Mews and Nips: a cat who solves a hacker case, a cat who picks stocks, and more

Japan-Cat

Our first story sounds like something out of an action movie: Mashable reports that Japan’s central law enforcement agency got help from a cat in solving a frustrating hacker case. The cat carried a memory card police say is the latest clue in a bizarre chase for a hacker who’s used his stealthy computer skills to send anonymous bomb threats to schools, airlines and shopping malls. Following hints sent to media outlets on New Year’s Day, the cat carrying the card was found on an island near Tokyo. Read the full story on Mashable.

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A cat named Orlando has beat professional money managers in a year-long investment challenge hosted by British newspaper The Guardian. Time reports that the orange cat made £650 more than the wealth manager, stock broker, fund manager and the team of finance students from a Hertfordshire school who were also part of the challenge. According to The Guardian, “while the professionals used their decades of investment knowledge and traditional stock-picking methods, the cat selected stocks by throwing his favourite toy mouse on a grid of numbers allocated to different companies.” Read the full story on the Time Magazine website.

Today’s video just goes to show that to a kitten, everything is a toy. And I have to say, this is one of the more creative “cat toys” I’ve seen, and almost makes me want to go out and buy one of those things for Allegra and Ruby (what are they called anyway?).

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Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Japanese cat from Mashable. photo of stock market cat from memegenerator.net

9 Comments on Mews and Nips: a cat who solves a hacker case, a cat who picks stocks, and more

  1. Maxwell, Faraday & Allie
    January 19, 2013 at 11:55 am (7 years ago)

    Rats, we need to figure out why our posts keep defaulting to our OLD name…!

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    • Ingrid
      January 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm (7 years ago)

      I think it’s driven by either the e-mail address you use to comment, or your Gravatar settings.

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  2. Ryker's Boyz 'n' Allie
    January 19, 2013 at 11:52 am (7 years ago)

    That’s a Newton’s Cradle. And our boys love theirs. We have a post we’re holding for Feb 24th – National Engineer’s Week – that has video of Maxwell & Faraday playing with it.

    Now for the ‘geek’ part: a Newton’s Cradle is a row of hanging steel balls that are used to demonstrate that energy and momentum are conserved in a collision. Ironically, the technical term for this is a “perfectly elastic collision”. Elastic isn’t the word most people would associate with steel balls. But if you consider the fact that all the energy stored in an elastic band when you pull it is released when you let it go (none of it stays in the elastic band itself) it makes sense.

    When it’s not in use by the boyz, our Newton’s Cradle is used to teach undergrad physics students – can you tell? 😉

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    • Ingrid
      January 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm (7 years ago)

      Ah, Newton’s Cradle – I knew there was a fancy, scientific name for it!

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  3. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    January 19, 2013 at 11:30 am (7 years ago)

    Loved the video, especially the two in the background who are wrestling! I also love how us cat guardians let our kitties do whatever they want if it makes them happy – that little kitten at the end was really trying to destroy whatever that thing is called!!

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    • Ingrid
      January 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm (7 years ago)

      What’s a destroyed “thingie” compared to our cats having fun, right, Deb!

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  4. Bobbi Hahn
    January 19, 2013 at 6:44 am (7 years ago)

    Love the video, especially when the one kitten just crawls into the thing and drags it along the floor!

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    • Ingrid
      January 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm (7 years ago)

      Isn’t that too cute, Bobbi?

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