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Is this cat going up or down these stairs?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by tastybasslines, Apr 10, 2015.


  1. up

    16 vote(s)
    30.2%
  2. down

    36 vote(s)
    67.9%
  3. standing still

    1 vote(s)
    1.9%
  1. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I say down, since the step edging overhangs and they don't look wide enough for human feet. However, it could also be up. If the cat came from the street and the light is outside (behind him), then the the cats shadow would be consistent with that light. If it was going down (coming from inside somewhere) then it is likely that there is less light behind him (which is bright) and the shadow would then not project that way.

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  2. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Down. Raised lips at the edge of the steps would be weird.
     
  3. Philonius

    Philonius Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    2k W of the Duwamsh
    And dangerous.
     
  4. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    The dress is blue and pigeon.
     
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  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Carrots?
     
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  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    True, but I've seen very very old steps wear like that. Especially outdoor concrete walkways in places with uneven ground (gorge trails, etc.). But I agree.

    Or maybe it's like Shroedinger's cat, it's both states superposed, you can't really know until you (what? click on the link?)
     
  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I think the marks on the side walls are a dead giveaway, though, down.
     
  8. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    The cat's name is Escher.
     
  9. ONYX

    ONYX

    Apr 14, 2000
    Michigan
    I studied the photo for 10 minutes and I've come to the conclusion that the cat is standing still.
     
  10. Frank Tuesday

    Frank Tuesday

    Jul 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I say up. Where is the poll?
     
  11. Richland123

    Richland123

    Apr 17, 2009
    Nah, it's just a narrow alley with bumps on the surface. :D
     
  12. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Dress is blue and gold.











    Going down! ;)
     
  13. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I'd guess up, because
    A. The photographer would have to be in a really weird spot if it was going down, and
    B. The angle of the walls at the end of the stairwell don't make sense if it was going down. It would have to be an optical illusion or else that stairwell is incredibly steep.
     
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  14. Jeff Elkins

    Jeff Elkins Supporting Member

    Having never observed cats going up or down stairs, this is a little out of left field, but I postulate that the answer is in the tail. The tail up seems to indicate that the center of gravity it is trying to achieve is forward--which would seem counter-intuitive if it was going downstairs. I vote up.
     
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  15. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    your wish is my command.
     
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  16. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I thought about this too, the cat would be less likely to use it's tail for balance it was going downstairs.
     
  17. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    That's more than likely Schrodinger's cat and it's doing both at the same time. Maybe it goes up the stairs when it's alive and down when it's dead, or the other way round, or both!
     
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  18. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    It's just standing there, not going up or down.

    -Mike
     
  19. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Down. I suspect the stairs go from ground level to a basement or something.
     
  20. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    The cat is considering the existence of carrots.
     

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