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Follies of the Madmen #539

Source: Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)29 Feb 1956, Wed Page 13

It's worth taking a look at the other more-legible images after the jump.








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Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 08, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Advertising, Cats, Dogs, North America, Mental Health and Insanity

The Amazing Acro-Cats







Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 05, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Entertainment, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Cats

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 45



Karl Hubbuch 1881-1979 "Dialog (Myriam with cat)" c 1953

The artist's Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 03, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Art, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Cats, 1950s

Petrarch’s Cat

If you make a visit to Italy and visit the museum-home of the author Petrarch, you will get to see the mummified body of his adored cat.

Or so the legend goes. Actually, the cat corpse is a mere four hundred years old, created by the person who owned the house in the 1600s.

Read about it here.



Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 12, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Historical Figure, Cats, Europe

The Health Dangers of Sleeping on a Hartmann Line

My Great Aunt recently died at the age of 100. Throughout her life she was very much into alternative medicine, and she kept hundreds of newsletters from various alt-health practitioners. Most of them aren't particularly interesting, but while going through her stuff I've found a few oddities, such as a 1990 newsletter warning of the danger of sleeping on Hartmann Lines.

I'd never heard of Hartmann Lines. Wikipedia describes them as "a scientifically unproven grid of invisible energy lines of the Earth's inherent radiation".

But how to know if you're sleeping on a Hartmann line? Well, if you've got a cat and it likes to sleep in your bed, you may be in trouble because apparently cats love sleeping on Hartmann lines. (I'm in trouble!)

I've posted a few snippets from the newsletter below, and also uploaded the full newsletter as a pdf file.







Posted By: Alex - Tue May 24, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Health, Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil, Cats

Cat Boxing

I wasn't aware that there was such a thing as cat boxing. Cats fight all the time, of course. But to box each other at a set time in front of a crowd — I didn't think they would cooperate with such an indignity.



Detroit Free Press - June 16, 1939



Update: Paul revealed to me the existence of this old video produced by Thomas Edison, circa 1894, showing cats boxing. So I guess cat boxing is a long-established thing.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 14, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Sports, Cats, 1930s

The cat that climbed the Matterhorn

Sep 1950: A group of climbers who made it to the top of the Matterhorn were astonished to find a kitten at the summit. Apparently it had made its way up there without any human assistance, perhaps following some other climbers. The climbers put the kitten in one of their backpacks and carried it back down.

While the story seems hard to believe, it's pretty well documented. The website Cervinia Icons has a brief article written in 2016 by one of the climbers, Luigi Orombelli, who found the cat. From his account:

Shortly after seven o’clock a lone mountaineer arrives on top: he’s about my age, confident, elegant.

We introduce ourselves, but the conversation is soon interrupted: we hear strange noises. “It must be those guys” says Daniel, indicating the group of climbers playing around the Swiss peak. The calls continue and more start sounding like a mew. But, suddenly, two ears appear: a cat is struggling on a thin ledge just below us, meowing and rushing toward us. The meows and his movements revealed fact that he was cold and hungry.

Climbers at the Matterhorn summit with cat



Coshocton Tribune - Sep 7, 1950

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 24, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Cats, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #524


Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 27, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Robots, Technology, Advertising, Cats, Asia, Pregnancy

The Houndcats

A series so obscure (only 13 episodes) that not even Wikipedia knows of it.

Their IMDB page reveals:

The Houndcats were five crack agents--leader Stutz, strongman Muscle Mutt, master of disguise Puddy Puss, electronics whiz Rhubarb and daredevil Dingdong--who received instructions of their latest mission via exploding tape-recordings and used their specialties to foil evil. If this sounds a bit like "Mission: Impossible", it's no coincidence. Sparkplug was the name of their car which took them to their assignments.



Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 24, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Cartoons, Cats, 1970s

Dining table with cat-hole

The Japanese store Dinos is selling an oak table with a hole in the center to allow a cat to poke its head through. The product description states: "You will be healed by your cat who pops out of the hole in the table."

The table costs 159,500 yen, which is about $1500.



Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 22, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Furniture, Cats

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