As you might have noticed, Travis hasn’t been posting for a while due to technical issues. I thought perhaps today I’d post a photo of a cat to speed his return. I’m sure he’ll be motivated to stop this sort of carry on.
Of course, THIS cat is one of our readers’ cats, and it is stopping the reader from enjoying Whaleoil. What should be done about this?
People say, “there is more than one way to skin a cat”…if only they knew where that came from.
My favourite expression is “There are more ways to choke a cat than by stuffing its arse with butter”.
In a November 2010 press conference, President Barack Obama said that “cap and trade” was “just one way of skinning the cat.” It is a common expression, used to imply that there are plenty of ways of doing something. But a closer look at its origins reveals it is a somewhat unsavoury turn of phrase.
Dave Wilton, an English PhD candidate at the University of Toronto and a member of the American Dialect Society, has pointed out that in the 1492 book “Salomon and Marcolphus” there is a scene in which Marcolphus says, “A catte that hath a good skyn shal be flayne.” Solomon responds, “A ferdefull [fearful] woman shabbe [shall be] praysed.” Wilton believes that the exchange implied that a cat’s fur was a valuable commodity and should not be wasted on the cat. “It’s almost certainly quite literal,” Mr Wilton said. “The flaying of cats has a proverbial life that goes back quite far.” Read more »
Retaliation starts at 4:40.
Travis says that this is how to dry a cat:
Pete tells me that cat posts are the go for a bit of traffic.
Which is good because my Hawkes Bay correspondent writes:
This black cat with green eyes had a patch of white on it but we didn’t want to risk it being bad luck so it is digesting lead.
With Cam away, we can finally post some cat videos.
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