Maru, the chubby Japanese box-entering cat, has been getting quite a lot of attention lately. He’s not only appeared in American Fresh Step Kitty Litter commercials, but is now the subject of a catchy new song, the “Zen Maru the Cat Song.” Sing along, too: just follow the bouncing Maru head! The graphics near the end are awesome.
The song was written by Jonathan Mann, who has written one song a day for three years (hear them all here; you can download any of them, including the Maru song [#150] for a “name your price” fee).
And here’s is a scientific experiment conducted on video by Maru’s pseudonymous owner, “mugumogu”. The object is to determine whether there is any box so small that Maru won’t try to climb into it. His attempt to squeeze himself into what looks like a french fry box, at 2:14, is hilarious.
Note the scientific conclusion at the end: “Maru never gives up entering as long as there is a box there.”