In 1952, a gray male tabby cat appeared at the door of Room 8 at Elysian Heights Elementary School in Echo Park. He stayed throughout the school year, left at summer vacation -- and came back on the first day of class in September. He became the school's cat, and his name was Room 8. Room 8 was featured in LOOK Magazine and the Weekly Reader, had a children's book written about him, and lived until 1968. One former student said, "I never liked Room 8 because he sat on my homework." The Wikipedia entry. Room 8's grave. The Room 8 Memorial Cat Foundation (a no-kill shelter).
The Walker Internet Cat Video festival took place last week I was there, and I'd say that crowd estimate of 10,000 was pretty accurate as far as I could tell. Most of the content was, eh, but speaking as a not-cat-video fan there were a few that were pretty good not that far off. There were videos in multiple categories. [more inside]
Uh oh! Everyone's favorite Internet cat, Lil Bub, took over BuzzFeed. Let's get ready to BUBFeed! (Bubstep sold separately) [more inside]
How do you cheer up a cat-loving teenage cancer patient who misses her kitty? With the Cat Immersion Project for Maga. Brought to you by Seattle Children's Hospital and 3000+ people who sent in photos of their cats. [via ZeFrank]
CAT LOVES GIRL Girl is unsure about it.
Not The Onion: Cat Mayor celebrates 15th Year in Office. Stubbs (C-AK) is not the first or only non-human elected mayor of an American town; two dogs and a goat have shared the same honor.
Revolutionary new web technology detects cat's faces in any picture.(Does not support IE)
Catcopter. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their helicopters, or why.
Vintage meezers. NSFW.
Kitty Cat Sings the Blues (SLYT) "I woke up this morning...then I went back to sleep. Then I woke up this afternoon...and I went back to sleep..."
Cat Alarm Clock SLYT
Little parakeet just won't leave kitty alone. I mean, really. Doesn't matter if kitty is drinking, or trying to sleep. He just won't leave kitty alone. I mean, really. Kitty's cool with it, though, and they enjoy the same food. And neither of them are especially interested in the beetle.
Henry Dagg squeezes out "Over the Rainbow" with the help of a nuisance of toy cats
Play ChatChat. Description: A multiplayer game about being a cat. Instructions: Be a cat. (By Terry Cavanagh, who brought you VVVVVV).
Contrary to popular belief, cats can make great DJs. It's just a small sample, but it's nice to see him really get into it as the set progresses.
“We now have a ‘lost cat in airplane’ file that’s got one piece of paper in it after this morning.” [more inside]
Cat GIF Page You won't be able to stop looking.
A nightmarish Keyboard Cat from the 1950s children's program Andy's Gang. You might want to leave the lights on tonight.
If you think about the top ten science blog posts of 2011 you pretty much have to agree on the #1. It's the glow in the dark kitty. But there are other animals that shine for Science.
Cat soothes crying baby It's a cat. Soothing a crying baby. It's practically designed to go viral.
Nononono cat is displeased. Nononono cat is autotuned. Nononono cat is in Destiny's Child. Nononono cat brings bass. Nononono cat is stuck in a time warp. Nononono cat goes to rehab. Nononono cat plays Tetris, and Mario Brothers. Is this the Nononono cat? No. [more inside]
Cat, meet CAT! Photos of a mountain lion meeting Zeus, an 11 year old Maine Coon cat, only separated by a sliding glass door. Mountain lions are fairly common in Colorado, and as people develop in their territory, we'll see more and more encounters. A list of fatal cougar attacks in North America. Some facts about Puma concolor.
Classic album covers, now with kittens!
Rick taught his cat, Lou, how to use instant messaging. Their chat logs can be read at Lou vs. Rick. (SLTP)
Two faced cat is a record breaker. Latest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records to feature Frank and Louie, a 12-year-old cat with two mouths, two noses and three eyes who survived against huge odds. [more inside]
Your Friday morning smile, Simon's Cat.
If cats ran the telecom company (in a world of cats), it would
sort of look like look exactly like this. (via the boing)
One of you will spend the evening either transcribing this into English, or putting subtitles on it, I just know you will. Please let me know when you're done.
Metafilter has previously seen Cat Ladders, a picture gallery and tribute to cat ladders around the world - approximately 967 of them, in 22 countries including Turkey, the Netherlands, Brazil, and various United States. But have we watched them? (via.) [more inside]
Mesmerized by Stuffed Animal | Fluffy likes it rough | slap a cat, stereo | unrequited | cabbage cat | nyan Bollywood style | Yakety Cat white on white | In Soviet Russia... Cat Pet YOU | kitten catatonic | smart. [more inside]
Cat Prin: the creator. Vice TV interviews the person behind Pet Office, Inc (previously). Pet Office, of course, provides the illustrations for Cat Town, created by metafilter's own Spatch.
How is kitteh video formed? (SLYT) Did you ever wonder the origin of all the wonderful cat videos on the Internet? You're welcome.