I don’t about how anyone else feels, but I felt like drawing my own. I feel like this more often than I want to, and I’m currently on the brink of just giving up altogether…it hurts like hell feeling left out of things or not being included, or just the feeling of being forgotten or ignored in general…I really want to just throw in the towel and abandon all ties to some people so I never have to feel this way…but I still have a small spark of hope somewhere that won’t let me quit no matter how much I’d really like to…so…I guess I’ll just wait and see..
Man, if this isn’t an accurate description of my life, I don’t know what is..
Thank you for your efforts in drawing how I feel a lot of my life. I appreciate getting the chance to experience some of the same feelings with you all.
81 Astounding Facts About Cats (as if we needed a reason to love them more!)
1. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs.
2. There are cats who have survived falls from over 32 stories (320 meters) onto concrete.
3. A group of cats is called a clowder.
4. Cats have over 20 muscles that control their ears.
5. Cats sleep 70% of their lives.
6. A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Ala., for 15 years. His name is Stubbs.
7. And one ran for mayor of Mexico City in 2013.
8. When cats grimace, they are usually “taste-scenting.” They have an extra organ that, with some breathing control, allows the cats to taste-sense the air.
9. Cats can’t taste sweetness.
10. Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.
11. Wikipedia has a recording of a cat meowing because why not.
12. The world’s largest cat measured 48.5 inches long.
13. Evidence suggests domesticated cats have been around since 3600 B.C., 2,000 years before Egypt’s pharaohs.
14. A cat’s purr may be a form of self-healing, as it can be a sign of nervousness as well as contentment.
15. Similarly, the frequency of a domestic cat’s purr is the same at which muscles and bones repair themselves.
16. Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans.
17. The world’s richest cat is worth $13 million after his human passed away and left her fortune to him.
18. Your cat recognizes your voice but just acts too cool to care (probably because they are).
19. Cats are often lactose intolerant, so stop givin’ them milk!
20. Basically all cartoon cats lied to us: Raw fish is off the table for cats as well.
21. The oldest cat video on YouTube dates back to 1894 (when it was made, not when it was uploaded, duh).
22. In the 1960s, the CIA tried to turn a cat into a bonafide spy by implanting a microphone into her ear and a radio transmitter at the base of her skull. She survived the surgery somehow but got hit by a taxi on her first mission.
23. The technical term for “hairball” is “bezoar”.
24. Female cats are typically right-pawed while male cats are typically left-pawed.
25. Cats make over 100 different sounds whereas dogs make around 10.
26. A cat’s brain is 90% similar to a human’s — more similar than to a dog’s.
27. Cats and humans have nearly identical sections of the brain that controls emotion.
28. A cat’s cerebral cortex (the part of the brain in charge of cognitive information processing) has 300 million neurons compared to a dog’s 160 million.
29. Cats have a longer memory than dogs, especially when they learn by actually doing rather than simply seeing.
30. Basically, cats have a lower social IQ than dogs but cats can solve more difficult cognitive problems when they feel like it.
31. Cats have 1,000 times more data storage than an iPad.
32. It was illegal to slay cats in ancient Egypt, in large part because they provided the great service of controlling the rat population.
33. In the 15th century, Pope Innocent VIII began ordering the killing cats, deeming them demonic.
34. A cat has five toes on his front paws, and four on the back, unless he’s a polydactyl.
35. Polydactyl cats are also referred to as “Hemingway cats” because the author was so found of them.
36. There are 45 Hemingway cats living at the author’s former home in Key West, Florida.
37. Original kitty litter was made out of sand but it was replaced by more absorbent clay in 1948.
38. Abraham Lincoln kept four cats in the White House.
39. When asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln is said to have replied “cats”.
40. Isaac Newton is attributed with inventing the cat door.
41. One legend claims that cats were created when a lion sneezed on Noah’s Arc and two kittens came out.
42. A cat can jump up to six times their length.
43. A house cat is faster than Usain Bolt.
44. When cats leave their poop uncovered, it is a sign of aggression to let you know they don’t fear you.
45. Cats can change their meow to manipulate a human. They often imitate a human baby when they need food, for example.
46. Cats use their whiskers to detect if they can fit through a space.
47. Cats only sweat through their foot pads.
48. The first cat in space was French. She was named Felicette, or “Astrocat”. She survived the trip.
49. Cats have free-floating clavicle bones that attach their shoulders to their forelimbs, which allows them to squeeze through very small spaces.
50. Hearing is the strongest of cat’s senses: they can hear sounds as high as 64 kHz compared to humans who can only hear as high as 20 kHz.
51. Cats can move their ears 180 degrees.
52. They can also move their ears separately.
53. A cat has detected his human’s breast cancer.
54. A cat’s nose is ridged with a unique pattern, just like a human fingerprint.
55. Cats have scent glands along their tail, their forehead, their lips, chin and the underside of their front paws.
56. A cat rubs against people to mark her territory.
57. Cats lick themselves to get your scent off.
58. When a family cat died in ancient Egypt, family members would shave off their eyebrows as the mourned.
59. They also had elaborate memorials that included mummifying the cat and either burying them in a family tomb or pet cemetery.
60. Cats were mythic symbols of divinity in ancient Egypt.
61. Black cats are bad luck in the United States but they are good luck in Britain and Australia.
62. Most cats don’t like water because their coats do not insulate them well enough.
63. However, a cat called the Turkish Van does not have that insulation problem and LOVES it.
64. The Egyptian Mau is the oldest breed of cat.
65. They are also the fastest pedigreed cat.
66. The Egyptian word for cat is, in fact, “mau”.
67. Only 11.5% of people consider themselves “cat people”.
68. Cat people are also 11% more likely to be introverted
69. Still, cat people are more open to new experiences than typical “dog people”.
70. Male cat owners tend to me luckier than love as they are perceived as more sensitive.
71. Cat owners are 17% more likely to have a graduate degree.
72. Cat people are 25% likely to pick George as their favorite Beatle.
73. A cat’s carbon footprint is similar to that of a VW bug, whereas a dog’s is more like a Hummer.
74. When your cat brings home a dead mouse or bird, it may to show you that you suck at hunting.
75. Cats have inferior day time sight but during the night they need 7 times less light than humans to see.
76. The largest litter of kittens produced 19 kittens.
77. 88% cats in the U.S. are spayed or neutered.
78. Only 24% of cats who enter animal shelters are adopted.
79. Cats are really cool.
80. They are also very soft.
81. In tigers and tabbies, the middle of the tongue is covered in backward-pointing spines, used for breaking off and gripping meat.
If you want to adopt a cat, you can visit your local humane society or check out petfinder.com.
To me, the core of that attraction is that she is a better reporter than he is. Think about being Superman for a second. The Olympic record for weightlifting is 1,038 lbs., but you could lift more than that as a child. The record for the 100 meter dash is 9.58 seconds, but you can travel over 51 miles in that time. Going to Vegas? You don’t need your X-Ray vision to win at Blackjack, because you can just count the cards while holding down a conversation about nuclear physics. Without really trying, you are better at just about everything than anyone else in the world.
However, (as Mark Waid once pointed out in a podcast with Marv Wolfman) none of that really translates to your chosen profession. Typing really fast does not help your prose. Being able to lift a tank does not help you convince a source to go on record. It is as near to competing straight up with normal people as Superman would ever be capable of. Even then, it comes easily enough to him that you get a pretty lofty perch at a great paper very early in your career. It is just in this one context, there is someone better than you are: Lois Lane.
As mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, you reach up for the first time in your life and she rejects you.
To me, it is an inversion of the Luthor story. Luthor sees someone above him and feels hate. Superman sees someone above him and feels love.
Dean Hacker, comment on “Giving Lois Lane A Second Look, For The First Time” by Kelly Thompson (CBR: She Has No Head!)
Could you live on $8 or $9 dollars an hour? A computer game made by the Urban Ministries of Durham in North Carolina and an advertising firm called McKinney lets you play out life with a low-wage job as a single mom. The objective is to make it a month, juggling getting a job, rent, a place to live, food and coping with the costs of repairs, things for your child, insurance, etc.. Actually a very hard game to play and full of reminders of the difficulties of life on that kind of salary.
Seriously, if you haven’t played before, play it now. If you have played before, play it again. Especially important during this election season.
just playing this game alone made me really stressed and anxious
ALL THE HATER ANONS, PLAY THIS
This game is amazing. Play it, play it, play it! I shared this with a professor who then had her students play it. So real.
The lid of my new jewellery cabinet is now home to my Lea Stein brooches!
How to think you got something out of nothing
Where is the missing square? What happens here? This is no computer trick, it would work just as well with pieces cut from cardboard.
Read about this optical illusion in Wikipedia …
NOTE: This is sometimes mistakenly called “Curry’s Paradox,” because it was originated by a New York magician named Paul Curry. The actual Curry’s Paradox is a paradox in logic named for Haskell Curry.
io9 has an explanation of the solution …
Source: Triangle Puzzle
Happy Fic Friday! Quote from Lauren Billings (lolashoes), a.k.a. one half of Christina Lauren.
Lo wrote millions of words of canon Twilight erotica. She is also a neuroscientist and now a NYT bestselling novelist, etc. etc. I adore her.
I enjoyed the fuck out of Fic.
Even if all my people were in the first half, and believe me I bounced in my seat each time I started a new chapter where I said: MY FRIEND!! I really enjoyed all the Twillight fic history, and fic history in general.
Thanks Anne. You rock!