Know Your Obscure Folklore!

According to ancient Japanese legend, if a white cat smiles at you while balancing cherry tomatoes, you will suffer an ice cream headache during an ocean voyage.

Sent in by Masako, who thinks that this cat, Shironeko, could be the next Maru.

How to Assemble Your Puppy

Incorrect:

Correct:

From sender-inner Whitney S.: “This is Bailey!  In the first picture, she was so ‘puppy sleepy’ that she fell off her little bed into that position and then just fell right back asleep!”

Stalking the Wild Letter Carrier

Day 24: I gave my porter a break so I could watch the herd across the river.  Most of them had moved to the tall rushes, where their uniforms camouflaged them.  From their skittish chatter, I could tell they sensed my presence.  It was a waiting game now, and I played it better than any hunter alive.

Photograph by Art Verduzco, scoped out by the ever-reliable Marilyn T. and Susan W., as seen on the Daily Dozen National Geographic.

Winston Is Speechless

When Winston hasn’t used his meow-box for a while, says Rich at FourFour, it tends to get a little rusty, resulting in this compilation of our favorite flat-faced feline at a loss for words.

THIS JUST IN: Ninja Puppeh!

Meet Boo, the ninja dog! When Boo’s owner first dressed him up for a parade in Kyoto, Japan, little did he know the Pekinese would become a local legend, but that’s what happened.  Now the pup makes personal appearances all over town.

A Pinch of Chinch!

Cute Overload is brought to you by the makers of Chinch!™ And now, here are the Chinch-ettes to sing the Chinch jingle! Take it away, ladies!

♫ Want prosher pancakes? The secret’s a cinch!
♫ Make your batter better with a pinch of Chinch!

♫ Kids won’t eat their broccoli and spin’ch?
♫ Give va-VOOM to veggies with a pinch of Chinch!

Photo by Brittany F., who adds “Baby chinchilla is nameless as of yet. Will keep CO updated ;) He will probably have a Russian name like his Mom and Pop, Sonya and Rodya, respectively. He was born at Noon on October December 8, 2009.”

Eat It, Tony Hawk!

… because you’re about to get majorly owned, courtesy of Bud Budgie, bad buff boardin’ boid!  Once I totally shred your airtime records, I’ll win the X Games!

Righteous photographical submittage, Simone M.

So What Did You Do For Fun When You Were a Kid, Grandpa?

“… back in those days, we didn’t any of this fancy-lad HD, 3-D, DVD whatzidingle, no sir.  Paid a nickel to take the streetcar down to the Odeon every Friday night.  Only cost a nickel to get in, and a large popcorn, that was another nickel…”

“… and that got you a feature, a newsreel, three cartoons, a travelogue from some island where the women didn’t wear shirts, Gaylord Mercer on the Mighty Wurlitzer, a trapeze act, and a live reenactment of the Battle of Little Big Horn, with horses.”

Something to ponder while you enjoy Avatar, Kerry M.

Cat, No Rack

“Ya know, this really isn’t working out as a blanket.  And what happened to those nice pillows that used to be in here?”

Clean your room, Tracey M.!  Sheesh!

You Be the Journalist!

Experienced newswriters know it’s important to identify photo subjects from left to right, but this photo sent by reader Ilyssa S. throws us a curve.  Samson, the gray cat, is mostly to the left of Pencil, the orange cat.  However, Pencil’s head is to the left of Samson’s.  So, how would you call it? Which cat is left? (answer below)

Answer:  Who cares? They’re both cute.

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