St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Edina, Minnesota
The Reverend Neil Alan Willard, M.Div.
“Sermon on the Amount,” October 13, 2013
Then one of [the lepers], when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. (Luke 17:15-16)
Back at the beginning of August, an unusual video was posted on YouTube. It was titled “Cat Wearing a Shark Costume Cleans the Kitchen on a Roomba.”
A Roomba, for those of you who don’t know, is a robotic vacuum cleaner that’s been around for a little more than a decade. It’s round and relatively flat, like a frisbee, and just big enough for a cat to sit on and take a ride. The cat in this video is wearing a shark suit and remains completely calm atop the Roomba, which goes back and forth across an ordinary looking kitchen floor. When it reaches a wall, the Roomba bounces back, spins around, and continues its journey. In this case, it does all of that while a cat-in-a-shark-suit spins around too. In the background, a woman is shucking ears of corn at the kitchen sink, paying no attention this odd spectacle that we, the viewers, simply can’t stop watching.
If it sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is. It’s ridiculously funny, and the video went viral. As of this morning, it had been watched on YouTube a total of 5,835,874 times. I’ll admit that the video caught my attention. I’ve watched it more than a few times.
What also caught my attention was an article about it on the Forbes website. The author, Forbes contributer Tim Worstall, is a Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute in London. Continue reading