Cats’ Eyes

Hello there fiends!

How are you all this week? I am okay, but a little sad because I have noticed that cats seem to be getting far too much attention. What with Grumpy Cat coming to London, #caturday Saturdays and now my new discovery of Cats’ Eyes it seems they’re getting all the fame!

I was on a walk with Mum and we were carefully crossing the road when I noticed the big studs down the middle of the road.
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Mum explained they were there so that at night drivers could see the road ahead and know which side to stay on, they’re called cat’s eyes. Can you believe it! Now I’m sure dog’s eyes work just as well, even if science says that cats’ are better at reflecting the light, so I think there is clear favouritism for cats surfacing here and I’m not all that happy about it.

I went home and decided to look into how these pretend Cat’s Eyes work. They were invented by a Yorkshireman called Percy Shaw in 1929 after his headlights were reflected from the eyes of a cat beside the road. He thought this kind of technology would be handy in making the roads safer.

Cat’s eyes are made up of two pairs of reflective glass spheres in a flexible white rubber dome that is protected by a cast iron surrounding. They are really clever because they are also self-cleaning, so when a car drives over one, or a dog walks on one, they are pushed down inside the rubber and, like an eyelid, it cleans all the muck off of the eye!

I found this great YouTube video that explains it in more detail for those of you who are interested!

As annoying as it is that such a cool invention is because of cats, Cats’ Eyes have saved many lives as road traffic accidents at night reduced dramatically.

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Although I know that the technology is always being improved and some roads now feature LED studs which are even better than traditional Cats’ Eyes… I won’t tell them if you won’t!

Next week I’ll be talking about the Rio Olympics which start on 5th August! Send me your sporting photos on Facebook

Until next time fiends

R x

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