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Do cats really have nine lives?


Blame it on the saying “A cat has nine lives.”

It all started from an English proverb saying “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.”

When multiplied, the ending number equals nine, and that’s probably how it started. Although the proverb is not to be taken seriously, the nine lives myth goes farther back in history.

Nine is a number with mysterious, almost magical connotation. The ancient Greeks believed the number nine was a mystic number which invoked tradition and was referred to as the trinity of all Trinities.

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It is also possible that men believe that cats have nine lives due to their ability to stand on their feet even after a bad fall.

Their lightning reflexes allow them to right themselves immediately following a fall, even from a really high place.

That gives cats the impression that they can survive practically any catastrophe.

One source states: Cats have a huge reputation for their jumping and landing abilities. When they jump, they can jump high and when they land, they usually land upright, upon their feet! Cats have been known to fall off buildings during an earthquake and still survive or emerge from a collapsed building. Thanks to their ‘righting reflex’, they are able to twist and turn around very quickly as they fall through the air. Their extremely good balance coupled with their flexible backbones adds to their survivability capabilities.’’

The multiple cat life myth exists in the cultures of various countries. Some Spanish-speaking countries believe cats have seven lives while Arabic and Turkish tales claim cats have six.

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TRIVIA PA MORE: Kit Kat was originally made by Rowntree Limited, until 1988 when they were bought out by Nestle.

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Juicy Fruit and Wrigley’s Spearmint gums are more than 100 years old!

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Gummy Bears are only 79 millimetres long in length.

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Chocolate can kill dogs. It directly affects their heart and nervous system.

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Deep fried chocolate bars contain about 850 calories per bar.

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The world’s oldest chocolates are 106 years old— a tin of chocolates from the coronation of King Edward VII from 1902.

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Sugar is the only taste that humans are born craving.

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