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Cat Head Bags

Made by Japanese artist Pico. They're entirely artificial. That is, not actual cat heads. But they're realistic enough that people might, for a moment, think that you're using the severed head of a cat as a handbag.

One of these will set you back about $700, but are sold only in Japan. via OhGizmo!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Oct 25, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Fashion, Cats

Town terrorized by mad cats

This sounds like it could have been the start of a horror movie. The feline version of The Birds perhaps.

Source: San Francisco Call - May 26, 1890. via WSIHN
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Apr 05, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Cats, Nineteenth Century

Meow Mansion

"Meow Mansion" is a large gingerbread house with a serious message — neuter your cat!

The house, created by artist Kazz Morohashi, is home to (gingerbread) Kitty and Boots and their 65 kittens. But since Kitty and Boots haven't been neutered, their family just keeps growing and growing. Next year it'll be up to 300. And by 2017 up to 11,000.

Which raises the question: how exactly does one neuter a gingerbread cat? [via edp24 and flickr]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Dec 19, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Cats

Disruptive Kitty Litter

BusinessWeek has ranked Kitty Litter at #73 in its list of the "85 most disruptive ideas in our history." It notes that the idea to market clay as cat litter, which happened in 1947, "meant that after millennia of scratching at the door cats could come indoors and stay there. They had long been visitors in American homes; now they were residents. In some ways it has been a hostile takeover: There are millions more cats than dogs in the U.S."

I had never thought of cat litter as a disruptive idea before. But yeah, I can definitely see the part about the hostile takeover, as I've been a victim of that takeover, enslaved to the whims of a cat.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Dec 10, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Cats

Nipper, the corn-eating cat

Nipper, cat owned by Dorothy Brinn, likes to eat his corn in comfort. His mistress fixed up this skewer and Nipper uses it for about two ears a day. The cat, a corn addict since his kitten days, likes it best with butter.
Toledo Blade - July 12, 1951
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Nov 20, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Cats, 1950's

Dagwood, the table-tennis-playing cat

From an AP story that circulated in August 1951 (example here):

PORTLAND, Ore. — This cat made such a pest of herself when Ted Matson tried to play table tennis that he finally put her on one side of the net and let her try the game on her own. That was six years ago, and the cat, Dagwood, has been playing ever since. She's adept at both the two-handed smash and the one-handed volley.

This cat was obviously born before her time. In the age of YouTube she would have been a global celebrity.

Update: Thanks to mindful webworker who found a video of Dagwood on YouTube. And as Cezar noted, it seems that Dagwood appeared on an episode of MASH. So I guess she kinda was a global celebrity.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 22, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Sports, Cats, 1950's

Cat takes center stage

November 12, 1951: As British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden was delivering an address at a meeting of the General Assembly of the U.N. in Paris, urging calm in Europe, a black cat suddenly got up on the stage and strolled across it, without a care in the world. This prompted discussion in the media as to whether the cat was a sign of good or bad luck. It was finally agreed to be a sign of good luck since a black cat in France is apparently a good omen (which I didn't know).

I think most political speeches would be greatly improved if cats randomly wandered across the stage during them.

Iowa City Press-Citizen - Nov 12, 1951

The Kokomo Tribune - Nov 20, 1951
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Oct 18, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Politics, Cats, 1950's

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
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