Caturday: First World Cat Problems

Hubby and I are crazy busy with work. Sorry guys. But this is too funny. Enjoy these first world cat problems.

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Caturday: Cats Know How to Relax

Unfortunately for us, my wife and I will be in lab this Labor Day.  But at least cats know how to relax.  Buzzfeed has a list of 13 cats having a better weekend than me.


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Caturday: Acoustic Kitty

Blaine sent me this damn interesting post about Operation Acoustic Kitty, a Cold-War-era plan to use cats as listening devices.  Basically, the CIA took a cat, surgically implanted a listening device into it (they put the antenna — where else? — in the tail) and then trained it to hang around one person.  Predictably, things did not go as planed.

After several surgeries and intensive training, the cyborg cat was ready for its first field test. The CIA drove the cat to a Soviet compound on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C., and let him out of a parked van across the street. The cat ambled into the road, and was struck by a taxi almost immediately. Five years of effort and over $15 million in spending were reduced to roadkill in an instant. Shorty after its demise a CIA operative returned to the accident site and put the cat’s remains into a container to prevent the Soviets from getting their paws on the sensitive and expensive listening devices.

I imagine a lot of Cold-War-era plans went like Operation Acoustic Kitty: start with a ridiculous plan, spend lots of money, end in disaster.  Good times.

Caturday Twofer: Two Posts in One Day!

I received one complaint recently (probably from my mother) about my lack of Caturday posts.  So here’s a Caturday and  Book Review (see below).

Stephen Jay Gould cat helps me read in the tub. (What? It's 100 degrees out and the tub is so cool.)

Next week I’ll respond to one reader’s questions about evolution and common ancestry.

OMG, get off my case, mom!