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Turns Out Cats Have Been Walking on Important Stuff for Basically Forever
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Posted on 02/28/2013 7:35:28 AM PST by Squawk 8888

Check out this 15th Century manuscript. Notice anything familiar? In totally-non-shocking-news-of-the-day, it turns out cats have been walking on whatever you're writing since the dawn of time. Emir O. Filipovic of the University of Sarajevo's History Department discovered the medieval kitty prints.

We can only assume that somewhere, beyond the reach of time, in a small ancient monastery in the mountains, the muffled sounds of "SNOWBALL, OFF. OFF. DOWN. GET DOWN, SNOWBALL. BAD KITTY. DAMNIT, SNOWBALL GO SOMEWHERE ELSE," carry across the medieval vales and valleys.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalhusbandry; godsgravesglyphs; kittyping
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1 posted on 02/28/2013 7:35:31 AM PST by Squawk 8888
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kitty ping.


2 posted on 02/28/2013 7:37:51 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888

I can’t remember the name of the Peter Sellers film where he takes a cat who is reclining on his desk and uses it as a blotter. I think Sellers played a lawyer.


3 posted on 02/28/2013 7:44:18 AM PST by goldi
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To: Squawk 8888

Now they do it on keyboards instead of manuscripts. Touch screens are especially fun with critters.


4 posted on 02/28/2013 7:46:05 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: Squawk 8888; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

5 posted on 02/28/2013 7:46:47 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Kitteh esteems your work nawt!


8 posted on 02/28/2013 7:51:35 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Squawk 8888

Nothin new- It`s called pussyfootin`\ and pussyfootin` around for centuries here


9 posted on 02/28/2013 7:59:51 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Marchione.)
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To: Tax-chick

Check out the manuscript pictured at the link, T-C.


10 posted on 02/28/2013 8:00:13 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I've fixed my problem with procrastination; just wait and see.)
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To: goldi
I can’t remember the name of the Peter Sellers film where he takes a cat who is reclining on his desk and uses it as a blotter.

The Wrong Box

11 posted on 02/28/2013 8:02:20 AM PST by JohnG45
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

The cat wants to be the center of attention. She sees me looking at something (keyboard, monitor) and interposes herself to replace whatever it is I’m concentrating on with her own august presence.

One of mine does, anyway. The other, with the wisdom of her years, simply sits next to the keyboard and fixes me with a steady gaze that says, “You’re supposed to be focused on ME!”


12 posted on 02/28/2013 8:11:29 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: elcid1970

HA....I’ve trained our cat .... when I’m in my office (or other places) I just loudly say “NO” and he backs away...usually to his warm window ledge. Cats CAN be trained.


13 posted on 02/28/2013 8:19:11 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Squawk 8888

And how is it that a cat is able to walk across your keyboard and magically push some combination of keys that does something to your computer that it takes you an hour to figure out how to undo it?

It’s diabolical, I tell you what.


14 posted on 02/28/2013 8:22:05 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Squawk 8888
My first dog and cat pair, Amos and Andrea, had a peculiar rollicking relationship where Amos would grab Andrea, pin her to the ground, and lick and nibble her all over until she got totally disgusted, let out a loud hiss and meow, and escape. This enabled me to use biological cat control when she got up on kitchen counters, etc. I'd just pick her up, pet her gently, and tell her she'd been a bad puddy. When Amos, who was half Black Lab and half Irish Setter, heard this he dash into the kitchen, tail wagging, ears up, and tongue out, knowing what was about to happen. After gently admonishing Andrea, I'd drop her to the happily anticipating Amos, who'd grab her by the scruff of the neck, drag her protesting form out to the living room, pin her down, and lick and nibble all over her until she managed to squirm away, loudly hissing and meowling all the time. This can also be a treatment for the keyboard walker.
15 posted on 02/28/2013 8:22:28 AM PST by libstripper
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To: Squawk 8888

WHERE DO YOU THINK THE PHRASE “CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT.” CAME FROM?...................


16 posted on 02/28/2013 8:32:41 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: goldi

The Wrong Box - Dr. Pratt - Epilogue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJbwtyHSu6E&sns=tw via @youtube


17 posted on 02/28/2013 8:33:37 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Red Badger

WHERE DO YOU THINK THE PHRASE “CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT.” CAME FROM?...................

But satisfaction brought him back. ;-D


18 posted on 02/28/2013 8:45:29 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the POTEET THEATRE in OKC! See our murals before they are painted over!)
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To: Squawk 8888

I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.


19 posted on 02/28/2013 8:46:12 AM PST by trad_anglican
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To: goodnesswins

My cat (one of them anyways) HATES being blown on. A slight puff of air and he goes RUNNIN’....


20 posted on 02/28/2013 8:49:39 AM PST by Lazamataz (Republicans have the same policies as the Democrats, except for the part where they win elections.)
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To: libstripper

That is awesome, you had a dog who was the cat’s own personal enforcement officer, LOL.


21 posted on 02/28/2013 8:52:20 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Slings and Arrows

Our girls, Shadow and Miss Hissy Slashy, are all over Hubby when he’s working (trying to anyway) on his computer upstairs. Shadow is especially stubborn. It’s his own fault because it’s easy for them to get at him. He has a nice, easy-to-jump-on desk that is completely bare on one side.

I have solved this problem by setting up a cat-obstacle course. They get partway through it on the way to my keyboard, and give up.


22 posted on 02/28/2013 8:52:37 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: Squawk 8888; Slings and Arrows

Feles medievales potest habere cheezburgers

23 posted on 02/28/2013 9:03:41 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Mine just walked across the keyboard. There’s so much cat hair in the keys that half don’t work and most of my typos are due to her laying on my hands. She also loves the warm vent and never mind that blocking it will burn up the computer. I keep telling her one day I’m going to fire up the grill but she just licks my chin and shakes out more hair.


24 posted on 02/28/2013 9:07:26 AM PST by bgill
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To: Squawk 8888; Slings and Arrows
Here is another one:

Roman-era Ft. Vancouver brick has paw prints

by Keely Chalmers

NWCN.com

February 27, 2013 at 6:04 AM

VANCOUVER - A brick unearthed decades ago at Fort Vancouver is back in the spotlight.

The brick was first discovered buried in the ground on the site around 1950, but a recent analysis of its make-up now shows the brick dates back some 2,000 years, all the way back to the Roman Empire.

One of the most interesting aspects of the brick is what was likely not supposed to be on it.

If you look closely at one of its corners you’ll see two tiny paw prints. Archaeologists suspect it’s the work of an ancient Roman kitty cat.

“We kind of jokingly call it the ‘Celtic Kitty,’ jumped up on this wet brick probably close to 2,000 years ago and memorialized itself for all eternity,” said Bob Cromwell, an archaeologist at Fort Vancouver.

http://www.nwcn.com/home/?fId=193431981&fPath=/news/local&fDomain=10202

25 posted on 02/28/2013 9:08:57 AM PST by PuzzledInTX (Everything will be OK in the end. If it is not OK, then it isn't the end.)
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To: bgill

I use an iPad and you would be amazed at some of the links the cat clicks on.


26 posted on 02/28/2013 9:17:25 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
Now they do it on keyboards instead of manuscripts. Touch screens are especially fun with critters.

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27 posted on 02/28/2013 9:19:28 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Another victory for Fred!


28 posted on 02/28/2013 9:36:35 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare

Yes, that book has Fred the Insane written all over it. He’s taken to helping Mommy out in the kitchen lately.


29 posted on 02/28/2013 9:39:34 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

LOL


30 posted on 02/28/2013 9:39:58 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: Cyber Liberty

“If spaghetti noodles aren’t for paws, why are they warm?”


31 posted on 02/28/2013 9:41:01 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: libstripper

That’s funny. : )

I can see the lab running to the kitchen to see what you are cooing about when you talk to the cat.

I use a water spray bottle for counter/cat control. How boring. I could have used my golden.


32 posted on 02/28/2013 9:48:55 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Darksheare

If crickets aren’t edible, why are they made out of meat?


33 posted on 02/28/2013 9:54:12 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Scoutmaster

LOL! Thanks!


34 posted on 02/28/2013 9:59:48 AM PST by Tax-chick (Whatever happens, I'll get through it. Or die trying.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Oh he’s added crickets to stuff.
Rather briliant of him actually.
NiMH merely tried to teach us to hunt by bringing home live critters, like baby bunnies, squirrels, chipmunks and such which he summarily released into the kitchen.


35 posted on 02/28/2013 10:03:31 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: TheOldLady

I’ve tried the cat-obstacle course with Misty - doesn’t even slow her down. If that cat was human she’d be a bunny-boiler.


36 posted on 02/28/2013 10:06:25 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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37 posted on 02/28/2013 10:08:52 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Darksheare

We had a kitteh (Simba, RIP) who used to scoot out the goggie door and fetch birds. But, he never learned the kill neck-shake (if they don’t learn it by one month they never learn) so he just laid on top of it. Scared the carp out of poor Miss Slippy, a freaking bird in the house.


38 posted on 02/28/2013 10:16:14 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

NiMH seemed to think we were funny looing, if defective, cats.
He learned to kill stuff, did so quite often.
It’s just that.. he’d bring us live stuff and chatter at us as if amused by our efforts to catch the critters he brought home.
He seriously seemed to be trying to teach us how to hunt critters.


39 posted on 02/28/2013 10:25:32 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Misty? The bunny boiler? Play Misty For Me. Or Fatal Attraction.

You have to place treats and catnip Hooch mice strategically in all the right places. They never make it through.


40 posted on 02/28/2013 10:30:57 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: Squawk 8888

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Mamma Spook kitty’s additional to a paper I am currently working on. She was not pleased when I told her that I was not going to list her as a co-author. :-)


41 posted on 02/28/2013 10:49:13 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: GraceG; SaraJohnson

His official title was, “Cat Discipliniarian.” He was a wonderfully slobbery, silly, ridiculous dog. Also, I apologize for misidentifying him. He was a pure bred Black Lab.


42 posted on 02/28/2013 11:14:08 AM PST by libstripper
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To: smokingfrog

That’s it. Thanks.


43 posted on 02/28/2013 11:26:52 AM PST by goldi
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To: TheOldLady

Think Fatal Attraction. She’s *very* affectionate.


44 posted on 02/28/2013 11:45:27 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: goodnesswins

Yes, we have, too. Katie brings her toy with her, plops down at my feet, looks directly into my eyes, and gives a stern meow, over and over until I cave.


45 posted on 02/28/2013 1:41:14 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: smokingfrog

I know!!!

There have been a few times that I said, “How did you do that???”.


46 posted on 02/28/2013 3:46:01 PM PST by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: libstripper

When we had a exercise bike up in the man cave/office, hubby would be on the bike and the cats would come in and walk all over his computer keyboard and/or DAC. He’d yell to no avail, then he started squirting them with a spray bottle of water. That worked but it also got water on sensitive electronics. He solved the problem by using a a few presses of a compressed air canister made for cleaning keyboards and such. Works great and no water problems! Now, if they come near, all he has to do is reach for the canister and they scram.


47 posted on 02/28/2013 3:54:21 PM PST by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Squawk 8888; nickcarraway; TheOldLady

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Squawk 8888.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


48 posted on 02/28/2013 5:55:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Squawk 8888

I had only been married a few months and we had friends over. I had made my very first cheese cake and went into the kitchen to bring it into the dining room. It had a row of little kitty prints across it. I took a spatula, smoothed it over, and served it. No one died.


49 posted on 02/28/2013 7:15:34 PM PST by Mercat (Never laugh at live dragons)
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To: Squawk 8888

This is what kittehs do. Along with shedding, it is one of their primary life-missions.


50 posted on 03/01/2013 1:03:35 AM PST by Nepeta
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