A small tornado that struck Chobham, England, left 13,000 without power over the weekend—and was said to have "lifted cats in the air."
Local fire crews also found extensive damage to trees and roofs from the storm, which also dumped hail and heavy rain on the county of Surrey, the BBC reported.
"We've got four feral cats in the yard and they were being lifted off the ground - about 6ft off the ground," said area woman Shirley Clay, adding that the animals were uninjured by the ordeal. "They just went round like a big paper bag."
Serious tornados are extremely rare in Britain, though the tabloids there claim weather data proves the nation is a 'hotspot' of miniature whirlwinds that usually go unnoticed.
Chobham 'mini-tornado lifted cats in air'
Hey, found this on my computer
. No idea what I made it for, but it appears to feature an evil cat god summoned to our plane by the power of Wardenclyffe Tower. You can have it now! [Warning: autoplaying audio] — Rob
I've been posting stuff to the Internet since the early 1990s, and in all that time, I've never felt the need to post a picture of a cat anywhere. Today, that changes. This is the cat pic I was born to post. And, conveniently enough, it's another one of those Tumblr finds that I can't source (it dead ends with a Piccsy account for a user called sharoninauburn). So I guess that makes this the weekly re-attributor post: if you think you can figure out who made this, get sleuthing and post your answers in the comments.
: We have a source
! Our own Rob Beschizza ran this one to ground
, tracing it to the Flickr account of Fun9us
, who has moar
Godzilla? I Thought This Was Dogzilla
(via Seanan McGuire)
Via Laughing Squid
, we have learned of the existence of the best Tumblr of all time: Des Hommes et des Chatons
. Hot guys paired with kitties in matching poses.
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The Black Cat Truffle, by heavenly-chocolate.com.
Below, a sneaky-cam shot of Miss Shelley Winters, the cat companion of web comic artist R. Stevens. Rich sent me a care package to cheer me up around a recent surgery, and they contained an assortment of delicious cat-shaped vegan chocolates.
The Black Cat Truffle, by heavenly-chocolate.com: "Dark chocolate ganache in the shape of a cat with sunflower seeds for ears, enrobed in dark chocolate and hand-decorated." I am enjoying its decapitated head while sipping my morning coffee out of one of R. Stevens' "Fucking Coffee" mugs.
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I am a dog person, mostly, but that does not mean I can't acknowledge that they are an easy mark. [Video Link.]
Update: Huh, "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Huffington Post." Looks like this edited compilation of other people's youtube clips can thereby only be viewed at HuffPo itself.
Batman and Captain America rescued a cat from a burning home. (via Cosey Fanni Tutti)
This Saturday, celebrate the eternal kitten-ness of Lil Bub with a group art show at Spoke Art in San Francisco, featuring purrrrty new work by our pals Ransom & Mitchell and dozens of other artists! You can even meet Lil Bub at the gallery from 1 to 3pm. The Lil Bub group show complements Casey Weldon's "Meow Brow" show at Spoke Art's second gallery right next door. Below (and NSFW) is Ransom & Mitchell's "plz can i haz?" which will be available as a limited edition 8x10 print for $45 with a portion of sales going to the SPCA!
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Colonel Meow is the world's furriest cat, entering the Guinness Book of Records thanks to his 22.87cm (9in) mane.
Tired of cleaning up your own vomit? [Tenthlifecats via Arbroath]
With three cats in the house, fur gets all over our furniture and clothes. I didn’t want to make a dozen Monkey Couch Guardians, so I bought a Love Glove to attack the problem at its source – on the cats.
The Love Glove looks like an oven mitt. The palm side is covered with rubber nubs. To use it, you simply pet your cat. The loose fur comes off and sticks to the glove. It’s easy to peel off. My cats go into throes of ecstasy when I use the Love Glove on them. They even get excited just seeing me approach them with the glove on my hand.
I have collected a lot of fur so far. My younger daughter is saving it because she to make the projects in Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat. -- Mark
Love Glove Grooming Mitt for Cats $6
I don't usually read books about pets, but something about A Street Cat Named Bob intrigued me, and once I started reading it I found I couldn't put it down. It's about a heroin-addicted London street busker named James Bowen who finds an injured stray cat and nurses him back to health. This simple act of kindness to an animal had a profound effect on Bowen's life. Enjoy the following excerpt.
I had to take Bob to a vet. I set my alarm early and got up to give the cat a bowl of mashed biscuits and tuna. It was another grey morning, but I knew I couldn’t use that as an excuse.
Inside the center, it was like stepping into a scene from hell. It was packed, mostly with dogs and their owners, most of whom seemed to be young teenage blokes with skinhead haircuts and aggressive tattoos. Seventy per cent of the dogs were Staffordshire Bull Terriers that had almost certainly been injured in fights with other dogs, probably for people’s amusement.
People always talk about Britain as a ‘nation of animal lovers’. There wasn’t much love on display here, that was for sure. The way some people treat their pets really disgusts me.
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This great shot of a cheetah family comes from the Serengeti camera traps set up by University of Minnesota researcher Ali Swanson. The cameras are activated by heat and motion, and Swanson uses the help of citizen scientists to sort through the many, many pictures and identify species — a process that helps the scientists learn how those other big animals interact with the prides of lions that live in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park.
Check out some other great photos from the camera traps at Minnesota Public Radio's Daily Circuit blog. (I'm a big fan of the dueling buffalo.)
Head to Snapshot Serengeti to help scientists learn about how animals live.
Yesterday, guest blogger Madeleine Johnson had a story here about a piece of ancient Peruvian pottery — in the shape of a very grumpy little cat. If you haven't read her story, you really should. It's all about the great cat memes of ancient history and how archaeologists can use clues from an artwork to track down who made it, where, and when.
My friend Andrew was kind enough to adapt Ancient Grumpy Cat into the form of a modern cat meme. That's his picture above. Madeleine and I also put together another one, based on Ancient Grumpy Cat's probable history as a ceremonial mug for drinking a corn beer called chicha:
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