By Mark Frauenfelder at 1:19 pm Mon, Jun 25, 2012
[Video Link] A cat named Steven was playing guitar when an earthquake struck in Melbourne, Australia last week, causing it to stop for a moment.
Wrong headline. Should be “Cat uses guitar to cause earthquake”.
Cat’s thinking: “Wow, I wield such power! Wish I were taller.”
I wish I was a baller….
When you have a song in your heart, everything else is just an annoying distraction.
The quake was M5.2, not M6.3.
Given that the Richter scale confuses everyone anyway why not just measure earthquakes by how many cats they stop from making youtube videos?
Linear cats, or logarithmic cats?
Youtube is a log of rythmic cats. So logrythmic.
The music must go on!
That’s one cool cat!
I hope that he was playing “Moonshadow” or more likely, “Wild World”.
Even more likely “But I Might Die Tonight”
Presumably not “I love my dog”…
the truncated scream at the end is a bit unsettling…
video is a remix/edit (hoax?) as found by australian redditors http://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/vb0t4/cat_in_melbourne_plays_a_guitar_and_is/c52zpud
A couple of news agencies even used the video as news material, without bothering to check varicity. Well, it does tell an interesting story.
Thank you, I was hoping someone had beaten me to it!
That is _exactly_ the kind of headline I expect to see on boingboing!
While we all appreciate a good amp, kitty needs to dial back the bass a little…
I love the Internet.
Looks like this cat
Looks exactly like it, but without the earthquake type of sound effects and camera shake. Both are still amusing videos.
Of course. Why even HAVE a Cat Steven if you’re not going to teach him to play guitar?
If there were several, would it be Cat Stevens? Cats Steven? Cats Stevens…?
“owner heroically continues filming cat video”
What I find fascinating is how a subjectively “interesting/amusing” story albeit fiction tends to have more value than plain truth. The fact that four tv news networks used the video as material is hilarious.
It’s also really cool and slightly alarming that a piece of media can be edited so quickly, released into the wild, and then be incorporated into news as information.
I love how little of a fuck the cat gives about the earthquake
I’m not impressed with the laid-back picking. Even if their name is Steven, any self-respecting cat would be shredding!
Haha.. yeah this is widely recognised as a fakez..hence the cat not going haywire!
And right in the middle of the solo too, how rude!
That it’s fake makes a lot of sense; as mentioned in the Reddit thread, earthquakes here in Melbourne are rare as hell and spook the crap out of us; this is only the second or third one anywhere near this strong that I’ve felt, and I’m 37. Maybe a Japanese or San Franciscan camera operator could be so chilled, but no Melburnian, I bet…
Funny how that wasn’t enough to cause anyone in four news networks to check… also, I felt it almost as strongly as it appeared in the vid (like 3/4), and the duration was far shorter, maybe a third of that amount of activity tops.
Nah, it rolled on for a fair while…
Show must go on?
If only the cat were named Nero…
Yeah, as an L.A. resident who’s been through a number of shakes, that “earthquake” didn’t ring true. They don’t come and go like that and they don’t sound like that … .
A little “Rock-n-Roll” music.
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