermied alligator, posed standing up on it's hind tail and grinning, with it's little runty front arms holding a tray of drinks. It is proudly and prominently exhibited in the International Friendship Exhibition Hall (It's the second and third image in the link.) The sad thing is they're not even nice glasses that this once-proud apex predator died to hold.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 6:44 PM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


If those eyes don't shoot laser beams, then this will be one real opportunity wasted.
posted by bicyclefish at 6:49 PM on June 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is there an example of a more undignified use of taxidermy out there? Because I'm drawing a blank.

Yes. Yes there is.
posted by fzx101 at 6:51 PM on June 2, 2012 [7 favorites]


Humph. mr. oneear just declined my offer to make a catcopter when one of our current cats dies. I should have about a decade to change his mind though.
posted by oneear at 6:54 PM on June 2, 2012


If those eyes don't shoot laser beams, then this will be one real opportunity wasted.

Simply mounting a machine gun would be enough to restore feline pride, I would think.
posted by Forktine at 6:58 PM on June 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


Teasing a dead cat with a laser pointer after death seems awfully cruel.
posted by maryr at 7:02 PM on June 2, 2012


I do not like this new development in hovercat technology.
posted by drlith at 7:06 PM on June 2, 2012


In other news, the mice have accelerated their Death Star program.
posted by arcticseal at 7:08 PM on June 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


From the description on this video of his first flight:
The Orvillecopter, half cat, half machine. Named after the famous aviator Orville Wright. He was killed by a car. After that he received his propellers posthumously. This is Orvillecopter's first test flight, Soon to be flying with the birds. Oh how he loved birds. He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday. So this hopping will soon change into steady flight. For the catlovers: it is a tanned hide, just like the shoes you're wearing. For the RC lovers: it's a Lotus T580 (still)
posted by Forktine at 7:08 PM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Orvillecopter, half cat, half machine. Named after the famous aviator Orville Wright. He was killed by a car.

WE CAN REBUILD HIM. WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY.
posted by graventy at 7:13 PM on June 2, 2012 [4 favorites]


aw fuck you TAB key.
posted by graventy at 7:14 PM on June 2, 2012


Think of the possibilities. I could fly that cat practically anywhere to watch you masturbate.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 7:26 PM on June 2, 2012 [12 favorites]


Damn Dutch, it's like you got English and German drunk and threw them down a hill.

During the year I spent in Holland, sitting around in public was less like being in a foreign country, and more like what I'd imagine experiencing aphasia to be like. It was also easy to imagine made-up meanings for overheard conversation.
posted by StickyCarpet at 7:27 PM on June 2, 2012 [21 favorites]


Wouldn't Airwolf be more apropriate for a stuffed dog?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 7:28 PM on June 2, 2012


I don't speak Dutch either. But I think I understand every important word in this news piece.
posted by chemoboy at 7:32 PM on June 2, 2012


StickyCarpet: "It was also easy to imagine made-up meanings for overheard conversation."

It would perhaps surprise you to know that you were... Right. Every. Time.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 7:37 PM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Needs a 'Hello Helicopter' tag?
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 7:39 PM on June 2, 2012


This is from a broadcast of the amusingly named upstart Dutch TV network PowNed (pronounced, p0wned and yes, that is deliberate). They're notorious for, among other things, pranking politicians by asking them their opinion of non-existent terrorists (which led to the resignation of the politician in question when he claimed that he "knew all about the terrorist Jablablabla").
posted by atrazine at 7:45 PM on June 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


That's... really special....
posted by ph00dz at 7:48 PM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh my god I thought that was a live cat stretched out with propellers attached to it's legs until they opened up the control panel on its back. Terrifying.
posted by no regrets, coyote at 8:43 PM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Is there an example of a more undignified use of taxidermy out there?
I would say this lion is up there.

And some of these creative taxidermy ones too. Although that punkrock squirel head would look good in my cube.
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 9:56 PM on June 2, 2012


Skipping through with the sound off; utter horror at sickening animal cruelty eventually replaced with relative relief at mere bizarre taxidermy. Thumbs up/thumbs down don't really address the scope of my feelings about this video.
posted by nanojath at 10:30 PM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


My cat just flew it from the Netherlands, and boy are its legs tired!

(Also, it's dead and stuffed with electronics)
posted by dirigibleman at 10:34 PM on June 2, 2012 [9 favorites]


I can imagine someone, out over the horizon a ways, leaning over the railing on their balcony and squinting in the lowering afternoon sun. [DUTCH] Honey, get the camera. I think the invasion is starting! [/DUTCH]
posted by carsonb at 10:39 PM on June 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is just the first wave. Once they have you expecting them all to be just taxidermy, the real ones will come along and rip off your face.
posted by Goofyy at 10:56 PM on June 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


Lose the other leg.
posted by flabdablet at 11:42 PM on June 2, 2012


I'm guessing the cat, were it in a position to care, would absolutely hate this.

Yes indeed. Orville's thoughts would be: "Cows? Cows?! Oh fer Chrissakes, stop chasing those stupid cows and think about the pigeons!"

posted by Skeptic at 11:52 PM on June 2, 2012


That shirt is criminal.
posted by Brocktoon at 12:38 AM on June 3, 2012


I'd have built a catamaran.
posted by w0mbat at 12:54 AM on June 3, 2012


That shirt is criminal.

Nah, it's just Dutch. It has orange and flowers, in an eyewatering 1970s printed pattern. Cloggies just love all three of these.
posted by Skeptic at 1:01 AM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


The thing y'all missed is that in the end bit, the artist is talking about sticking with the flying for his next project, which if possible might just involve a blue whale...
posted by MartinWisse at 1:48 AM on June 3, 2012


"Half Cat, Half Helicopter" is the name of my new band.
posted by Decani at 1:50 AM on June 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is there an example of a more undignified use of taxidermy out there?

Agreed. Disgraceful and embarrassing.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
The Netherlands is known to treat animals poorly.
posted by nickrussell at 1:54 AM on June 3, 2012


Disgraceful and embarrassing.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."


The animal was dead when this was done. Literally nothing you do to an animals' body after its death affects its welfare.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 2:51 AM on June 3, 2012 [4 favorites]


Or indeed a person's body. I'm prepared to leave my body to Metafilter if anyone feels like replicating this with my tanned hide. You're going to need a bigger rotor.
posted by howfar at 3:54 AM on June 3, 2012


Is there an example of a more undignified use of taxidermy out there?

Hunting trophy.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 5:52 AM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Netherlands is known to treat animals poorly.

Did they kill the cat for the purposes of the project? I fail to see how your point is relevant.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 5:53 AM on June 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


Imagine if its jaw was wired up and a little tape machine attached to it. You could land it, have its jaw moved as it delivered its message. And then -- nightmares forever for your subject. A cat would be proud.
posted by angrycat at 6:32 AM on June 3, 2012 [6 favorites]


Hello Copter!
posted by sneebler at 7:06 AM on June 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


It was also easy to imagine made-up meanings for overheard conversation...
It would perhaps surprise you to know that you were... Right. Every. Time.


Johannes antwoordde de derde telefoon ging. Het was Amerika bellen.

(So far so good.)

Zeg het, "Grote grutten! Nou brak mijn schoen! Oeteldonk moet gevierd met overtuiging van de dorpelingen!"

(Some imagination required.)
posted by StickyCarpet at 7:32 AM on June 3, 2012


Chasing those cows with an RC helicopter was definitely cruel.

To paraphrase one of my favorite lines from the rotten dot com FAQ:

Q. What would you think if somebody took your dead body and made a toy helicopter out of it?

A. I probably wouldn't think much, what with being dead and all.
posted by localroger at 8:01 AM on June 3, 2012


The Netherlands is known to treat animals poorly.

It's also known as the only country in the world with a core-issue animals' rights party in parliament.
posted by Skeptic at 8:44 AM on June 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


This just begs for fake subtitles.
posted by Anything at 9:01 AM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Half Cat, Half Helicopter" is the name of my new band.

Sadly, the group you're referencing is really not at all known in the U.S..
posted by benito.strauss at 9:46 AM on June 3, 2012


Sadly, the group you're referencing is really not at all known in the U.S..

Watch out, you're about to fall into a parad-

Too late.
posted by howfar at 9:58 AM on June 3, 2012


figurant: "I'm guessing the cat, were it in a position to care, would absolutely hate this."

Which is, more or less, why I think it's awesome.
posted by klanawa at 10:22 AM on June 3, 2012


I think the cat would initially loathe it, as most cats loathe new and unexpected things, but once it realized it could divebomb far more effectively, it would be delighted. I mean, surely.
posted by elizardbits at 10:34 AM on June 3, 2012


This is going to lead to some really interesting folklore among the birds.

And mythology among the cats, starting with the ones who knew this one: "...yeah, if you get enough birds you steal their power; then after you die you're reborn with the power of flight. I'm not shittin' you! I know a guy that it happened to..."
posted by George_Spiggott at 11:35 AM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Anything: "This just begs for fake subtitles."

I'm waiting fo the Downfall version.
posted by arcticseal at 11:46 AM on June 3, 2012


I have quite a few Dutch friends. This level of batshit insane is barely above the national average.

God I love the Dutch.
posted by fearnothing at 12:28 PM on June 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


I want that shirt. Anybody know where to get one?
posted by BurnChao at 1:09 PM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


I avoided clicking on this after reading the comments but, sadly, saw it accidentally somewhere else. I'm not sure what's supposed to be so awesome, but my day took a real downturn, and I think this post should have some kind of REAL DEAD ANIMAL warning. Ugh, poor cat. I find this kind of thing pretty disgusting.
posted by Occula at 5:58 AM on June 4, 2012


Okay, it does have taxidermy as a keyword, but I never see those initially - sorry.
posted by Occula at 5:59 AM on June 4, 2012


*___^_^___*
posted by vivelame at 6:11 AM on June 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


piloot!
posted by oulipian at 6:39 AM on June 4, 2012


Yeah, there should be some better way of alerting people who are upset by taxidermy. "Trigger warning," maybe?

sorry
posted by neroli at 10:20 AM on June 4, 2012


I just thought, How would a cat react to seeing a 'cat' fly by an upper window, chasing birds?!
posted by Goofyy at 9:14 AM on June 5, 2012


Hello copter? Come on. Heli-kitty.
posted by emelenjr at 9:59 AM on June 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


The artist talked about the project, and Orville's life and death, on As It Happens last night. Click the Listen button, then scroll to about the 20 minute mark to hear a brief intro from Flight of the Conchords before the phone interview starts.
posted by maudlin at 12:16 PM on June 5, 2012


O hai! Can has swarming?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:18 PM on June 5, 2012


My mom wanted to turn our late corgi into a footstool. I'm not sure that this is any more undignified.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:52 AM on June 6, 2012


Hello copter? Come on. Heli-kitty.

Helo Kitty
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 1:06 PM on June 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Having orvillocopter and jansen in the tags would spare some people a measure of embarrassment.
posted by unliteral at 8:11 PM on June 6, 2012


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