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Fat Cat


Maybe Chuck has deemed "animals inherit estate" stories NO LONGER WEIRD. But such was not the case in 1966.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Sep 19, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Money, Cats, 1960's

Stuff for your cat

I can't imagine a cat ever using this cat exercise wheel (apart from the one cat in the video whom they've somehow convinced to demonstrate it). And yet, the creators of this have not only met their funding goal on Kickstarter but have gone well over it.

And in other unusual cat products, here's a cat feeder that uses "cat facial recognition technology" while dispensing the food so that, if you have multiple cats, you can make sure each one gets the proper amount. No more, no less.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jul 17, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Cats

Follies of the Madmen #222

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 22, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Cats

Nonesuch, the Cat-Dog

In 1937, the Journal of Heredity (vol 28, no. 3). published an article about an unusual kitten that looked very much like a dog. The kitten was called "Nonesuch."

this little animal — now about two months old — is about the queerest looking creature one could hope to set eyes upon. Its face is that of a black, white, and yellow spotted dog. Its ears are quite long and sharp-pointed. It has the short whiskers of a puppy. The hind legs are amusingly bowed. It has a stub tail. What makes the nonesuch even more unusual appearing is the short smooth dog hair all over its cat-like body.

From the very moment of its birth, which was about twelve hours after the rest of the litter, the nonesuch was surprisingly independent in its actions. It was born with its eyes open, and was able to crawl a little — two characteristics quite unknown to new-born kittens.

The nonesuch acts both like a cat and a dog. While it makes a noise like a cat, it sniffs its food like a dog. Nothing delights the nonesuch more than gnawing a bone in a very dog-like manner.

However, although Nonesuch looked like a dog, she was definitely a cat, which she proved by giving birth to a litter of kittens a year later.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue May 13, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Cats, Dogs, 1930's

Follies of the Madmen #215

Does anyone under the age of fifty even know who Felix the Cat is anymore? Having a character born in 1919 as your "hip" cartoon representative seems a somewhat dubious move to me. And Felix is only onscreen for like a millisecond.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 26, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Cats, 1910's

Mischief Again!


I understand Michael Bay has already optioned this book for his next film, due to its over-the-top action.

View the whole book here.

The author.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 19, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Cats, Dogs, 1950's

How to Pet a Cat

And you thought this was something you learned by age three!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 04, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Eccentrics, Cats

Cat Theater Reopens

Good news. The Moscow Cat Theater (previously mentioned, quite a few times, by Chuck) has reopened after a year-long absence. Below are some videos of the cat theater in action.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Apr 15, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Theater and Stage, Cats

Charley Says

In this dangerous world, God help all kids who don't have a child-sized cat friend with feline Tourette's Syndrome.

So popular, they have been collected on DVD.

Not to be confused with this other "Charlie says!"

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 27, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Death, Disasters, PSA's, Advertising, Candy, Cats, Europe

Puking Kitty Gravy Boat

Made by GingerEla, who's now raising money on Kickstarter in order to sell these to the general public. Pledge $35 or more to her Kickstarter campaign, and one of these will be yours if she meets her campaign goal of $14,000. She's almost halfway there, with 15 more days to go.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Dec 13, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Food, Cats
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