Posts Tagged: cats

Cats Haven’t Changed Much Since the 1400s

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Elegant words from a manuscript painstakingly illustrated by a fifteenth-century scribe: “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam.”

Translation: “Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night.”

The blog Medieval Fragments has more on the cats that both bedeviled and entertained the monks of the Middle Ages.

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Happy Birthday, T. S. Eliot!

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Don’t let that Oxford education and British citizenship fool you: 125 years ago today, Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

He went on to become one of the defining voices of the modernist movement with poems like The Waste Land and plays like Murder in the Cathedral—oh, and that children’s book that eventually became the musical Cats.

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The Cutest Librarian

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If you ask Kuzya, an assistant librarian at the State Hermitage Library in Novorossiysk, Russia, for a book recommendation, you might go home with A Tale of Two Kitties or The Brothers Kara-meow-zov.

Because he is a cat. And he wears a bow-tie and has a cat passport, which is apparently a legitimate legal document in Russia.

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A Farewell to Cats

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Ernest Hemingway fell in love with polydactyl (six-toed) cats after he was given one by a ship’s captain.

Now the descendants of his cats live free on the property of his former home turned museum in Key West. Well, the forty to fifty feline residents have lived without regulation until recently — the USDA has been locked in a federal case with the museum over the licensing and care of the cats.

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