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Date: Mon, 26 Jun 1995 12:33:15 -0400 (EDT)

Question et reponse sur un sujet scientifique troublant...

From: NED

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>  If you drop a buttered piece of bread, it will fall on the
>  floor butter-side down.  If a cat is dropped from a window
>  or other high and towering place, it will land on its feet.
>  But what if you attach a buttered piece of bread, butter-side
>  up to a cat's back and toss them both out the window?
>  Will the cat land on its feet?  Or will the butter splat on
>  the ground?

	That's right you clever mortal (well, as clever as a mortal can
get), you have discovered the secret of antigravity!  A buttered cat will,
when released, quickly move to a height where the forces of cat-twisting
and butter repulsion are in equilibrium.  This equilibrium point can be
modified by scraping off some of the butter, providing lift, or removing
some of the cat's limbs, allowing descent. Most of the civilized species
of the Universe already use this principle to drive their ships while
within a planetary system.  The loud humming heard by most sighters of
UFOs is, in fact, the purring of several hundred tabbies. And now a few
words on solving the problem of creating a ship using the aforementioned
anti-gravity device. One could power a ship by means of cats held in
suspended animation (say, about -190 degrees Celsius) with buttered bread
strapped to their backs, thus avoiding the possibility of collisions due
to tempermental felines. More importantly, how do you steer, once the cats
are all held in stasis? I offer a modest proposal: 
 	We all know that wearing a white shirt at an Italian restaurant is a
guaranteed way to take a trip to the laudromat.  Plaster the outside of
your ship with white shirts.  Place four nozzles symmetrically around the
counter force of the anti-gravity cat/butter machine.  Your only hope at
that point is to jettison enormous quantities of Tide.  This will create
the well-known Gravitational Tidal Force.

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