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January 30, 2009 1:28 PM   Subscribe

Cat on a Roomba, Baby on a Roomba, Baby Kittens on a Roomba.
posted by empath (48 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
The scientists who built ARPANET didn't foresee that cat-riding-a-Roomba video.

A still-relevant lesson in the law of unintended consequences.
posted by Joe Beese at 1:33 PM on January 30, 2009


[Looks at baby kittens on a Roomba]
[Looks furtively to see if anyone is watching]
SQUEEEEEEE!
posted by cimbrog at 1:34 PM on January 30, 2009


Kittens on a Roomba! KITTENS ON A ROOMBA!
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:34 PM on January 30, 2009


Dogg don't piss on me I just invented Photoshop!
posted by arcanecrowbar at 1:37 PM on January 30, 2009 [11 favorites]


The kitten getting casually scooted out of the way was the funniest! That baby was stoked, though.
posted by peep at 1:38 PM on January 30, 2009


Kittens on a Roomba is the winner of 10,000 internet cute points.

Also, the cat on the roomba is doing an excellent job of not flipping the fuck out and murdering whoever else is in the room.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:39 PM on January 30, 2009


What they don't tell you on the box is that riding a Roomba voids the warranty. Some lessons you learn the hard way.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:40 PM on January 30, 2009


They ought to come out with a version of the Roomba that doesn't vacuuum, just runs around on the floor. You'd get all the cat/baby/kittens action without having to empty it.
posted by tommasz at 1:40 PM on January 30, 2009


More cats on roombas (and many more)
posted by Rinku at 1:41 PM on January 30, 2009 [4 favorites]


Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
posted by Rinku at 1:41 PM on January 30, 2009


They ought to come out with a version of the Roomba that doesn't vacuuum, just runs around on the floor. You'd get all the cat/baby/kittens action without having to empty it.

Behold!
posted by Tomorrowful at 1:43 PM on January 30, 2009


Baby kittens?
posted by ORthey at 1:47 PM on January 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


What's wrong with puppies and bunnies?, Oh, and ferrets.

Listening to more than 2.5 of these videos with earphones gets headachey real quick.
posted by mudpuppie at 1:49 PM on January 30, 2009


Faint of Butt: "Kittens on a Roomba! KITTENS ON A ROOMBA!"

Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking kittens on this motherfucking Roomba!

Just kidding. I giggled like an infant from beginning to end.
posted by Joe Beese at 1:51 PM on January 30, 2009


Baby kittens?

I almost went with 'baby cats'.
posted by empath at 1:54 PM on January 30, 2009


Fiance walks in room: "What's that?" Skeptical look. "Cat on a Roomba?"
Me: "No, four kittens."
Beat. Fiance: "Eeeeeeeeeeeee! Wook at em fallin' offa dat thang!!!"
posted by billysumday at 1:58 PM on January 30, 2009


They ought to come out with a version of the Roomba that doesn't vacuuum, just runs around on the floor. You'd get all the cat/baby/kittens action without having to empty it.

Behold!


You can tell the intended application from the URL: http://store.irobot.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2591511&ab=CMS_IRBT_CreateSuperCat_LearnMore_110408
posted by Mike1024 at 1:59 PM on January 30, 2009 [3 favorites]


I love the one in the 'baby kittens' that rolls off at about the 22 second mark. I could hear the kitty voice over in my head: "Prepare to deploy, in 3... 2... 1... Bail! GO GO GO!" and then it flops onto the floor.

Excellent.

I have a Roomba and I have cats. Nothing like this has ever happened. In fact, the closest we have come is seeing the little robot vacuum cleaner act as a launch stage for placing cats into a low earth orbit.

It snuck up on her and she jumped. Really high.
posted by quin at 2:02 PM on January 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


I almost went with 'baby cats'.

That would have been significantly less redundant. [/annoying pendant]

Oh, and ferrets.

Curse you, mudpuppie! Every time I start to get over my intense desire to own some ferrets, some asshole on the internet has to post another picture or video of them again, and I'm back at square one.

I miss owning ferrets. =(
posted by Caduceus at 2:03 PM on January 30, 2009


It would be really cool if you saw the cats getting on. Owners dumping their cats on Roombas is not particularly interesting.

The baby, now that was cool!
posted by Chuckles at 2:10 PM on January 30, 2009


Let's see them get the Great Dane at the end of the kittens video on there. Like moving target Twister.
posted by netbros at 2:18 PM on January 30, 2009


[Looks furtively to see if anyone is watching]

Busted!
posted by furtive at 2:21 PM on January 30, 2009


This makes me wish my Roomba still worked. And that I had some kittens.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 2:28 PM on January 30, 2009


Back when this house still had a Roomba, my Burmese would flop down to take a nap in front of it while it was working. Invariably he would get jostled, the Roomba would swirl and back away, Fergus would favour me with a WTF? look, then go back to sleep until the Roomba's path reached him once again. Repeat until one pissy cat left the room to sleep elsewhere.

Now if iRobot would actually pad and heat the top of those devices, there would be plenty of video of cats getting on top of them and living there until the battery ran out.
posted by maudlin at 2:31 PM on January 30, 2009


That is without doubt the cutest fucking thing I've ever seen.
posted by notsnot at 2:36 PM on January 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


The suspense kept building as kittens kept flopping off. Which would last the longest?! Survivor: Roomba Edition.
posted by woodway at 2:47 PM on January 30, 2009 [3 favorites]


Fiance walks in room: "What's that?" Skeptical look. "Cat on a Roomba?"
Me: "No, four kittens."
Beat. Fiance: "Eeeeeeeeeeeee! Wook at em fallin' offa dat thang!!!"


It's not clear whether I should report you to the ASPCA or the police.
posted by DU at 2:48 PM on January 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


Song about my Roomba
posted by 5imian at 2:48 PM on January 30, 2009


0:22 He lay there like a slug, it was his only defense.
posted by jamaro at 2:48 PM on January 30, 2009


Oh, wait -- I just found an even better robot. Just think of all the cats that will now go unkicked at the end of a frustrating day. (More here).
posted by maudlin at 2:50 PM on January 30, 2009


I sent the cat-on-a-Roomba some time ago to my mother-in-law. Usually she responds by saying "that's cute!" or "I saw that already!" There was radio silence this time.

My husband was visiting her a few days later. "I liked the cat video your wife sent, but it didn't seem like much of a dance."

My husband (who had seen the video) was puzzled, then realized that his mother thought that the cat was supposed to be doing the Rumba.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 3:21 PM on January 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


Cat On a Hot Tin Roomba.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:35 PM on January 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


"I have had it with these motherfucking KITTENS on this motherfucking ROOMBA!"
posted by cazoo at 4:27 PM on January 30, 2009


Oh YAY oxytocin fixes. I love the cat on the Roomba, quite elegantly amused, tail trailing behind. amazing composure. I wonder what it will do to the DNA of future generations of felines? Will cats learn new techno tricks? Have 15 lives?

Adding to the felines on odd techno things. Cat on a subwoofer.

Now even parrots use the loo. What next?!

Adding to the oxytocin fest and unexpectedness combo: cat adopts squirrels l squirrel plays with cats l baby plays with enormous dog l big dog little mouse l dog mothers tigers (as a New Yorker I have a soft spot for interspecies friendships).
posted by nickyskye at 4:55 PM on January 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


I kept thinking of "Hands On A Hard Body" while watching those kittens. The last little guy gets to keep the Roomba!
posted by orme at 5:04 PM on January 30, 2009


I will not be impressed until there's a video of an elephant on a Roomba.
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posted by Rhaomi at 5:14 PM on January 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


Adding to the felines on odd techno things. Cat on a subwoofer.

I had a friend who produced music under the name "bass kittens" because of his cats love of sitting in his subs.
posted by flaterik at 5:23 PM on January 30, 2009


Cat on a subwoofer is completely awesome. I have a cat. Now I just need a subwoofer. Or a Roomba.
posted by maudlin at 5:31 PM on January 30, 2009


Animatronic monkeyhead on a Roomba and another video of the same.
posted by Kattullus at 5:49 PM on January 30, 2009


Owners dumping their cats on Roombas is not particularly interesting.

We have very different ideas about what it means to own a cat.
posted by ORthey at 6:19 PM on January 30, 2009


For me, the real find was the related video Treadmill Kittens.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:03 PM on January 30, 2009 [7 favorites]


See, the advancement thing is already happening. This cat is obviously heading towards being an interior designer, passionate comments on the kitchen decor, says "Hello, I love yellow."
posted by nickyskye at 7:29 PM on January 30, 2009


oh dear. Forgot the link. Here it is, "Hello, I love yellow."
posted by nickyskye at 7:32 PM on January 30, 2009


I wish my animals would do cute things like that. At least, the moment I whip out a camera and try to document any cuteness my dog vomits his Purina and then sits there watching the backyard finches eat it.
posted by mmmleaf at 10:16 PM on January 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


I will not be impressed until there's a video of an elephant on a Roomba.

Oh, there has been. It's just... nobody talks about it.
posted by Scattercat at 11:01 PM on January 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Keep paws and tails inside the ride until it has come to a complete stop."
posted by iamkimiam at 11:31 PM on January 30, 2009


The Internet is made of kittens
posted by homunculus at 1:53 PM on February 11, 2009


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