The C.O. Guide to World Cuisine

Any country can set an elegant table, but few can match the Japanese for ritual.  According to custom, one says itadakimasu (“I receive”) before starting a meal, then dries one’s hands on the hot towel provided.  And no Japanese table is completely set until the arrival of the hashi neko, or chopsticks cat.

The chopsticks cat can trace its origins to the stern imperial courts of the 8th century, in which specially-trained cats would guard the chopsticks of the emperor and empress, and scratch anyone else who dared reach for them.

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Domo arigato, Joanna P.

Mini polar bear ventures out of snow cave

ONLY TO FIND UNREALISTIC ANIMAL PRINT BEDDING!

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Jorden C., you are officially a Sthuper Sthender Inner. [Handing you Medal of Honor glazed in kitten tears]

Separated at Berf?

"Everyone always says she looks like an Ewok, so I thought ‘why not?’ " says sender-inner Alana C. of her furry friend.  Maybe so, but can she take out a crack legion of Imperial Stormtroopers with nothing but spears and stone tools?  That’s the real test, you know.

'Grrrrr... Yub-yub!'          'Uh, yeah, what he said.'

Arrgh... this costume has ZERO ventilation and it keeps riding up in back.

And then Lucas yelled at me for getting friendly with C-3PO's leg...

But I got a tummy rub from Han Solo, so it's all good...

It’s 6AM ET/9AM PT. St. Patrick’s Day. Time for a beer.

"TIME FOR YOUR FIRST BEER NOW OPEN WIDE!"

[Pours Guinness down your froat]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to EVERYONE! Celebratory photo Anyone for Guinness? by Blazingstar.

The New Bird Clashes With Everything

"Mama’s little favorite, aren’t we?  I suppose you think you’re soooo much better than I am, just because you happen to match the furniture!"

Why, yes.  Yes, I am.

I think he really ties the room together, Kathy F.

Breaking News Bulletin!

NEW JERSEY—Bodyguards protect Percival Q. Gringflabble, alleged Mafia accountant, as he arrives at the Federal courthouse to testify against his employers.

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“I’m marrying him Mother. You can’t stop me.”

“Sure, he’s a little cold, but he’s BIG and he’s green and he’s MINE!”

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Just let her go, Emily D. H. [eye roll]

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Snorer Junior

Check out these two morsels napping away in all that upholstered paisley sunbeam action.

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Yeah we’re gonna naphance on that mofo:

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Ellen L., did you arrange them like this? Are you trying to compete with Wegman or something?

Rules for Living

Rule 12: Breakfast tastes better when it’s color-coordinated.
Rule 41: Just let it ring.  They’ll call back.
Rule 77: Spoons are for losers.
And the all-important rule #1: If at all possible, be a ferret.

Because ferrets rule.

Pass the Ferret Flakes, Kate S.

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served With Puréed Squash and a Teething Biscuit

"So, you were going to pan-fry me in butter, were you?  Well, let’s see how you taste with some mashed ‘nanas, washed down with a sippy cup full of Juicy Juice, fuzzball!"

Gotta catch me first, Mister Can't-Roll-Over-Yet!

I see he’s already started on the tail, Alison G.

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