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Jul 04, 2006


Tonight, you rest easy knowing that one of the MANY questions you constantly ask yourself is finally answered: Just how many kilograms of fish can one cat carry? Inquiring Japanese minds found the answer for you! Click below to find out—and, sleep well, my friends.

Once again, big thanks to Ant for carrying this fat VideoSift video over to us.

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I love Japanese TV. Lived there for a year and couldn't get enough of the odd variety shows.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 06:13 PM

Give a cat a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a cat to fish, and he'll say "Screw that-- I'm taking your mackerel."

J. Bo
 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 06:23 PM

It looks like the japanese have way too much time on their hands. I for one am grateful because I have not laughed like this in a long time. Great video!

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 06:27 PM

I love the Japanese...this just gives be more reason to...

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 06:30 PM

can you post the link to that? i cant find it on youtube :( they have lots of other Trivia no izumi clips on there though.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 06:36 PM

Beezarre! I must say my favourite part was the fish with the open mouth - it looked absolutely shocked that the cat was taking it away.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 06:38 PM

1. Those are some well-fed cats, 'specially the white guy.
2. I can't believe I just spent 11 minutes watching a video about cats carrying fish--and laughing so hard.
3. I REALLY wish I understood what the commentators were saying.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 06:45 PM

LOL! 2 whole kilos.

I bet that white kitty was super full!

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 06:46 PM

Cats RULE!!!
But we already knew that.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 06:51 PM

The Japanese sure know how to captivate me. This was much better than any American reality show or trivia show.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:06 PM

Here's the URL.


I'm not too surprised. A sufficiently determined cat could probably pick up an entire Apache helicopter if it felt like it. Or at least sit and stare at the helicopter with an expression that said that it could, which is almost the same thing.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:13 PM

I agree with the white kitty. :D Screw going out, I'm eating in!

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:17 PM


 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:25 PM

i thoroughly enjoyed that! i'm still smiling.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:34 PM

Trivia no Izumi has done some other really cute animal related trivia too; they did a whole series on dogs and their masters-related trivia...

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:35 PM

Go, Kinkytailed White Kitty!

Hilarious! And happily none of those kittys looked nutrition deprived in the least!

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:37 PM

Sure thing, Haylan, the link is already there, it's the 'VideoSift' link above.


 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:39 PM

So now we know. I can rest easy at night now knowing officially that cats can carry a maximum of 2 kilograms of fish.

Seriously. This is friggin' hilarious. The Japanese are a strange and wonderful people. Where else would men in white lab coats set out fish on slabs for cats to carry off? ...I shall dream of fish-carrying cats.

A thinker
 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:44 PM

God I love the Japanese. This is insanely cool and funny.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:48 PM

Lol....it's great...I just forwarded the link to my inlaws in Tokyo!

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:48 PM

Oh, man, I miss Japanese TV. Particularly, I love how they have the "cat expert" intoning totally obvious stuff: "Yes, it looks like he's just going to eat it."

Gotta note, though, that in my funky little corner of Japan (Niigata Prefecture) is the only place I've ever seen a cat posted on a leash out in someone's front yard, like a watch dog. He was a giant tricolor bobtail, must have weighed 20 pounds--surely capable of carrying away a 2 kilo fish.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 07:58 PM

Man oh man. This is definitely one for the Journal of Irreproducible Results.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 08:39 PM

that is 10 min. of my life I will never get back!

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 08:42 PM

Oh. ma. gawd.
That was too friggin funny. I don't understand a word of Japanese (exept "domo arigato, Mr. Roboto"...well, I don't even know what that means...) but that wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining without the animated commentators. Not that watching cats drag off big fish isn't totally entertaining enough, but I loved listening to those guys!!!

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 08:57 PM

Oh & I think it was photoshopped, BTW....heh.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 09:02 PM

The funniest parts for me:

1. the way cats "pat" at the food just to make sure it's not a toy, or perhaps still alive; and

2. the fact that they used the "Boom SHA KA LAKA" from Muppet Treasure Island.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 09:07 PM

Im sorry, but HOW is this cute. This is cruel.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 09:45 PM

Um....Kitsu...how is this cruel in any way? the cats are getting an easy meal, they're not being forced to do anything, are you saying feeding animals is cruel?

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 09:56 PM

Kitsu, you're right. Feeding domestic cats is a misguided, evil practice. I promise I'll never do it again.


 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 09:59 PM

I can't believe I sat through this whole thing! It was wonderful. Interesting point: I don't speak Japanese (I'm Korean), but I understood a lot of the commentary, because I eat a lot of sushi and heard some familiar names: sakana (generic term for fish), hirame, sanma, saba, aji, kampachi, and the last few were ever-growing sizes of maguro (tuna).

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 10:08 PM

I'm with you Theo! Until my cat puts me in my place.

Maureen: I particularly liked the - Boom ShaKAlaKA also.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 10:08 PM

The Japanese are famous for thier lucky fat cats:


These two are no exception!

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 10:25 PM

i bet jack (the cat who scared away the bear) could carry off more than 2 kg!

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 10:45 PM

Oh God, I laughed so hard. I can understand Japanese, so it was EVEN FUNNIER than if you don't understand it. The guys were complaining about how they were using really expensive and yummy fish that they wanted to eat XD

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 10:52 PM

oh... my gosh! They look like this competition was so serious! that is so awesome! Wow, I just love it.

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 11:06 PM

This show was translated for the US on Spike TV a couple years ago as "Hey! Spring of Trivia" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey!_Spring_of_Trivia. Unfortunately, I don't remember seeing that clip on the USA version. :(

 |  Jul 04, 2006 at 11:36 PM

Man, now I want sushi. :)

 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 12:34 AM

Heehee, Alana, I didn't know that was what they were saying, but it was what I was thinking - "Hey, that's *maguro*, gimme some of that!" Loved all the kitties and their determined little faces. Note the excellent posture as they carry off the fishies - "Yes, I did. I caught it myself."

 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 12:42 AM

i bet the cats were sad when they stopped leaving them fish

 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 12:44 AM

I wondered about that too, Erica. "Hey, where'd the deli go, it was right here yesterday -"

 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 12:53 AM

I'm with you, too, Theo.

I don't have a cat to stop feeding, but my dog is in for a surprise!

 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 12:57 AM

I don't understand any Japanese so they might have noted it and I don't know about it... but I sure hope the takes were either shot with a day or something inbetween or the fish was taken away from them behind the bushes... I can't imagine they ate ALL the fish they carried with them... they would've exploded!

Anyways, VERY nice video... those cats just look sooo nice when they carry away the fish. And the 'patting' as noted above was soo cute. :-D

 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 01:38 AM

ceebs, LOL!!! That is, like, funneh. Um.....Kitsu, are you serious? Cause if you are.......o_O I don't think the video was hilarious, but it was silly. I liked the part where they blanked out the cats. LOL!

 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 02:24 AM

Hilarious! The Japanese have done it again! I didn't understand a single word of the commentary, but somehow I doubt it would be anywhere near as entertaining translated into english.

 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 02:36 AM

Uh oh. If my cats see this, I'm in trouble. BIG trouble!!

 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 02:58 AM

XD *cackles* Those cats ate well that night!

Blue Phoenix
 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 04:00 AM

omg that is hilarious. I can't believe I just watched the whole thing...

 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 05:17 AM

I actually cheered when each cat would succeed!!! I loved the flashbacks to show the cat's earlier catches.
The white cat started to use physics and grabbed the bigger fish in the middle - easier to balance. Is that physics? :-)

 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 05:37 AM

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