PETA‘s gonna need a time machine! The University of Pennsylvania recently digitized some 16th century drawings that were once prepared for a German prince during a peasant uprising in the year 1530. The images found their way to researcher Mitch Fraas, who upon closer observation discovered that the drawings feature KITTIES IN JETPACKS!
Yes, the cats were sporting jet packs even back in 1530! I just knew it! I guess the artist in question was pitching the idea of cats as a weapons to the German prince during their uprising, the idea being that the cats would eventually catch fire, and find their way back to their home (to the peasant farms) setting the whole farm on fire. MAKES SENSE! (no, it doesn’t.)
“Sort of a harebrained scheme,” says Frass, with the benefit of 500 years of hindsight. “It seems like a really terrible idea, and very unlikely the animals would run back to where they came from. More likely they’d set your own camp on fire.”
If only they’d had the vision to understand cats’ true purpose, which is being photographed for the internet and captioned in baby-talk by grown adults. Their lack of foresight is embarrassing!