Happy Caturfriday

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A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Mark Moschell. The cats' names: Bert and Kiska. Says Mark, "I am only posting this because This Never Happens!"

Mythical creatures of lumberjack lore

Wired's Matt Stone collects the monsters imagined by 19th-century lumberjacks in the wilds of North America. My favorite is the deranged splinter cat, reputed to headbutt trees, thereby causing shards of wood to fly everywhere.

The Splinter Cat
Scientific name: Nasusossificatus arbordemolieus
Responsible for: shattered trees

This husky feline is an indiscriminate destroyer of hollow trees, which it mines for bees and raccoons. Climbing a tree, it propels itself off with powerful legs right into another, blasting the trunk with its wedge-shaped snout and reinforced noggin. The experienced frontiersman knows well “the moronic activities of the Splinter Cat,” writes Henry H. Tryon, who published his own Fearsome Critters in 1939, three decades after Cox’s encyclopedia. “If the Cat finds food in the ruptured trunk, he is temporarily appeased. If not, he goes immediately for another tree. And right there is the big trouble. The Cat doesn’t use any judgment in selecting trees, he just smashes one after another until he gets a meal.”

Beach Cat: photos from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

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Boing Boing reader Simon Turkas captured this "Beach Cat."

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Cat encounter, remix

At the suggestion of Boing Boing reader FoolishOwl, I added an appropriate soundtrack to Ben Frisch's video of an encounter between his cats. [YouTube Link]

Cat encounter

By Ben Frisch. [Video Link]

At the suggestion of Boing Boing reader FoolishOwl, I added an appropriately cinematic soundtrack.

Hubble Cat

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Hubble Ultra Deep Field Cat. So many galaxies!

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The formal cat fantasy portraiture of Eldar Zakirov

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Man, I love this guy's work--particularly the cats. Eldar Zakirov is on DeviantArt, and you can support his high weirdness by purchasing prints. He is based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Website here.

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Double amputee cat does flying handstand down stairs

Now that's inspiring.

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'The Cat Says The Lid Stays Closed,' from Jonathan Mann's 'Animals' album

[Video Link] "The Cat Says The Lid Stays Closed," an animated ditty from the Album "Animals" by Jonathan "Song A Day" Mann. Give him some dough if you like his work.

Dreams are Real (video)

"Time travel. Space Exploration. Violence. Drama. Love. Cats. Dreams." Starring cats Hank and Buster. Cinematography, Editing and VFX by Ryan Barger, Production design by Katie Akana. The song "Dreams are Real" was written and recorded by Ryan Barger. [HT: Dean Putney]

Caturday

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Boing Boing reader Benjamin G. Levy shares this photo in our Flickr Pool. "Hannah relaxes with her bear friend."

Now Entering Hy-fur-space

Shoop: XJ.


Shoop: XJ.

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Kitten surfing on some pizza in rainbow outer space

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CATable desk designed for humans and cats

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The CATable integrates crawl spaces to keep your kitty happy. (Laughing Squid)

DIY AT-AT cat house

Would you like to make your own felt cat house in the shape of a Star Wars AT-AT? First, you'll need a cat. [The Owner Build Network. Thanks, Heather!]