#TheSchrödingerCat is out! But is it going up or down?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2015 09:48 IST

Just a month after a Scottish woman triggered a global debate over the colour of a dress she wore to a wedding, the digital world is trying to make up its mind about whether a cat is going up or down the stairs in a photo.

#TheSchrödingerCat is the latest puzzle unleashed on the digital world and social media users have been arguing on the direction of the movement of the feline since Friday.

Here you go. Where is the cat headed? Now go nuts over whether it is going #upstairs or #downstairs.

If one were to go by the views of a majority of HT readers who participated in an online poll, the cat is moving upwards. But the rest of the world is yet to firmly make up its mind.

While Buzzfeed was responsible for #thedress going viral, photo and video sharing website 9GAG is behind the cat illusion. While the debate is new, the photo of the cat is more than two years old - it was originally posted on a website in 2012.

Netizens have already started the #upstairs vs #downstairs fight. Check out the replies in our facebook post.

The image is doing the rounds of all social media platforms and a post on the online image sharing platform imgur.com has gone viral. People are analysing the positioning of the cat's tail, the blurred images of the wall on both sides of the staircase and even the stairs to try and reckon the direction of movement of the feline.


One Facebook user, probably with better knowledge of cats, posted that he thought the cat was going down. “When cats go down the stairs, they raise their tail to maintain balance. When they go up, the tails remain down cause balance isn't an issue," he wrote.

During the #thedress conundrum, one faction strongly rooted for "yellow and gold" and another for "black and blue" before it was revealed that the second choice was the correct one. Scientists even provided detailed explanations of why people may have been confused about the colour of the dress.

Forget #thedress people, here is the latest internet conundrum #TheSchrödingerCatThe question is simple. Is it going upstairs or downstairs? Go nuts.

Posted by Hindustan Times on Friday, April 10, 2015

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