Yes it’s a truism, but has anyone ever dropped a piece of toast and watched it land on the carpet buttered side up? What is all that about?!

I remember once being told that the secret of perpetual motion had finally been proven experimentally: you strap a piece of buttered toast to the back of a cat and drop it from the top of a skyscraper – it will keep spinning ad infinitum since a cat always lands on its feet and a slice of toast will always land buttered side down.

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Illustration by Tony Husband

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