Are Cats Liquid?

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Savannah Warasky, Staff Writer

  In 2017 Marc-Antonie Fardin won the Ig Nobel prize which is an award for science and humor for the question Are cats liquid? He said that the definition of a liquid is being able to modify its shape to fill a container and cats do just that. So in 2017 he presented this idea in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre and won.
Obviously, there are many factors to go along with modifying their body but for the most part, you give a cat a container and they will get in it and fill it. Just like how cats can squeeze through the smallest of spaces and smash their bodies so thin. So with this idea, Fardin wrote a paper titled Rheology of Cats. Explaining the idea behind this question that at first, you would think is a joke. You could say cats are liquid and the average person would laugh. Because cats are an animal, how can they be liquid? But when you look into it it makes sense. The way that cats are able to do this is by the definition of liquid. So what is the answer? The answer is that they can be both liquid and solid.
Why of course cats are not actually liquid like water but it’s more the properties that the cats possess. And by the definition that Fardin was presenting, they are. “At the center of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container,” Fardin said. He further went on to say that how well they can modify their bodies and adapt their shape to a container. So that’s why he started looking even more into it. Once he got the main evidence Fardin was able to go from there.