Schrödinger's cat

This one gets more puzzled looks than any of our other designs, so here goes:

Schrödinger's cat is a thought experiment postulated by Erwin Schrödinger in 1935 to illustrate an apparent paradox in quantum superposition. Quantum superposition is a theory that states that a quantum system such as an atom or photon exists as a combination of multiple states corresponding to different outcomes. A prevailing theory called the Copenhagen interpretation holds that the quantum system remains in superposition until it either interacts with or is observed by the external world. In other words, sh*t doesn't get real until someone sees it.

Schrödinger's thought experiment places a live cat in a sealed steel box that contains a very small amount of radioactive substance that might decay over the course of an hour or so, or it might not. Also in that box is a sealed container of hydrocyanic acid that is released and kills the cat if one of the atoms in the radioactive substance decays. If an atom decays, the poison is released and the cat dies. If no atom decays, the cat's in good shape. So, Schrödinger's cat is both dead and alive until you open the box and determine if one of the atoms decayed.

So, whether or not the atom has decayed, that cat is stuck inside a steel box with a flask of hydrocyanic acid and a radioactive substance. I'm pretty sure that isn't the cat's happy place.

Either way, it sucks to be Schrödinger's cat.