| (April 1999, Canada) A Toronto condo resident
in Miississauga, Ont., came home with a bag of cement to do some
repairs on his driveway. He stored the bag in his garage till
needed. His 12-year old son discovered the bag, thought it was
cool stuff and proceeded to feed the family kitten with a mixture
of wet cat food and cement.
The kitten died within hours on the kitchen floor with a belly
hard as rock. The kid, afraid of being found out, shoved the
kitten into the waste disposal unit in the kitchen sink. After
supper, the mother turned on the unit and a fragment of cement
from the cat's belly hit her squarely in the forehead. With
a yelp, she collapsed onto the floor while the husband ran into
the kitchen and looked into the waste disposal unit. Another
fragment of cement went through his left eye into his brain.
I've heard this firsthand and still don't believe it, but
it's a true story, I swear, even if I can't prove it.
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Submitted by Pierre
argues for Urban Legend status:
" I find this tale, with its infantile inventive, hard to
believe. Why would a kid that age mix cement with cat food,
and how could he get the kitty to eat a sufficient quantity
to support the rest of the story? He would have found it necessary
to stuff the poor animal worse than a goose for foie-gras.
"Furthermore, what child would hide a carcass from his
mother ... in the dishwasher? In a corner of his closet, behind
the garage, almost anywhere else would have been more realistic.
"And finally, the laws of physics hold everywhere except
in urban legends. This story suspends the laws of physics in
two says. First, concrete hardens slowly, reaching its full
strength only after 28 days. In the time span implied by this
tale, even "set" concrete will crumble under low levels of force,
much less under the ravages of a trash disposal's blades. Second,
while a garbage disposal has the potential to impart high velocity
to an object, the fact remains that such velocity is in a horizontal
direction, not in the implausibly favorable quasi-vertical direction
required to strike two consecutive schmoes on their faces. And
as already stated, freshly-set concrete crumbles easily and
would not have penetrated someone eye to reach the brain. By
comparison, a .38 bullet would have roughly four times the mass,
and 100 to 1000 times the velocity, and would not pulverize
"Although it is inventive, this tale is a product of a
fertile imagination, rather than an actual occurrence."