How Do Cats Survive Falls From Great Heights?

With scientists unwilling to toss cats off buildings for experimental observation, science has been unable systematically to study the rate at which they live after crashing to the ground. In a 1987 study of 132 cats brought to a New York City emergency veterinary clinic after falls from high-rise buildings, 90% of treated cats survived and only 37% needed emergency treatment to keep them alive. One that fell 32 stories onto concrete suffered only a chipped tooth and a collapsed lung and was released after 48 hours. From the moment they’re in the air to the instant after they hit the ground, cats’ bodies are built to survive high falls, scientists say. They have a relatively large surface area in proportion to their weight, thus reducing the force at which they hit the pavement. Cats reach terminal velocity, the speed at which the downward tug of gravity is matched by the upward push of wind resistance, at a slow speed compared to large animals like humans and horses.” w/ photos

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Starbucks Drinks Colored With Bugs?

“Vegetarians are ‘bugging’ out about a change in ingredients by Starbucks, specifically related to its Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino. And chances are, you might bug out too, when you hear why. In an effort to avoid artificial additives in its drinks, Starbucks confirms it is using a natural red dye, made from dried, crushed cochineal beetles. Before you get grossed out, you should know that cochineal is a common additive, considered safe by the FDA, and you’ve probably been eating it for years in items like jams, meats, marinades, cookies and other baked products. The FDA says it does have to be listed by name on the ingredients list.” w/ photo + video

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155,555 Dominoes

“And I told myself when I started watching this that I wouldn’t watch the whole thing, and what do I do…” — zzaacchh321

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