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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 - Thu Nov 20, 2014 - Comments (10)
Category: Cats, 1950s

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 - Wed Oct 22, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Sports, Cats, 1950s

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 - Sat Oct 18, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Politics, Cats, 1950s

Fat Cat

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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 - Fri Sep 19, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Money, Cats, 1960s

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 - Thu Jul 17, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Cats

Follies of the Madmen #222

Posted By: Paul - 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 - Tue May 13, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Cats, Dogs, 1930s

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 - Sun Jan 26, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Cats, 1910s

Mischief Again!

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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 - Sun Jan 19, 2014 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Cats, Dogs, 1950s

How to Pet a Cat



And you thought this was something you learned by age three!

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 04, 2013 - Comments (10)
Category: Eccentrics, Cats

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