Isaac Newton applied his considerable brain power to work out what holds the universe
together –Many historians believe Newton also to be the inventor of the traditional cat flap.
It Is Said Newton’s experiments were interrupted constantly by his feline friends, frustrated by the cats scratching at the door and annoyed by their shadows affecting the oil lamps of his Cambridge University office. Newton summoned a carpenter and had him saw holes into the door.
One large hole for the mother cat and one small hole for her kittens. The story goes that the smaller kitten always followed his mother out therefore never used the cat flap.
“Whether this account is true or false, indisputably true is that there are in the door to this day two plugged holes of proper dimensions for the respective egresses of cat and kitten,” wrote a Newton contemporary some years after the scientist’s death [source: Wright].
Whether you believe it or not Newton could have invented one of the world’s most popular and useful animal accessories – A Funny quirk of history is that Dr Nick Hill a Cambridge physicist like Newton invented the microchip cat flap.
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