Category:
Animals

Mouse kills cat

This was big news back in 1934.

Though I find it somewhat hard to believe, as reported. Surely it's more plausible that the cat accidentally choked while eating a mouse, rather than the mouse purposefully plunging down the cat's throat.

Lafayette Journal and Courier - Oct 16, 1934

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 09, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Pets, 1930s

Dried Milk as Fuel



Source.


Posted By: Paul - Mon May 06, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Food, Motor Vehicles, Technology, 1930s

Follies of the Madmen #423



Flock of giant mutant kiwis in human shoes more disturbing than whimsical.

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 29, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, 1960s, Australia, Fictional Monsters

Knickers the Giant Cow

That's one big cow!

Though, technically, he's a steer, not a cow. And yeah, he looks bigger when seen alongside cattle who are relatively small.

More details.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 05, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Farming

Porpoise Oil or Locust Oil:  Your choice!



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 29, 2019 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Insects, Technology, 1920s

Man kicked in face by dead cow

Cows that attack have been a recurring theme on WU for quite a while (see here and here). Apparently, dead cows are just as dangerous as the living ones.

BERLIN (AP) — Police in southern Germany say a slaughterhouse worker suffered serious injuries after being kicked in the face by a dead cow.

In a statement, police said the cow was “killed according to regulations” early Thursday at an abattoir in Aalen, and hung from a meat hook for further processing.

Police said the carcass then kicked the man in the face, apparently due to a nerve impulse that experts say isn’t uncommon.

The 41-year-old worker was hospitalized.

Source

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 22, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Injuries

Killer Rat



Our beloved Chuck Shepherd had a category in NOTW that might even have been finally considered "no longer weird." DOG SHOOTS OWNER.

But so far as I know, he never had a rat pulling the trigger.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 19, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Death, Children, 1920s, Weapons

Official White House Squirrel Feeder

Odd trivia: Rick Feeney is arguably the longest-serving White House appointee ever, having served as the Official White House Squirrel Feeder since 1949, when Truman appointed him to the post. Having never been replaced, he presumably still holds the role. Feeney was 5 years old when appointed, which would make him about 75 now. I wonder what would happen if he wandered up to the White House and insisted on being able to perform his squirrel feeding duty.

The story goes that his father (who was Truman’s administrative assistant) took him to the White House in 1949 to meet the president, whereupon Feeney informed Truman that the White House squirrels were skinnier than the ones in Lafayette Park. So Truman promptly appointed him to be the White House squirrel feeder, noting that the Senate was in recess so their confirmation wasn’t needed. Feeney was to serve “at the pleasure of the President.”

In 1974, when Feeney was 29, he noted that it was really time for someone to replace him, but no other Squirrel Feeder has ever been appointed.

More details at Southern Maryland This Is Living.





Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin - Sep 6, 1974



A children's book published in 2016 tells the story of the White House squirrel feeder. Available on Amazon.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 03, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Politics, 1940s

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