Mark Frauenfelder at 5:27 pm Mon, Jan 14, 2013
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Should try with a non-jingling item in the cups.
Yep. Cat’s not even looking, but watch his ears track the bell.
Exactly. I was actually able to close my eyes for the fist half of the mixing and figure out which one it was in just listening to which one jingled when she touched it.
Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, a posting cat has just outed itself.
The difficult part ISN’T getting the cat to know which cup has the bell. The difficult part is getting the cat to CARE.
I think the cat knows that when there’s 3 cups, it’s in the middle – and when there’s 4 cups, it’s in the outside-right.
Watch the ‘mixing’ with the 4 cups. The person purposefully puts the bell-cup on the outside-right (our left).
Cat: “Mon Dieu, it has come to this. A cold floor. The scraping of metal on tile and the insatiable appetite of my tormentors for mindless repetition. They are so easily appeased it is pathetic. How much longer must I endure this vacuum of all things meaningful? Merde, merde, merde, et merde.” (Apologies to Henri the cat)
Seriously, that cat is completing a task that any 2 year old child could master.
But the cat is only one year old.
And, ya know, A CAT.
I still think someone’s playing with the cat’s butt, like in Trololo Cat.
Humans use our primary sense, I don’t see why the cat shouldn’t get to use it’s primary sense. Cats can’t see clearly due to the reflective layer at the back of their eyeballs – it’s like having vaseline smeared on your glasses.
One from the related videos where the human is a bit tricker and the cat a bit more determined https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QrlTijuhVOA
I just got suckered, via YouTube related videos, into a good half hour of soldiers returning from Iraq being reunited with their dogs. I’m not surprised they don’t have videos of Iraq War soldiers being reunited with their cats. A solid three days of being studiously ignored, followed by a two-week montage of shit in shoes and half-dead small prey in the bed.
Cats have their own language, and it consists of blood, viscera, shit, and urine.
“I missed you, Daddy. Please enjoy this shit-filled slipper and half-dead tailless squirrel.”“`
And dirty looks.
I left my cat with my parents for 3 weeks while I did the post-college Euro-trip. When I got back, I whistled once, and the cat ran out of a bedroom towards me at full speed. She then ran up my body with her claws until she got to my chest purring as loud as she could.
Oh, I had a cat like that once, Harvey. I know it happens. I just don’t think it’s typical. And every time Baby was enthusiastic to see me after an absence, the girls would beat him up.
Yeah. The ‘game’ in your link is more legit.
I’m thinking this cat in the vid above, when there’s 3 cups, knows to pick the middle one and, when there’s 4 cups, knows to pick the outside-right one (the cat’s left). Watch how the person purposefully puts the bell-cup on the outside-right when there’re 4 cups.
It would be interesting to train the cat against the fair game, and then introduce sleight-of-hand and misdirection. (I picture open claws on the back of someone’s hand.)
Yo, where da hell’s mah treat?
It’s going a bit too slowly, or the camera angle is too good – I could track the cup by eye, which in viewing other examples of the “game” I’ve found that I suck at.
Wait, a cat plays 3-card monte, and you complain the human didn’t make it hard enough? Either you’re one tough audience or a dog person.
Or a dog.
Wouldn’t be the first time.
I’m impressed that a cat can be trained to play 3-card monte; it’s a real feat. I’m just saying that once you assume that first, impressive accomplishment (of convincing the cat to follow or otherwise pick out the right cup), that the cups are moving slowly or simply enough to make the task less difficult than I’d normally expect. Put another way: the cat is playing 3-card monte, which is hugely impressive. But it’s not clear from the demonstration that the cat is displaying an uncanny ability to follow the cup in a hugely difficult test, which is something I’d rather expected from the post title. I do realize this is running afoul of Samuel Johnson’s assessment of the dancing bear, but still …
I think it was “dog walking upright” (Samuel Johnson)
I don’t think the cat was trained.
Wonder how he would be at 3-card Monte?
One cup has catnip taped to the inside top…
The insides of the cups were never shown which is the oldest trick in the book.
they grow opposable thumbs and we’re DOOMED!
Human doesn’t understand how to play the shell game:
“The operator’s trick is sleight of hand. A skilled operator can remove a pea from under any shell (or shells) and place it (or not) under any shell (or shells) undetected by a mark. So it is never of any benefit for the mark to watch the movement of either the shells or the operator’s hands.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_game
Let’s see the cat beat this version (starts at 3:33): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44evqucHc_s
i’ve read about a trick around this. it will work at most one time and takes some nerve. i’ve never done it.
play as usual, but instead of picking the one shell “with” the pea, very quickly and assertively turn over the two shells without the pea, thus indicating the remaining shell as your choice. the idea is that they’ll be forced to admit it was a con and give you your winnings. or they might beat the shit out of you. one or the other.
oh, never mind. that’s in the wikipedia article. figures.
One of the main features of the shell game is to slowly build up your confidence with easier, non-tricky rounds, waiting for you to start laying down bigger bets. No one would ever play it if no one was ever seen to be winning.
Trust me, either this cat is about to get seriously scammed, or this cat is simply the shill who appears to be winning, in order to trick the stupid dog into thinking this is legit.
“Hey guys! Hey guys! Hey guys! What you playing? Hey guys! What you playing? Oooh, a cup game? I love cup games! I love cup games! Can I play can I play can I play can I play please please please please? Squirrel!“
My border collie is smarter than your honor cat.
What’s the point? That cat don’t got no dough!
Cats operate an extortion economy.
Meanwhile, our cat is still crapping on the floor where his litter box used to be.
He/she is trying to train you to Put. It. Back. And you are failing miserably.
Some humans take longer to train than others.
It’s true. I was a cat in my previous life.
Nice comic timing in the pause just before the cat makes a selection.
That pause is the cat waiting for the annoying human to go away.
Actually, if I am not mistaken, the correct result was always in the same place. In the middle of three an then at the end of four.
Cats are smarter than we think, they’ve already taken over the internet.
But can that cat pick stocks?