Curious cat video
Curious cat video: a cute one which reminds us that cats like to stick their noses into things. So curiosity killed the cat? Is that right? It is an old saying which implies that the domestic cat is too curious for their own good. Their curiosity gets them into trouble. It is a idiom-proverb which warns humans (you can't stop cats doing it!) that if you investigate too far and too much it can bring trouble on you. Note: sometimes these sorts of videos stop working and if that has happened I am sorry.
But the origin is in an entirely different word: "care". The original saying was "Care killed the cat". In this instance 'care' means concern and concern leads to worry. If you worry too much it can harm your health.
The origin of the saying "Care killed the cat" is found in a 1598 play by Ben Jonson. His play contains the line: "Helter skelter, hang sorrow, care will kill a cat, up-tails all, and a pox on the hangman."
I wonder why he decided to use a cat in the line? It must have occurred to him through observing perhaps a female cat caring for her kittens; fussing around doing her very best to keep them safe.
|Curiosity killed the cat? No. Screenshot.|
There is no possibility of the cats in the video being harmed. It is a neat point of view to place a camera at the base of a tube. The lens of the camera provides a point of view that a mouse would experience when about to be attacked and eaten by a family cat.