Sunday, 28 June 2009

9 lives

terhibur layan kartun Family Guy musim 7 baru2 nih~ ada satu babak dalam kartun tuh menceritakan Peter ingin mencukur bulu seekor kucing menggunakan pencukur tp tersilap cukur sehingga terbunuh terus kucing tuh.. tp dia segera ckp "xpe, kucing ada 9 nyawa.." huhu, sejak kecil lagi asik2 dengar orang cakap pasal istimewa nyer nyawa kucing nih.. pernah gak terpikir nape nombor 9 yg digunakan? nape x nombor lain ek? so baru2 ni ak try search kt google mengenai hal nih dan berikut keputusan yg dapat ak kumpulkan..

American Proverb
"A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays."

According to a myth in many cultures, cats have nine (or sometimes seven) lives. The myth is attributed to the natural suppleness and swiftness cats exhibit to escape life-threatening situations. Also lending credence to this myth is that falling cats often land on their feet because of an inbuilt automatic twisting reaction and are able to twist their bodies around to land feet first, though they can still be injured or killed by a high fall.

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable
a cat is said to have nine lives because it is "more tenacious of life than many animals."

some findings..

[1] The cat was once revered in Egypt, and this is probably where its nine lives began. The priesthood in On - known to the Greeks as Heliopolis and now a suburb of Cairo - worshipped Atum-Ra, a sun god who gave life to the gods of air, moisture, earth and sky, who, in turn, produced Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys. These gods are collectively known as the Ennead, or the Nine. Atum-Ra, who took the form of a cat for visits to the underworld, embodied nine lives in one creator. A hymn from the fourth century BC says, "O sacred cat! Your mouth is the mouth of the god Atum, the lord of life who has saved you from all taint."

Medieval Europe was a tough place to be a cat, and they were sometimes thrown from high towers. The origin of these rituals is obscure but the cats often survived the ordeal and seemed to walk away unscathed, much to the amazement of spectators.

In 1894, the French physiologist Etienne-Jules Marey held a cat upside down by its legs and dropped it. The resultant film, captured by a camera that took 60 images a second, demonstrates how a cat lands on its feet. As the cat falls, an automatic twisting reaction begins and the cat manoeuvres its head, back, legs and tail to lessen the impact.


  1. the cartoon was gross. hehe.
    but great info. thanks.

    kalau yg citer egypt tuh logic lah kot mana datang no 9.

    kalau yang dibaling dari tempat tinggi tuh takde lah cakap 9, tapi agaknyer ada org gi baling kucing dia sampai 9 kali agaknyer. (x de keje btul nak baling kucing)

  2. Great info. makes me wonder for sometime too.

    Cats is one of Allah's wonderful creations. The automatic twisting reaction is so unique. Masya Allah.



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