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February 18, 2013 10:47 AM   Subscribe

walking on your shit... since the 15th century. (via)
posted by Namlit (32 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite

 
"copyright 1559. Adorably stained or not that cat is long dead."
posted by The Whelk at 10:48 AM on February 18, 2013 [12 favorites]


the olden version of sitting on the keyboard...
posted by fuzzypantalones at 10:51 AM on February 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


Catlike scribing detected.
posted by yoink at 10:55 AM on February 18, 2013 [14 favorites]


see also prints from a cat (and dog) walking across roof tiles a Roman left out to dry in AD95!
posted by sarahdal at 10:56 AM on February 18, 2013 [15 favorites]


Related: Lolcats of the Middle Ages.
posted by verstegan at 10:59 AM on February 18, 2013 [8 favorites]


Cats, appearing in all your shit, since forever.
posted by Kitteh at 11:03 AM on February 18, 2013


I was going to mention that, sarahdal. I saw those tiles when I visited Vindolanda last summer.

As long as humans and cats have lived together, cats have walked on stuff they're not supposed to.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:04 AM on February 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


Oh, man. I've been making pieces on actual parchment (from these guys!) using quill-and-ink for about nine months now, and I'm paranoid that one of our cats--probably the girl, who is a bit of a stinker--is going to pull one of these. . .
posted by valkyryn at 11:05 AM on February 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


How long until we get paw prints on Recaptcha?
posted by randomination at 11:07 AM on February 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


parchment cat is watching you, verily.
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 11:12 AM on February 18, 2013 [9 favorites]


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posted by ardgedee at 11:13 AM on February 18, 2013 [22 favorites]


As long as humans and cats have lived together, cats have walked on stuff they're not supposed to.

Not supposed to by you. The cats are still wondering what the hell we're thinking with all the closed doors and stuff.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 11:15 AM on February 18, 2013 [13 favorites]


Dead of historian and cat lover squee.
posted by strixus at 11:40 AM on February 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Ye can hast cheezburger.
posted by MuffinMan at 12:23 PM on February 18, 2013 [12 favorites]


Thing is, cats walk on their own shit before walking on your shit.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:57 PM on February 18, 2013


According to cats, all shit is their shit.
posted by DisreputableDog at 1:04 PM on February 18, 2013 [5 favorites]


I am not convinced. The manuscript might antedate the pawprints by hundreds of years. I will need to see an analysis of the chemical composition of the inks in the writing and the pawprints.
posted by charlie don't surf at 1:09 PM on February 18, 2013


Scribe Cat is annotating you!
posted by Fezboy! at 1:15 PM on February 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


According to cats, all shit is their shit.
posted by DisreputableDog at 1:04 PM on February 18 [+] [!]


Hey, you! Don't think I'm not watching.
posted by Eponysterical Police at 1:17 PM on February 18, 2013 [22 favorites]



The cats are still wondering what the hell we're thinking with all the closed doors and stuff.

Among cats, dominance is contextual, not absolute. Among other things, that means that the alpha cat can claim the best sunny spots, the choicest cushions to lay on. But if he isn't there, the highest ranking cat present can grab them. (It has even been observed to be time dependent, with a particular territory belonging to one cat in the mornings and a different cat in the afternoons. If a cat approaches the territory out of his time range, he may defer to the other cat.)

The concept that you don't want the cat walking on the counter, or sleeping on the sofa even when you are not there is totally outside their world view. If they can reach it, and you are not around, it's fair game.
posted by pbrim at 1:18 PM on February 18, 2013 [18 favorites]


The concept that you don't want the cat walking on the counter, or sleeping on the sofa even when you are not there is totally outside their world view. If they can reach it, and you are not around, it's fair game.

Wow, having cats really DOES prepare you for small children.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 1:38 PM on February 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


I wish they had never screwed with the titles.
posted by laconic skeuomorph at 1:56 PM on February 18, 2013


Makes me think. Where are all the cat bones?

They're not in the catacombs.
posted by Twang at 2:17 PM on February 18, 2013


Everything not nailed down belongs to the cat.
If it can be pried up, it is not nailed down.
posted by seanmpuckett at 2:23 PM on February 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wow, having cats really DOES prepare you for small children.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 1:38 PM on February 18


Also for being on a ship: if it's not secured, it's going to roll, scoot, or slide onto the floor. Likely under furniture with only an inch of clearance.
posted by DisreputableDog at 3:05 PM on February 18, 2013 [5 favorites]


Ha! That's great.
posted by homunculus at 3:41 PM on February 18, 2013


Makes me think. Where are all the cat bones?

They're not in the catacombs.


They are in the pyramids, though.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 3:52 PM on February 18, 2013


i wonder how much cat hair is still on that thing?
posted by lester at 7:56 PM on February 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


I keep wondering what curses the scribe would have used for the unhappy blackpaws. Research of historical soundscapes is hot these days, and I begin to understand why.
posted by Namlit at 1:50 AM on February 20, 2013


..if it's not secured, it's going to roll, scoot, or slide onto the floor. Likely under furniture with only an inch of clearance.

Which is exactly why I removed the feet from my bed and couch. No unders!
posted by DU at 10:35 AM on February 20, 2013


1 Kitty, 2 Empires, 2,000 Years: World History Told Through a Brick
posted by homunculus at 4:14 PM on February 22, 2013


Mischievous Cats in World History, Part 3
posted by homunculus at 3:20 PM on February 23, 2013


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