Suki the flying cat goes 12 miles at top speed on Xmas Eve

Never trust a GPS.

Did Plymouth cat Suki hitch a lift with Santa on Christmas Day? | Plymouth Herald.

A cat fitted with a GPS device was tracked travelling nearly 12 miles at a top speed of 182mph at midnight on December 24.

Suki, who lives in Manadon with Melony Gallagher, travelled halfway across Plymouth in a matter of minutes and back again – twice – according to the G-paws data logger.

“Occasionally when the unit runs a little low on power it will only take a partial reading and second guess where it is.” [says G-paws Managing director Dave Evans]

“It sometimes gets it wrong which results in spikes in the tracklog.”

A glitch sounds like a very plausible explanation. Way better than the Santa one the articles jokes about. The unit had been fine for weeks.

The article is obviously done with tongue planted firmly in cheek, claiming to have tried to get a hold of Santa as well as Norad, who does an annual mock up of tracking Santa’s travels over the world on Christmas Eve/Day. A cute story. It would have been funny but a bit worrisome to watch this happen in real time!

GPS Warning: “WARNING All data is presented for your reference only. You assume total responsibility and risk associated with using this device.”

  5 comments for “Suki the flying cat goes 12 miles at top speed on Xmas Eve

  1. December 31, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I have personally seen a one hundred mile GPS position error while flying. Pilots rely on GPS to a greater degree than almost any other group, but it’s never used by itself. It is always checked against the aircraft’s inertial reference system (in airliners and military aircraft), radio navigation aids, charts, and what you can see out the window.

  2. Dave Bailey
    January 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Glitch. According to the record on my Garmin, my top speed recorded during the year that I’ve had it was 199 km/h. Yeah, right, and I drive a 2001 Subaru Legacy wagon. A few months ago, while driving near skiing country in central Ontario (moderate elevation), it showed our elevation as -350 metres, and that we were driving through the field about 500 metres left of the road.

  3. terrence
    January 1, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    I have three GPS’s. Once I found directions and distance for a 75 km trip on Google maps; I then checked each GPS.

    I got FOUR results – two were out by 20 km; none were closer than about 5 to 7 Km (I forget which ones).

    On another occasion, a GPS said to turn right in 500 meters; then turn right – if I did, I would have driven off the road into a canyon several hundred feet deep. About 10 minutes later; it announced I had arrived at my destination – I was driving down a two lane mountain road at 10:00 pm!.

    They can be helpful – not do NOT take the literally; be sure to hit the re-set button if it seems weird.

  4. Chris
    January 1, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Suki did it using mirrors!

    That is only half in jest. When we were using our GPS in downtown Vancouver, BC we found that our location bounced all over the place, especially around shiny buildings. I am guessing that the tall buildings with lots of reflective glass were not exactly giving the satellite a straight signal of our location.

    Terrence, on that same trip our GPS said to turn left, turn left into a mall, and then turn right to get to our hotel. We did not know why. The next time we got off of that same freeway exit we just turned right. Some how I think it was just trying get business to the mall. Well we did have to get cell phones there since our cheap phones stopped working a few meters north of the border. Fido (a Canadian cell phone company) still sends us emails, I have no idea where those phones are now. And the GPS did tell warn us of a major backup when there was an accident. (turns out one town we visited is the site of Storybrooke of “Once Upon a Time”, I wondered why it looked so familiar).

    Dave Bailey, there might have been reflection from snow covered hills.

  5. Dave Bailey
    January 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    “Dave Bailey, there might have been reflection from snow covered hills.”

    Not many of those in August!

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