Perhaps Gareth got the idea from here

Mad Gareth Morgan out of the blue decided to start a cat-pocalypse…perhaps he got the idea from this article at The Atlantic:


Think you’re the first person to consider the offensive capabilities of cats and birds in a hypothetical war against zombies space invaders enemies of the Holy Roman Empire? Think again! 

The Germans beat you to it by about 425 years, as proven by this painting, which BibliOdyssey found andThe Appendix Journal posted to its Tumblr. The manuscript from which it was drawn was called “Feuer Buech,” which I’m guessing translates from the old German to English as “Fire Book.” It’s a “treatise on munitions and explosive devices, with many illustrations of the various devices and their uses.”

The University of Pennsylvania, which digitized this manuscript, describes this image as, “Illustration, cat and bird with rocket packs.”


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  • Dr Stoat

    No, he probably got the idea from Robert Darnton’s book, ‘The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes In French Cultural History’. It describes an event in mid-eighteenth century Paris where many cats were killed as an early form of worker’s protest.