Secret Ingredient

Eye of Newt!
Toe of frog!
Wool of bat!
1 Cup Hedgehog!

A little more Newt and you’re done, Ali S. Got a favorite original Cute Overload + Shakespeare quote? Share in zuh comments.



  1. Oh Snailio, Snailio, wherefore art thou Snailio?

  2. Fluff-y or not fluff-y. That is the question.

  3. Out, out damned Spot! <—works with dogs named Spot

  4. Dr. Emile Schoeffhausen says:

    “I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.”

    –Iago from Othello

    I choose to think of said beast being all sleek and whiskery like an otter.

  5. Dr. Emile Schoeffhausen says:

    And Caesar’s spirit, raging for revenge,
    With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
    Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
    Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war,
    That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
    With carrion men, groaning for burial.

    –Marc Antony from Julius Caesar

    Hmmm….clearly we need something cuter.

  6. Fird Birfle says:

    (? Am I allowed to enter a comment which HAS no Shakespeare???)

    *raises hand and waves it in the air like Horshack from
    Welcome Back, Kotter*

    *”ooooooh, ooooooh!!!! ONE a’ MY BESTEST FREY-unds is named NEWT!!!*

    (Note: this statement is True. He lives in a mountain-y area of Georgia; and just to add a cherry on top of the story, he lives with a silly Dogue who is a wrinkled wonderful Shar-Pei named ANGUS!!!)
    (sits back down, wondering if I’ll be ejected….)

  7. Dr. Emile Schoeffhausen says:

    A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!

    –King Richard, Richard III

  8. Theresa says:

    Apropos of this cutie:
    Shall, for that vast of night that they may work,
    All exercise on thee.
    (The Tempest, I/2)

    (Urchins = Hedgies!)

  9. Let Hercules himself do what he may,
    The cat will mew and dog will have his day.

  10. Theresa says:

    In Ireland have I seen this stubborn Cade
    Oppose himself against a troop of kerns,
    And fought so long, till that his thighs with darts
    Were almost like a sharp-quilled porpentine;
    Henry VI/ 2, III/2

    Wouldst thou have that
    Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life,
    And live a coward in thine own esteem,
    Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would, ”
    Like the poor cat i’ th’ adage?
    Macbeth I/7

  11. tracylee says:

    half expect to see a wee little pawsie and hear a “hewwo” from this smiling cuppa hedgie!

  12. The kitteh doth protest too much, methinks.

  13. Theresa says:

    Eeeeek! Those wheeskers teeckle!

  14. Theresa says:

    The corgi puppies of war?

  15. Theresa says:

    A redonkulous mini-horse! A redonkulous mini-horse!

  16. Friends, Romans, countrybuns, lend me your ears!

  17. Theresa says:

    More like “what ho!” Or “Well met!”

  18. 260Oakley says:

    Hedge E. Hog prepares for a stirring performance in his audition for “Measure for Measure”. He hopes that if he gets cast the wardrobe mistress will give him a cup befitting the size of his part.

  19. That’s one *heaping* cup, I think.

  20. Hmm, the recipe doesn’t say ‘Despiculate before nomming’. Dibs on earsies!
    Evidently a happy hedgie instead of a fretful porpentine [HAMlet!].

  21. There once was a girl from Nantucket…………..
    oooooops ! Sorry, wrong Shakespeare. (snerk)

  22. bluebird says:

    I’m fretting like a porpentine, because I have no hedgie.

  23. Tony James says:
  24. SHEBA12 says:

    For a minute there I thought the dog’s name was going to be Callista.

  25. skippymom says:

    Ha ha, just last night I was thinking about the Prickly Kid and saying to myself, “He fixed me with his cute beady eyes, and ‘Hewwo’ was all he said”.

  26. SHEBA12 says:

    “Give me my robe, put on my crown;”. I have to head into town.

    Anthony and Cleopatra.

  27. Bake @ 350 degrees until crunchy.

  28. It’s actually only a half cup– Eriza’s just that tiny 😀 I love my baby hedgie.

  29. SalveToCAt says:

    Whoa Whoa just a minute folks!!!!
    What happened to all the “thumbs up” stuff? Is it just me, did I get my thumbs revoked? Or are we all now thumbless.

    I gotta have my thumbs up fix.

    I just went to Costco and picked up several spare boxes of “thumbs up” on sale to get me through June. What am I going to do with all these “thumbs ups” now. I know I can sit on one of them but what about the other 143,999 that I have sitting in boxes? =(

  30. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
    Witches mummy, maw and gulf,
    Of the ravin’d salt-dea shark,
    Root of hemlock digg’d i’ the dark,
    Liver of blaspheming Jew,
    Gall of goat, and slips of yew,
    Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse,
    Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips,
    Add thereto a tiger’s chauldron,
    For the ingredients of our cauldron.

    Oh! I LOVE Macbeth! It’s probably one of my favorite plays by Shakespeare. Has anyone heard the superstition that if you speak the name Macbeth inside a theater you will bring bad luck on yourself? The play is supposed to be cursed because William Shakespeare used real spells in his play.

  31. skippymom says:

    It is referred to as “The Scottish Play”.

  32. Fird Birfle says:

    YAY for hedgehog detectives!!!!

    also: Hi, skippymom!!
    Haven’t seen your name in a few days…

  33. Theresa says:

    Aahhhhh! Hot potato, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends!

  34. Where did the thumbs go?? 😦

    I wanna give 260O about 50 of them!

  35. skippymom says:

    Res, I was on vacation all last week. Logged a lot of hours in the bed with the kitties.

  36. Et tu, Maru?

  37. She speaks poniards, and every word stabs:
    if her breath were as terrible as her terminations,
    there were no living near her; she would infect to
    the north star.

    Signior Benedict from Much Ado About Nothing, the Kenneth Branagh version is my favorite. Well actually any Shakespeare by Kenneth Branagh is my favorite.

  38. Alice Shortcake says:

    Best Shakespearean animal: Crab the dog in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”. Notorious for stealing every scene in which he appears.

  39. skippymom says:

    What was that Monty Python sketch about a rehab facility for overactors? I just remember Eric Idle very calmly and pleasantly saying “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse” while smiling sweetly.

  40. Lillith says:

    What a piece of work is Cute Overload
    How noble in reason
    How infinite in faculty
    In form and movement how redonkulous and admirable
    In action how like an angelfish
    In apprehension how like Ceiling Cat
    The beauty of teh world
    The paragon of Qte animals

  41. Theresa says:

    Oh Ceiling Cat, that I were a pup! I’d eat his kibble ‘i the marketplace!

  42. Theresa says:

    Yes, best *written* Shakespeare animal. Best unwritten Shakespeare animals are the family of raccoons resident at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. 😀

  43. Theresa says:


  44. youse literate folks is awesome!!

  45. Bravo.

  46. Theresa says:

  47. Lewis n' Clark says:

    Lillith…bravo! thunderous applause! throwing flowers& hedgies (very carefully) on stage!

  48. Woofy'sMa says:

    Oh, yes, would love to see a wee pawsie. That would charm me.

    “Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
    Then the charm is firm and good.”
    -Macbeth Act IV, scene I

  49. Exuent! Pursued by a (panda) bear.

  50. Fird Birfle says:

    oooooh, ooooooh!!
    THAT sounds like Actual FUN!!!

    YAY for Heros Having Fun!

  51. Woofy'sMa says:

    Yes! Henry V with Branaugh.

  52. Fird Birfle says:


    (heh heh)

  53. Fird Birfle says:

    Me, in response:
    *contented sigh of a
    Historic Films with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson Geek*

  54. Fird Birfle says:


  55. Fird Birfle says:

    @ Lillith:

    *Thunderous, appreciative applause*

  56. Woofy'sMa says:

    Lilith – I nominate you cuteoverload court laureate.

  57. Woofy'sMa says:

    Bear with me yet, my thoughts will soon appear clear to yon knave. Exuent!

  58. susanelle says:

    Frailty, thy name is wombat.

  59. Get thee to a bunnery!

  60. Theresa says:

    Tony James strikes like a thunderbolt!

  61. A horse, a horse, my kindgom for OMGP0niesz!!!!!!111elevenBBQ

  62. Theresa says:

    The Delacorte is where they have Shakespeare in the Park every summer. And for I don’t know how many years, these raccooneroonies of various sizes would come trooping out on the stage while the play is going on. Sometimes they would just walk straight through. Sometimes they would stop for awhile. The play would just go on. Everybody’s used to them, they’re part of the show.

  63. Shazzie says:

    By the prickling in my thumbs
    something hedgey this way comes…

    Macbeth- sorta…. 🙂

  64. Roflmao

  65. Gallop apace, you fiery-footed hams,
    Toward Phoebus’ lodging: such a wagoner
    As NOMTOM would whip you to the west,
    And bring in cloudy night immediately.
    Spread thy close curtain, cute-performing night,
    That itty-bitty kitties’ eyes may wink, and Maru
    Leap to these arms, untalk’d of and unseen.

  66. PS Never was there a nose of more boop
    Than this cup of hedgehog and her unseen newt.

  67. Canadagoose says:

    I’ve never submitted though watch CO daily, but I just have to say you peeps are truly exceptional and really entertaining with your banter and repartee. I love the cute animals too, of course, but this is a very special site – gentle, civil and often quite hilarious. Thanks for lighting up one older lady’s days up in the Great White North. Cheers, and all that!

  68. Starfish says:

    “Is this a hamster I see before me?”

    “What light ‘pon yonder window breaks? It is East and I am teh orunj kittayn.”

  69. “Come not between a Maru and his box”

    (King Lear)

  70. Mary (the first) says:

    If they’re in boxes, just leave them where Maru can find them, and they’ll be gone soon.

  71. Mary (the first) says:

    Yes, I remember being all ready to go to war with him after that speech on the battlefield! And I’m truly a peaceful type!! But he inspired me!

  72. Mary (the first) says:

    I second!

  73. Mary (the first) says:

    Thank you!

  74. She’s a cutie-patootie! What is she, an Algerian Chocolate Snowflake?

  75. bookmonstercats says:

    Even more redonkulous, my kingdom for a mini giraffe

  76. bookmonstercats says:

    Theresa, the genius of teh interwebs clips 🙂

  77. bookmonstercats says:


  78. bookmonstercats says:

    I’ve just sent this to a friend who is doing “Shakespeare Jukebox” at the Buxton Festival next month. Brill!!!

  79. April's NaNa says:

    Forsooth, a cat hath got my tongue, for I canst not TOP these prithy puns!!!

  80. earlybird1 says:

    “Wool of bat?” BWAAHAHAHA! Oh Meg, thou killst me!

  81. That´s deadly cute. *dies*

  82. Uh oh, there are two of us. That is quite rare!

  83. Alice Shortcake says:

    Oh, the joys of animal participation in outdoor Shakespeare. We have the same problem in York’s Rowntree Park, especially with stage-struck ducks and geese.

  84. Fird Birfle says:

    Supreme. Simply Supreme.

  85. Fird Birfle says:

    @ Theresa,
    re. raccooneroonies & Shakespeare:

    “WheeeeEEEEEEEEEeeeee!!!!” 🙂

  86. Fird Birfle says:

    *contented giggulz*

  87. I Haz a Funny Bone says:

    I third! 🙂

  88. Snowpea says:

    Opulence, you has it! Lucky you!

    (actually Opulence is the name of the giraffe but everybody forgets that 😉

  89. Don’t know if this is some temporary glitch, but I can’t see the thumbs either. If it is on purpose, I for one am happy to see the thumbs down gone. Didn’t think it was very cute to down-thumb comments.

  90. 260Oakley says:

    “Kittens of consternation”
    Tony James: 1
    Billy Shakespeare: 0

  91. Woofy'sMa says:

    Pheas – Very good!

  92. Theresa says:

    1. “The little dogs and all,
    Tray, Blanch and Sweetheart, see, they bark at ,me.”

    2. “HOWL! HOWL! HOWL!”

  93. Alas poor Yorkie!

  94. Bwah! :mrgreen:

    I knew him, Horatio. In fact, he probably buried this bone here.

  95. victoreia says:

    [double-take] They come in flavors?

  96. Stage direction for Antigonus, in “A Wombat’s Tailio”

  97. Lillith says:

    I know if I’m feeling down or stressed myself I come to C.O. and it lightens the mood and entertains. Meg has created something special here. 🙂

  98. brittney says:
  99. Woofy'sMa says:

    Good one, Shazzie.

  100. Woofy'sMa says:

    Starfish – “I am teh orunj kittayn.” Isn’t that a Beatle’s song?

  101. Woofy'sMa says:

    I knew him well!

  102. Shazzie says:

    Why thank you Woofy’sMa 🙂 Most kind of you

  103. Whoa – another Yorkie (not the pupperson) on CO!

  104. So tasty.

  105. ::curtsey:: Finally, some payoff for staying away in 12th-grade English!

  106. They should bring back the thumbs-up though. I don’t usually care to post comments (cause people usually have already said what I was thinking), so it was easier to thumbs-up their comments. Lots of goodies to thumbs-up on this Shakespeare post! 🙂

  107. Cole Porter! Cole Porter! Cole Porter!

    If it’s Cole Porter, it’s got to be good!

  108. Hail, Oberon!

  109. (The Original) Mel says:

    My favorite TV show ever. HOW did they not burst out laughing?

  110. If cuteness be the food of love, squee on;
    Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
    The appetite may sicken, and so die.

  111. Most excellent!
    (spray-paints ‘ded’ over ‘die’, sprints away before The Original Mel can collar me)

  112. Hedgies are adorable even when grumpy!!! Please to view Exhibit A!