Posted by Smokey Stover on August 15, 2007
In Reply to: Herd cats through a waterfall posted by Victoria S Dennis on August 14, 2007
: : So has anyone heard this one? "It's like trying to herd cats through a waterfall" which is to say this is very difficult to almost impossible.
: I haven't heard that one, but there are several phrases like it, such as "to mind mice at a crossroads", which is traditional in Ireland (and probably quite a few other places as well) (VSD)
In the U.S., "like trying to herd cats" is heard often, without the qualifying "through a waterfall." Perhaps we just haven't heard the qualifier, or perhaps it doesn't significantly add to the difficulty of herding cats.