Robert W. Wood was a physicist who joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University, my erstwhile employer, in 1901. He made significant contributions to understanding ultraviolet radiation. A place on the moon is named after him: Wood's Spot.
He kept a farm in East Hampton, Long Island, where in a barn he built a 40-foot grating spectrometer. Whenever left unused, the instrument would become clogged by cobwebs. Wood’s preferred method for clearing the webs was to take a cat and drop it in one end. The cat had to crawl the length of the tube to escape, dragging out the cobwebs with it.
From the cat's perspective, I disapprove. But it's awfully funny to imagine.