EUROPEANS THOUGHT TORTURING CATS WAS HILARIOUS
The cat piano, below, was originally designed to ligthen the mood of a depressed and stressed out Italian prince. It was first was catalogued in the Musurgia Universalis in 1650.
Cats were 'auditioned' to find ones with the correct pitch, and then placed into pens. When the player pushed the keys, a stick poked the cat in the anus.
Apparently Europeans, back then at least, thought torturing cats was hilarious.
Originally reported on the Impact Lab site.