Catnap on a Map? Oh, Snap!

Mountain View, CA — Google today announced an update to its Google Maps application.  The popular mapping tool, which already highlights areas of high traffic density, will also display which streets have been overrun by giant kitties.

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Actual story: The map wall is part of a new playroom for animals at the Montclair, NJ animal shelter, designed for free by students of Montclair State University. Story, more photos here.  Spotted by Erin N.

Night of the Living Meerkats

Over here, guys!  Brains!  Braaaaaaaaiiiiinnnnns!

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Braiiiinnnssss?  BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNSSSSS!!!!

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Sorry, no more braaaaaaaaiiiiiinnnnnsss…

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From Halloween at the Bristol Gardens Zoo.  Photos by Matt Cardy/Getty Images.

You’re Trick-or-Treating in That?!

Pffthht — er, I mean, it’s very, um, distinctive. I especially like the way the silver lamé tutu complements the spaceman helmet.  And the corrugated-tin epaulets with the pink satin trim make a very, um, interesting statement.

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So you run along, get lotsa candy, etc.  You’ll be back early, I assume. (snort, pffht!)

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Evil never looked so garsh-darned adorable, Eden B.

Three Heads Are Cuter Than One

It’s Halloween, and time once again for examples of costumed pet redonkulousness, courtesy BuzzFeed.  A few favorites:

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Why is this iPhone costume scary?  Because it’s in … a dead zone (ooooo-WEEEEE)!

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Now when he was a puppeh / He nevah thought he’d see / People put a hat on him / Just like a boy king…

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Technically, This Isn’t Stalking

Every time I see her, I just can’t look away.  I try to tell myself I’m over her, but then I see that face, those eyes… and that’s when I say to hell with the restraining order…

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Here I am, my darling!  I’ve missed you so much — did you miss me, too?  I got so worried when you didn’t answer my last 47 letters that I just had to see you…

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Wait, who’s this?  Not him again!  I thought I told you to stay away from him!  Can’t you see he’s no good for you?  He’ll never love you the way that I love you!  Never!

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Yes, just the two of us now… Oh, my sweet, how I’ve longed for this moment to come once more… to gaze into those faraway eyes, to kiss those full pouting lips, ohhhharrghthphth hrrarghtphht slobber slobber mmmghpth hmrrphth…

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Alllll rightie then, Julie O.

Friday Haiku: … And Don’t Feed Them After Midnight

A gruesome gremlin
Dredged from the depths to inspire
Your horror haiku

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That looks like a three-towel job, Lorena C.

Mr. Stripey! Are You All Right?

Oh, noooooo! Mr. Stripey has fallen into the Pit of Ultimate Sorrow!  Don’t move, Mr. Stripey — I’ll be right back with a rope and a cable news crew!

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Has “Smudge” met our resident hustler, Chris G.?

I Once Caught a Cat This Big

Aye-yup, caught this sucker ’bout twenny miles offa the Cape, coupla summers ago.  We was just ‘spectin’ ta catch a few Siamese, they like ta school out that way, ya know, but then I get this big tug on my line, damn near yanked me right offa the boat!

So Brian says it looks like an Orange Spotbelly, you hardly ever see them up this far North, and so I gotta reel it in careful-like, because my line ain’t rated for a cat that big, ya know.  An’ o’course it’s fighting me all the way, hissin’ an’ thrashin’ about an’ spittin’ hairballs like they do…

Well, we finally land the beast and head back for the docks so’s we can get it measured for the record books, and of course everybody’s gotta get their picture taken with the damn thing.  Anyway, that’s it over the mantel, f’ya don’t believe me.

I once caught a mouse THIS BIG!

Lauren B. notes that “William” was just one year old when this was taken, so we assume he’ll be visible from space before long.

A Cowham’s Lament

I’m an old cowham, just a-riding ’round the land
Got a toothpick in my mouth and a lasso in my hand
Gotta round up all the piggies, keep an eye out for the strays,
‘Cuz they’s orn’ry little critters, runnin’ every which-a-ways.

So it’s chase ‘em down and land ‘em, tie ‘em up and brand ‘em,
Some days ya gotta love ‘em, and others ya can’t stand ‘em.
Gotta drive ‘em cross the prairie, forty mile to get your pay,
Then we spend it all in town, chompin’ corn and brocc-a-lay…

Yo-de-layyyyyy… yee-haaaayyyy… de-hooooooo!

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Guinea Pig Rodeo ~ Piórko & poor Balbinka by pyza*

I Am Zorgulon, Lord of Hummingbirds!

Earthlings beware! When I wear my Mask of HummingPower, I can communicate telepathically with these small yet deadly creatures, transforming them into an unstoppable army with which I shall conquer the world!  Soon, puny Earth creatures shall kneel before me, or such a poking you’re gonna get!  (Evil laughter!)

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