Tag Archives: animals

The CIA used cyborg cats to spy on the Soviets and they were rubbish


The 1960s was a swinging time for international espionage – Bond, The Man from Uncle, those IMF people from Mission: Impossible, they were all at it. Of course, that was all just fictional spying. Meanwhile, in the real world, the CIA thought cats could do a much better job. So they launched project Acoustic Kitty, which would eventually… Continue Reading

Oscar the therapy cat has predicted the death of around 100 people


If you are a resident of Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, and a friendly cat comes padding into your room and decides to take a nap on your bed, you are officially allowed to freak out. Because that cat may be Oscar. And Oscar the cat appears able to predict the impending death of… Continue Reading

The cat organ is history’s weirdest – and cruellest – musical instrument


  Ok, first thing’s first for all the cat lovers reading this: There is no official record of a cat organ actually being built. But it didn’t stop a lot of influential people thinking about it. A lot. And in great detail. The instrument was described by the French writer Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin in his book Musiciana,… Continue Reading

Rat kings are bad omens – and seriously weird in the flesh


You know when something makes a huge cultural impact? One minute they’re brand new on the scene and in the blink of an eye you just can’t avoid them, they’re absolutely everywhere. Then they seem to disappear overnight. They take a break away from the public gaze…before coming back even bigger, badder and bolder than ever…. Continue Reading

Pandas have their own porn if they can’t get it up


Pity the poor panda. These days he has one job and on any other day it might even be a pretty pleasant experience, but what with the future of his entire species at stake, he’s got to perform his duties with the whole world watching his every move. So what do you do when a… Continue Reading