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January 13, 2009 3:17 PM   Subscribe

Cat wanders on stage during live weather broadcast. Judging from the reaction, this happens all the time in Germany.
posted by grapefruitmoon (80 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
Is there a German equivalent for "It's going to be raining cats and dogs?"
posted by Joe Beese at 3:24 PM on January 13, 2009


Insert Sprockets quote here.
posted by Rhomboid at 3:26 PM on January 13, 2009


What's he saying at the very end? Something something "katze" something.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 3:27 PM on January 13, 2009


Judging by the cat's licking of the guy's beard when he picked it up, I think the cats motivations were clearly two-fold;

1) Try and eat the rat or mouse that was all the way up there on the humans face.
2) Gain international TV exposure to kick off plans for world domination in the process.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:29 PM on January 13, 2009


Ich liebe die Studiokatze.
posted by markkraft at 3:29 PM on January 13, 2009 [13 favorites]


"What's he saying at the very end? Something something "katze" something."
posted by soundofsuburbia at 9:27 AM on January 14

Katze = cat. For your further info, had he been saying 'Kater', it would have implied it was a male cat.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:30 PM on January 13, 2009


Cats. Ugh.
posted by koeselitz at 3:31 PM on January 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


I like how the cat would turn to look whenever the weatherman would turn toward the greenscreen

"What? What are we looking at? Huh. I stare at nothing for a long time too and no one pays me for it."


does anyone remember a PBS pet-advice show hosted by a vet who had about a billion animals just running around all over each other and on top of him while he gave advice like he was a pasty Beastmaster or something?
posted by The Whelk at 3:31 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


You know what other German was affectionate to domestic animals?
posted by Joe Beese at 3:32 PM on January 13, 2009


Effigy2000: Yeah, I know that. (Or, at least I know "katze" is "cat".) I was just wondering about his parting message, it seems to me that he breaks away from the script and says a few words about the cat. My german is very bad, so I could be wrong, though.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 3:35 PM on January 13, 2009


Studio Cat is Watching You Prognosticate.
posted by chimaera at 3:35 PM on January 13, 2009 [31 favorites]


When the cat first entered the scene and only the tip of its tail was visible, that was the best part. After that, a shark fin should've appeared at the bottom of the screen, slowly gliding by. Moments later, the map of eastern Germany should've fallen down to reveal a charging herd of elephants, which would, of course, trample the weatherman (which is too bad, cause he seemed a likable sort) and, just after that, the cameraman. The clip would end with the now fallen and unmanned camera pointed toward the ceiling, and one final appearance of the cat, staring curiously into the lens of the camera. A final "meaow" would end the clip.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:36 PM on January 13, 2009 [29 favorites]


I like how the cat would turn to look whenever the weatherman would turn toward the greenscreen

INVISIBLE WEATHER MAP
posted by hifiparasol at 3:37 PM on January 13, 2009 [16 favorites]


Sort of bizarre looking newscaster. Is that the equivalent of US network station local news or the equivalent of local cable access?
posted by octothorpe at 3:39 PM on January 13, 2009


UNSICHTBARER WETTERKARTE.

(SICHTBARE WETTERKATZE).
posted by Flipping_Hades_Terwilliger at 3:39 PM on January 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


I like the attached link under the cat video about the weatherman and the cockroach better.
posted by Windigo at 3:39 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


His accent threw me a little (I almost never hear it around these parts) and I was slightly hypnotized by the cuteness, but the gist if I didn't mis-hear was that there were going to be some cold nights and hopefully the cats had thick fur.
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 3:43 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Sort of bizarre looking newscaster.

He has such groovy-step dad hair I thought he was going to over me a joint and a dip in his Jacuzzi.
posted by The Whelk at 3:43 PM on January 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


Please tell me it was followed by a dog chasing his ass...
posted by jonmc at 3:43 PM on January 13, 2009


It's difficult to articulate why this is so soothing. Something about the way he scoops the cat up and lets it nuzzle him while he explains what the weather is going to be makes me feel like there couldn't possibly be anything bad in the world. There's nothing stagey about it - he doesn't make a great show of fussing over the cat, just absently strokes its neck as he proceeds with the forecast. I've just watched it through twice, and I haven't felt this happy since I had my last co-codamol.
posted by Acheman at 3:47 PM on January 13, 2009 [31 favorites]


In other news, it is fucking cold in Germany.
posted by The Bellman at 3:47 PM on January 13, 2009 [3 favorites]


Studiokatze can see what's on the green screen, even when mere humans can't.
posted by markkraft at 3:50 PM on January 13, 2009


Personally, I think that having a studio cat or two is a great idea. It would probably up the ratings noticeably.
posted by markkraft at 3:52 PM on January 13, 2009


Metafilter: they can't all be the best live news blooper ever.
posted by JT at 3:54 PM on January 13, 2009


Something about the presence of that advertisement on the start of the video makes me think this is a viral thing. Nevertheless, kitty!
posted by davejay at 3:55 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


I want to feel smug and superior about the weatherman's jump-on-a-chair hysterics but I'm no better
posted by The Whelk at 4:03 PM on January 13, 2009


I want to feel smug and superior about the weatherman's jump-on-a-chair hysterics but I'm no better

I once saw a roach - a small one - skitter across the floor of my bedroom. Not only did I scream a like a girl, I smashed it with the heel of my dress loafers (the nearest hard object to hand) over and over again until it was liquid - the way people in scary movies will repeatedly stab something after it's dead until their arm gets tired. And I was fully clothed at the time.

It's not us. It's the roaches.
posted by Joe Beese at 4:09 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


davejay: Nevertheless, kitty!

No! You're a kitty! <3 <3 <3

Those "<3" are mice heads because, you know, you're a kitty.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:10 PM on January 13, 2009 [4 favorites]


Something about the presence of that advertisement on the start of the video makes me think this is a viral thing.

Nah, that's a German thing. They're saying the weather itself is presented by the bank. (That is honestly what the voiceover says, promise.)
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:15 PM on January 13, 2009


This is my favorite thing that I've seen today.
posted by desjardins at 4:18 PM on January 13, 2009


Actually, those weather ads bring back memories of living in Germany and having my host grandmother suddenly turn up the volume when the "JETZT BEIM WETTER" ads started. It's like a signal "blah blah blah news, blah blah blah THIS AD MEANS THE WEATHER REPORT IS COMING! OH BOY! TURN UP THE VOLUME!"
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:21 PM on January 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


I think I speak for many people with some sort of association with the USAF when I say:

Huh. Cloudy and rainy* in K-town. Imagine.

*Does green on the radar mean rain in Germany too?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 4:24 PM on January 13, 2009


Not only did I scream a like a girl, I smashed it with the heel of my dress loafers (the nearest hard object to hand) over and over again until it was liquid

Ahh yes, the MrChiCity3 method!
posted by mannequito at 4:25 PM on January 13, 2009


Du.

Du hast.

Du hast katze.
posted by turgid dahlia at 4:29 PM on January 13, 2009 [23 favorites]


You know, if tv news people were smart, they'd see the interest in this clip as a sign pointing toward a new, more honest and human way of delivering news.

If tv people were smart.
posted by mediareport at 4:29 PM on January 13, 2009 [3 favorites]


I beleive the bit at the end is "und die Katzen haben hoffentlich ein dickes fell in die nachte" --> "and hopefully the cats have a thick skin in the nights" (since it's clearly super cold).
posted by wildcrdj at 4:33 PM on January 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


You know, if tv news people were smart, they'd see the interest in this clip as a sign pointing toward a new, more honest and human way of delivering news.

CNN's election-night holograms didn't do it for you?
posted by Joe Beese at 4:41 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


i can haz Wetterbericht?
posted by armage at 4:43 PM on January 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


via cynical-c - “I noticed him when he rubbed against my leg and thought people might wonder what was happening. I figured it would be easier to control the cat by picking him up. Cats get annoyed if they feel ignored. So I made sure he didn’t feel ignored.”
posted by kliuless at 4:44 PM on January 13, 2009 [3 favorites]


From the weathermap, I believe the region here is the Rhineland.
posted by KokuRyu at 5:00 PM on January 13, 2009


Something soothing about watching somebody cradle and scratch a cat during news. This should happen more often.

And the guy having a hissy fir about the bug is hilarious. Almost as good as lizard jumps on tv host.
posted by nickyskye at 5:03 PM on January 13, 2009 [4 favorites]


*would you believe hissy fit?
posted by nickyskye at 5:05 PM on January 13, 2009


Windigo: I like the attached link under the cat video about the weatherman and the cockroach better.

For those who missed that link, here it is. Where grapefruitmoon's link is awesome, this clip is superduperawesome.

Meanwhile, I'm packing my things to go to Deutschland to bekomme ein Wettermann.
posted by not_on_display at 5:09 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


does anyone remember a PBS pet-advice show hosted by a vet who had about a billion animals just running around all over each other and on top of him while he gave advice like he was a pasty Beastmaster or something?


I think maybe Marc Morrone? He had the biggest freaking rabbit on that set that I've ever seen.
posted by librarianamy at 5:11 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


hissy fir

Ah, the venerable hissy fir. This once-noble tree, native to the Appalachians, now long logged into extinction to make that very particular type of supremely irritating paper used to "seal in the freshness" on plastic tubs of butter, and also the price stickers on books, which never come off quite right, and they always tear away improperly, taking square inches of the beautifully designed cover of your pristine copy of The Stars My Destination or, fuck, now I've got to get this off, because it just looks wrong, what a pain in the-...great, now I've got butter all over my fingers. That's. Just. Great. Thanks a whole lot.
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:15 PM on January 13, 2009 [15 favorites]


I really liked the weatherman's quote about the situation from kliueless' link so I clicked on it to see if the guy had anything else to say, but am I the only one who was immensely tickled to find out the cat's name is Lupin?

"Stupid weatherman, of course you don't know how he got in. Didn't you know? That cat is a master thief!!"
posted by kkokkodalk at 5:29 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Meow meow meow meow we can invade Poland through this highway, mein cat brethren, meow meow meow lick.
posted by shadytrees at 5:33 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yoga with Hayward and cat
posted by homunculus at 5:33 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Okay, to be fair, some palmetto bugs in florida and georgia have wings. several years ago I was cleaning an upstairs litterbox when I saw a roach. So, I grabbed a piece of newspaper to pick it up and flush it down the toilet when it FLEW UP AT ME.

I ran screaming down the stairs until I could calm down.

In the war between humans and roaches, the roaches with wings will win.
posted by wittgenstein at 5:34 PM on January 13, 2009 [4 favorites]


I wonder if the cat could pull a Wurzelbacher and end up as an anchor on DW.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 5:45 PM on January 13, 2009


50 comments and no translation? I figured there would be at least some excerpts translated into English about his reaction.
posted by crapmatic at 5:46 PM on January 13, 2009


Approximate translation:

And now...to the weather
Presented by ______________ bank...
Good evening, welcome to the weather...
Blah blah blah ... temperatures in the early morning between 10 and 12 C...
Blah blah blah...more weathery stuff...looking good for winter lovers...
...hopefully the cats have a thick skin for the cold nights.

*bows*
posted by mynameisluka at 5:52 PM on January 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


crapmatic: 50 comments and no translation? I figured there would be at least some excerpts translated into English about his reaction.

WEATHERMAN: It's going to be chilly in Bayern, with winds coming down out of the North-east, and, ahh, here's the producer's cat. She knows I'm allergic, and that it's my birthday, so Happy Birthday to Me! Say, this doesn't have anything to do with that time that I got crunk at your wedding, does it? Well, I'm going to cook this cat and eat it, how do you like that? Lows in the mid twenties.
posted by not_on_display at 5:54 PM on January 13, 2009 [9 favorites]


You people are missing the point - Cats are the natural enemy of the roach. This weatherman is perpared. No hissy fit for him!
posted by Lesser Shrew at 6:00 PM on January 13, 2009


I like small and unexpected pleasures such as this.
posted by dawson at 6:01 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


I wonder if the cat could pull a Wurzelbacher and end up as an anchor on DW.

The last time I pulled a Wurzelbacher I was in traction for a week.
posted by krinklyfig at 6:57 PM on January 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


Rough translation of the cat bits:

"Our studio cat is also right here, without permission...One moment, I'll hold her anyway. Can you still hear me? Okay, yes, the microphone isn't being blocked."

Also, at the end he mentions some cold weather and says "hopefully the cats have thick fur for the nights."

Nothing too exciting, but this is a German weatherman we're talking about here.
posted by jedicus at 7:01 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


In Germany, cats need permission to be in the studio.
posted by Ian A.T. at 7:13 PM on January 13, 2009 [4 favorites]


Okay, to be fair, some palmetto bugs in florida and georgia have wings.

Also, they're about the size of that weatherman's cat.
posted by dirigibleman at 7:30 PM on January 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


Ahhh, Marc Morrone and his huge collection of distracted, wandering animals. I remember him having even more on his other show, just cats and rats and turtles and birds and mice and puppies all crawling over him like he was the center of some Adorable Orgy.
posted by The Whelk at 7:58 PM on January 13, 2009 [3 favorites]


Also that clip features an African Grey playing with the monkey. Marc's nasally central jersey accent is just the icing on the cake.
posted by The Whelk at 8:00 PM on January 13, 2009


None of them went in the cage, or swung on the little wooden trapeze or ate any of the nice millet seed yum, yum...that was the news for parrots, and now over to cat's weather.

This guy does have a soothing voice. I can see why the cat went over. Making me sleepy like watching Bob Ross paint and hide his smokes.
posted by Smedleyman at 8:11 PM on January 13, 2009


They're saying the weather itself is presented by the bank. (That is honestly what the voiceover says, promise.)

Here the weather is presented by the Miccosukee tribe.
posted by mike3k at 8:25 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Cats get annoyed if they feel ignored.

That explains why mine get so obnoxious when I'm working and ignore them.
posted by mike3k at 8:27 PM on January 13, 2009


Okay, I'll admit I'm jealous.

You posted a Videogum post about where a cat walks in and basically nothing happens, and you got 64 comments. (now 65!) I posted a Videogum MLYT with some of the most nightmarishly amateurish music videos I've ever seen (the one right below this) and I only get 7. WTF?

I know, I should really readjust my priorities in life. I just wanted to be really shallow for just a moment.
posted by fungible at 8:29 PM on January 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


Fungible
No, I understand how you feel, I'm pretty sure if I had posted it i would have gotten about 7 comments as well, and if there are more they would mostly be criticisms about the post. I feel yah.
posted by Del Far at 9:16 PM on January 13, 2009


I have often wished I worked in a place that had a cat.
posted by awfurby at 9:35 PM on January 13, 2009


I have often wished I worked in a place that had a cat.

I often sneak home from work early and have a nap with my cat.
posted by shelleycat at 10:02 PM on January 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


After watching Marc's other videos I am now convinced that God is a slightly distracted, slightly fey man trying to keep the puppies from hitting the floor, turtles from biting tongues, and kittens from tormenting the lizards.

"whoops! crash."
posted by The Whelk at 10:28 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


You posted a Videogum post about where a cat walks in and basically nothing happens, and you got 64 comments. (now 65!) I posted a Videogum MLYT with some of the most nightmarishly amateurish music videos I've ever seen (the one right below this) and I only get 7. WTF?

I flagged your post because the Katt Productions tag made me think there was going to be cats in it, and there was only some no-necked dude who used Tom Waits' smooth voice.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:32 PM on January 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


librarianamy:

Giant rabbit in Christmas PSA here.
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 2:05 AM on January 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ich kann Wettermann hat?
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 3:19 AM on January 14, 2009 [2 favorites]


fungible: BEHOLD THE POWER OF KITTIES.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:43 AM on January 14, 2009


Was it Caturday?
posted by punkfloyd at 4:29 AM on January 14, 2009


This is my favorite thing that I've seen today.
posted by desjardins at 7:18 PM on January 13 [+] [!]


Me too!
posted by yoga at 7:31 AM on January 14, 2009


Surprised no-one else has mentioned this, but when he picks up the studio-cat there's a hidden cat face secretly placed on the weather map!

Seriously, look at it again. There's two blobs of high pressure making the cat's eyes, a little red patch making the kitty nose and an isobar making the whiskers. How freaky is that?
posted by afx237vi at 8:02 AM on January 14, 2009


I hereby claim Die Studiokatzen as my next band's name.
posted by minifigs at 8:13 AM on January 14, 2009


Cat removal backfires
posted by exogenous at 8:13 AM on January 14, 2009


This is very pleasing. The weatherman clearly knows and likes cats. The cat seems to know this, and has determined it is time for affection. The cat is all in his face because he is talking for no apparent reason, and not to the cat. He's nice to the cat and continues his broadcast.

How many others would simply stop and demand the cat be removed?

As for the guy with the roach: ROFLMAO!
posted by Goofyy at 10:36 AM on January 14, 2009


Baby wombats at the office
posted by homunculus at 9:09 AM on January 15, 2009


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