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Happy Anti-Anti-Caturday!

Way off-topic. Just a video of my cats. Fry loves lumping around under blankets. His boyfriend Brendon Small likes wrestling. Here they are.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon mstdn.social/@rebeccawatson Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky @rebeccawatson.bsky.social

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  1. Many cats are like that.   Once, a long time ago in a zoo far, far away (the San Diego Wild Animal Park), I was approaching the huge tiger cage and saw a small group of people watching a tiger.  It was standing very still about 30 feet inside the cage, about 40 feet from the people. It looked at us with as if to say "Anyone who makes a sound is volunteering to be lunch."
    There was a second tiger, asleep in the shade of a small tree on top of a little hill about 50 feet from the first one, about the same distance from the fence.
    The 1st tiger was walking, incredibly slowly, up the hill.  It would very, very slowly lift a foot off the ground, very slowly swing the leg forward, slowly place it on the ground again and very, very slowly shift its weight to the foot.  It then repeated the process with another leg.  Every now and then, it made another threatening stare at the people watching.  It took at least 10 minutes to cross the 50 feet to the sleeping tiger.
    Then, when it got close enough, it reached out its front paw and bopped the sleeping tiger right on top of its head.  The second tiger woke up instantly and there was a huge dusty cloud of orange and black*, and then the two tigers ran off.
    [*] I wonder if Bill Watterston was in the crowd and derived some inspiration from it?

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