Anti-Science

Carnival of Idiocy

There’s something odd about this story of a cat mating with a dog and giving birth to puppies. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it might have something to do with the fact that cats and dogs are entirely different species that are so far removed from one another they can no longer produce offspring. Wait, no, that can’t be it.

The woman who owns the miracle cat who “birthed” the puppies is a pregnant low-income 18-year old Brazilian. She and her 26-year old husband believe the lucky canine father is a neighborhood dachshund. Quick thought: if this had happened in Washington state, could we prosecute the dachshund in question for bestiality? Just wondering.

Responding to critics’ charges that she is running a stupid scam that could only be dreamed up by a precocious yet scientifically ignorant and amoral 12-year old, the woman insists she is telling the truth and is insulted by suggestions otherwise. You don’t say.
Seriously, Reuters, what will we be reporting on next? Perhaps some down-on-his-luck fisherman will find another Fiji mermaid (seen at right). If you don’t buy that, well maybe he just found the unfortunate offspring of a monkey in love with a trout. Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow to see Jo-Jo the Dog-faced Boy catch a frisbee.

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  1. “It’s rather simple really. If the puppies prove to have 78 chromosomes, they are dogs. If they have 38, they are cats,” said Pacheco, director of the Institute of Biological Sciences of the University of Passo Fundo.

    I love how he's qouted like he's going to sit down and do the test… hell I'm amazed someone's actualy qouted.

    And I love, LOVE, how it had three kittens as well… that died. No the crazy fake doggy-cats lived, but the kitty-dogs all got flushed down the toilet.

  2. My cat was in love with a prawn,

    And the prawn with my cat was smitten;

    And so they wed

    And soon produced a lovely, fluffy pritten.

    They'd ignored all my warnings and all my advice

    Though I'd warned them of this and of that–

    That their lovely fluffy pritten

    Would grow up a useless prat.

  3. [url =http://skepchick.org/skepticsguide/viewtopic.php?p=8458#8458]I'm really apalled[/url] to see this story [b]still[/b] receiving attention outside Brazil. Down here, frankly, nobody's giving a **** since last week. One must hope that as soon as the blood tests are finished, the cat's owner will just shut up for good.

    The only problem is, the news will give much less attention to the fact that the story was proved a hoax. Many people will still believe it, never hearing about the answer. And 2 years from now, we'll still see the story cited as true in those inane mass e-mails with a heart-moving Power Point presentation about maternal love, the power of life, or any such nonsense.

    Sigh.

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