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.
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.
Update: We have a source! Our own Rob Beschizza ran this one to ground, tracing it to the Flickr account of Fun9us, who has moar.
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.
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.