231: Cat Proximity

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Cat Proximity
Yes you are! And you're sitting there! Hi, kitty!
Title text: Yes you are! And you're sitting there! Hi, kitty!

[edit] Explanation

This comic refers to the use of "baby talk" when speaking to pets. A person's voice becomes falsetto and cooing, vocabulary becomes simplified, and phrases are repeated, such as "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty". The chart shows that a person's apparent intelligence decreases, and the inanity of their statements increases, the closer they get to a cat.

Most people act like this when they're playing with cats; unless they're allergic, of course.

Thankfully being close to a cat doesn't actually cause brain damage in normal circumstances; the graph technically refers to demonstrated intelligence rather than IQ.

[edit] Transcript

[A graph is drawn, x-axis: "human proximity to cat" from far to near.]
[A curve labeled intelligence veering downwards.]
[A curve labeled inanity of statements veering upwards.]
[Cueball standing far from a kitten.]
[Cueball standing closer to a kitten.]
[Cueball standing next to a kitten.]
Cueball: You're a kitty!
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Anyone else notice that the graph looks like the tail end of a fish? ‎Sunny Bat (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I'm sure if you will be doing IQ test with cat, you will score lower. Especially if the cat would lie on the paper. So ... let's say that the reduction of IQ near cats is in normal circumstances temporary. -- Hkmaly (talk) 08:54, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

I vote we remove the "Incomplete" tag. Said tag is labeled "Come on...", but I honestly don't see how this could be expanded upon. 07:32, 16 October 2013 (UTC)
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