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November 26, 2013 8:03 AM   Subscribe

Cats Vs. Mirrors: A scientific breakdown (French narration, English subtitles, lots of kitties).
posted by The Whelk (28 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
Horrible, bad cat trick: 1. Place mirror on floor. 2. Suspend cat over mirror -- observe freak-out (possibly lose some flesh if you are not an expert cat wrangler. 3. Gently set cat on mirror. Prepare for "FUCK YOU, HUMAN glare. 4. Try step one again, prepare for FOOL ME ONCE, YOU ASSHOLE glare.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:10 AM on November 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


As so often is the case with Internet cats, Lacan is the unspoken humor here. (See also: "I can haz cheezeburger? A post-structuralist analysis of the hierarchy of needs in opposition to the aesthetics of repurposed imagery in juxtaposition with the typography of the masses").
posted by Nelson at 8:32 AM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


So that led to half a n hour watching French language cat videos.

THANKS OBAMA!
posted by MartinWisse at 8:45 AM on November 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


THANKS MEOWBAMA!
posted by benito.strauss at 8:47 AM on November 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


SPIDERMAN SPIDERMAN!
posted by theweasel at 9:00 AM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Old Lady Cat used to go hammer & tongs with her reflection when she was younger. Like all cats, she has a healthy ego so the fact some asshole who looked just like her was on her territory? THAT WILL NOT STAND.
posted by Kitteh at 9:03 AM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


I kind of loved Einstein-cat.
posted by tavella at 9:04 AM on November 26, 2013 [18 favorites]


I have a Jaded. He does not care. I hope the imminent kitten has a better reaction.
posted by corvine at 9:05 AM on November 26, 2013


(Previously.)
posted by NMcCoy at 9:08 AM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


when i moved into my new apt, one of the closets has a mirror on the outside of the door.

my cats will sometimes just sit here, staring into it, sometimes at an angle and kind of looking at it sideways.

it's very serious.
posted by sio42 at 9:13 AM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


NINJA!

also. i almost spit out my lunch when the twilight zone car when to infinity. oh man.
posted by sio42 at 9:18 AM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


oh putain c'est trop bon
qu'est-ce qu'on s'amuse avec ces trucs

moi mon pote il est beau très beau

moi c'est la NINJA MIROIR ah ouaip ouaip le miroir il me résiste pas hihi c'est rigolo

pitchounette galipeeettttteeeeeuh hop hop hop
posted by Susu pitchounette at 9:30 AM on November 26, 2013 [7 favorites]


Why was that 900 times funnier in French? I too enjoy the doubtful ones...
posted by Diablevert at 9:39 AM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Weirdly, my cat runs at the mirror and puts his paws on it when he can only see himself, but if I am also reflected in the mirror, he's just "whatever, it's a mirror." He's perfectly willing to believe there is another him trapped in the closet but not another human.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:47 AM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have a Jaded. He does not care.

I have a dog. There's a full-length mirror on my closet door. He doesn't even know the mirror exists. I tell him over & over "Look! There's a dog in the mirror!" & he gets excited, but quizzical because he does not detect keywords like biscuit, bone or squirrel. He WILL NOT look at the mirror.

This confounds me, having been a cat owner up until the age of 35, and now finding myself to be a dog owner. Dogs just. Don't. Get. It. sometimes.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:58 AM on November 26, 2013


Anyone else get that weird ad at the beginning?

So Iran is going to nuke us into the stone age.

But the cats, are very cute, so I feel better now.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 10:02 AM on November 26, 2013


YAY CATS.
posted by rmd1023 at 10:26 AM on November 26, 2013


Anyone else get that weird ad at the beginning?

Adblock plus.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:29 AM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


It took her a few years and bumped noses to learn how they work, but I think my cat understands mirrors now. When she catches my eye in the mirror, she gives me her "hello" meow.
posted by charlesminus at 10:50 AM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


When Hope was a kitten, she first encountered "Mirror Cat," the uncanny creature that would become her nemesis (well, at least one of her nemeses).

She sized her up carefully at first, ears back, eyes wide and gleaming, parsing out Mirror Cat's ever move until the time was right to...

STRIKE!

and yet, somehow, Mirror Cat managed to use some fiendish ninja magic to beat her to the punch, deftly delivering a sharp blow to her forehead with enough power to knock her back on her hind legs.

After shaking her add and glaring with a mixture of shock and hatred at "that sorcerous bitch, Mirror Cat," she wisely decided on a policy of détente which continues to this day.
posted by infinitywaltz at 11:04 AM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Guys, guys, a real French cat has responded in thread, and you haven't even noticed!

Bonjour, Susu! Qui est un bon minou? Tu es le plus mignon!
posted by ocherdraco at 11:26 AM on November 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


Oh I love that stuff. Not only funnier because it's French, much of it is exceptionally well timed and comes so unexpected.
posted by Namlit at 11:41 AM on November 26, 2013


The little bits of French I can actually pull out here and there make it all the funnier. "Mais, attends, c'est moi!"
posted by drlith at 1:16 PM on November 26, 2013


My dear departed Boo cat used to play with toys in front of the hallway mirror, making sure that he could watch how clever he was. I regret never filming him.
posted by janey47 at 2:54 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


That was hilarious. Between this and Henri, studying French is its own reward.... funniest thing I`ve seen all day.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 3:51 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Bring me more kittens voiced by French children.
posted by Drexen at 7:42 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Poum!
posted by The otter lady at 11:32 PM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


My cat completely ignores mirrors. I've never managed to get a reaction to the one in the bedroom or the bathroom from her. She also ignores other cats, and people, and basically anything that isn't a piece of ribbon, some sort of container that she can fit in, or a feather.
posted by empath at 12:38 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


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