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(ABC News)   Scientists: Animals get confused, too. John Cleese: Right, men. Confuse the... cat   ( divider line
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2003-12-07 03:02:16 PM  
I know when I pretend to throw a little catnip ball after a few real throws my cat sincerly freaks out. "Where's the damn ball?! OH GOD! WHERE IS IT?!"

On a seperate note -- I, for one, welcome our unconfusable rodent and pigeon masters.
2003-12-07 06:47:57 PM  
Why does this headline make no sense to me? Am I not getting some sort of inside joke, or is the headline writer foreign?
2003-12-07 06:48:20 PM  
Well duh. Anyone with a pet can figure that out. My cat does the same thing =)
2003-12-07 06:48:32 PM  
You can confuse pretty much any animal, especially cats, by just putting a sock on their head.
2003-12-07 06:48:58 PM  
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2003-12-07 06:49:44 PM  
Professor Frink - it's an old Monty Python sketch.
2003-12-07 06:50:18 PM  
you can confuse cats by placing lots of postit notes sticky side up on the carpet.
2003-12-07 06:53:29 PM  
That cat confusers sketch was the most fcuked thing I have ever seen on television.
2003-12-07 06:54:23 PM  
talking parrots can confuse dogs, i've seen it
2003-12-07 06:54:29 PM  
2003-12-07 06:55:09 PM  
Ever pretend to throw a stick over a dogs head?
2003-12-07 07:03:29 PM  
Best python sketch ever.
2003-12-07 07:13:17 PM  
It is an ex-parrot!
2003-12-07 07:15:13 PM  
animals can get stoned too
2003-12-07 07:15:26 PM  
"There's this view that the switch for consciousness and cognitive self awareness only turned on once in evolution, and that was in the line that led to apes and humans."

god, humans are so fecking arrogant. maybe when we decide on a definition of just what the hell consciousness even is we can declare our monopoly on it. stupid hairless monkeys with our "my bag of head meat is divine, because i am human, bow down before it" or whatever.

i'm not even drnk.
2003-12-07 07:16:27 PM  
2003-12-07 07:23:52 PM  
its more fun to confuse a dog. they show it more than cats. cats just seem like they meant to do that.
2003-12-07 07:27:08 PM  
One of the best Python sketches.
2003-12-07 07:32:02 PM  
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I believe it was Mark David Chapman.
2003-12-07 07:40:31 PM  
hehe..I never thought I'd see my alma mater mentioned in a national news source. Although, supposedly the Language Center is supposed to be top-notch.

Way to confuse some monkey, people! w00t!
2003-12-07 07:52:39 PM  
its more fun to confuse a dog. they show it more than cats. cats just seem like they meant to do that..

lol, yup.
2003-12-07 07:53:24 PM  
The fastest way to cofuse AYTHING:

three card monty.
/"Find the queen boy! c'mon! Find her boy!"
2003-12-07 07:57:36 PM  
Is it just a coincidence that George Bush's picture is in the middle of this article?
2003-12-07 08:00:14 PM  
Well I looked again and the advertisement has already changed. But it was funny while it lasted.
2003-12-07 08:01:22 PM  
Heh. I've seen pigeons get confused.
Around here, we've got a lot of small, dumb, ugly little pigeons. And some sparrows.

Here's where the two come in.
You start by feeding them birdseed. Get a whole mob of em milling about.

Smack the kid that just ran through the whole lot just to watch them scatter, then start again...

Then you throw a big chunk of bread in the mix.

The sparrow will see it, jump in, grab the whole chunk, and fly off.

This leaves a lot of confused pigeons, wondering where the bread went...

Cats can get dizzy, too. The chair I'm sitting in in my profile pic? It swivels. Entertaining (for me, anyway), grab the cat as in the photo, and start spinning around. Ever see a cat so dizzy that it tries to walk, staggers around like a drunk, then falls over? It's hilarious.
2003-12-07 08:09:54 PM  
Smith suspects that the state of confusion is shared among other animals who are not as "cognitively sophisticated" as humans, monkeys and a bottlenose dolphin, but when the researchers tried to prove it with rats, they failed.

It could be that the test simply didn't work, or the researchers didn't try hard enough, he says. Or it could mean rats are never confused. They just blunder through life, making instantaneous decisions even if they don't know what's going on.

Finally, an explanation for FARK flame wars...
2003-12-07 08:31:15 PM  
I'm with the drunk-or-not spaztacular all the way. It boggles my mind that scientists who see how evolution behaves in a very gradual way, and neurologists who can trace the expansion of capability precisely, fail to see that most likely conciousness (or level thereof) is on a sliding scale as well.

Everybody's concious - it's just a question of how much. Some day, after the eightieth study showing that animals have some capability heretofore thought only possible in humans, some asshole biologist will come up with the same theory I have and get a nobel prize.

2003-12-07 08:50:34 PM  
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2003-12-07 11:37:03 PM  
Exactly, usually a confused cat will start grooming itself for no discerible reason. They think they're clever.
2003-12-07 11:37:51 PM  
discerible is a word. shutup.
2003-12-08 12:46:06 AM  
Seen an animal chase a flashlight beam, or laser pointer dot? It'll confuse the crap out of them, especially if they jump on it and then look all around to see where it went.
2003-12-08 09:24:14 AM  
All hail Monty Python! Alright then...

Birds are already confused, there's too much CO2 in the air these days.
2003-12-08 10:57:38 PM  
I hope to God it works!
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