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Twitter Thread: The Incredible Story Of Simon, The HMS Amethyst Ship Cat

When we think about history and war, rarely do we think about the animals. Deservedly, we talk about the soldiers and the fallen, the events that occurred, but sometimes, the animals have stories of their own. Simon, the HMS Amethyst ship cat, has lived one of the most amazing cat lives and has one of the most incredible stories. Thank you to @garius for putting this story together and sharing it with the world. We hope many more people read it and learn about Simon.

Simon is not the only ship cat out there either, there apparently have been many ship cats adorably sleeping in tiny hammocks throughout history. And other cats throughout history have been captured destroying all of our things. And though, no, none of their stories are quite as amazing as Simon's, we love them all. 

twitter thread about the HMS Amethyst ship cat | thumbnail includes a black and white picture of a cat and a tweet 'Cat - John Bull ... @garius Sod it. Have a Friday history thread. Let's talk about Simon. Ship's cat for HMS Amethyst. Survivor of the 1949 Yangtse Incident and the only cat ever to be awarded the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. 2:47 PM Jul 16, 2021 - Twitter Web App'
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Paintings Of Cats Destroying Stuff Through The Centuries (Twitter Thread)

Every cat owner in the world knows two things: 1. Cats are the best thing in the world. 2. Cats are jerks

Listen, we can admit it. Cats being jerks and having annoying habits like sleeping on our fresh laundry or constantly trying to eat food off our plates - none of that stops us from loving them to death. And apparently, that's been the case throughout the centuries. 

@Manglewood on twitter who previously provided the internet with one of the most wholesome twitter threads of naval ship cats in tiny hammocks throughout history has done it again, giving the internet one of the funniest cat twitter threads of cats straight-up destroying all of our stuff in painting through the centuries. 

You're doing very impawtent work for the cat world, @Manglewood, stay strong.

twitter thread of paintings of cats destroying things throughout history | thumbnail includes two paintings of a cat eating a woman's dress and one tweet 'Human - Molly Hodgdon @Manglewood Good news: I compiled a brief overview of cats wrecking our stuff throughout the centuries. First, Two Young Women Wrapped in Yukata After a Bath. Kitagawa Utamaro, ca. 1796. metmuseum.org/art/collection... 4:09 AM Jul 4, 2021 · Twitter Web App 3,626 Retweets 296 Quote Tweets 9,214 Likes'
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Twitter Thread: Naval Ship Cats In Tiny Hammocks Throughout History

If you have ever needed proof that the love for cats has been eternal throughout all of history, this is it. This absolutely purrfect twitter thread of pictures of cats chilling in tiny hammocks on naval ships throughout history, collected by @Manglewood on twitter is all the proof you will ever need. 

Cats have been leaving their paw prints throughout history for a long time, we know that, but seeing them being doted on by humans like this is so wholesome, it's makes our heart hurt. No wonder cats domesticated themselves when humans want nothing more than to give them love - and food. Thank you for collecting these pictures, and we can't wait to see some of our hammock kitty pictures added to this collection in the future. 

viral twitter thread of tiny cats in tiny hammocks on naval ships | thumbnail includes one picture of a soldier smiling at a kitten in a hammock on a ship and one tweet 'Outerwear - Molly Hodgdon @Manglewood Good news: I have gathered a bunch of photos of naval ship cats in tiny hammocks. Here are sailors of the HMS Hermione in 1941 surrounding their sleeping cat, Convoy. 4:47 PM Jul 2, 2021 - Twitter Web App 22.2K Retweets 2,971 Quote Tweets 83.2K Likes'
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Curious User Finds Out The Pawdorable History Of Their Adopted Puppy

When we adopt a pet - young or old - and don't know their story, we can't help but wonder about it. I can say personally that I've always wondered if my little kitten's ears look funny and different because something bit her or if it's just genetic. There's no way for me to know, and the curiosity has stayed all the years that I've had her. 

Sometimes though, you get lucky and find out exactly where they're from. Like this story that went viral on imgur. This curious imgur user managed to discover his little puppy's background, and it warmed the hearts of tens of thousands because it is one of the most wholesome, heartwarming stories possible. 

From adorable pupper to "weird looking leggy goober", this is the history of Jupiter. 

viral story about an imgur user finding out the history of their adopted puppy thumbnail includes two pictures including a puppy sitting on a vet's table 'I decided to look up the rescue he came from... and stumbled upon these photos of his mama!!' and a mom dog with her litter 'The dark brown one all the way on the right is Jupiter'
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2,000-Year-Old Cat Discovered Etched Among Nazca Lines In Peru

Cats were as important 2,000 years ago as they are today! Important enough to be etched into the desert among the Nazca lines in Peru. 

In the dun sands of Southern Peru, lays the Nazca lines, hundreds of geometric and zoomorphic images. Figured etched centuries ago with geoglyphs of an orca, what some believe to be an astronaut, a monkey, and a hummingbird. These figures are said to be dated between 200BC and 100BC. And just recently, a new figure has been discovered - the feline. 

An enormous cat Nazca line emerged while officials worked to improve access to one of the hills that would provide a wonderful and natural vantage point, in which a handful of the designs could be seen. 

Peru's culture ministry said in a statement, "The figure was scarcely visible and was about to disappear because it's situated on quite a steep slope that's prone to the effects of natural erosion. Over the past week, the geoglyph was cleaned and conserved, and shows a feline figure in profile, with its head facing the front." 

The new feline discovery is said to be 37meters long.

Johny Isla, Peru's chief archaeologist for the lines, told the Spanish news agency Efe, "It's quite striking that we're still finding new figures, but we also know that there are more to be found."

Isla continues, "Over the past few years, the use of drones has allowed us to take images of hillsides."

Story via The Guardian


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Cats Leaving Their Paw Marks Throughout History Thread Goes Viral

You know how cats always go to places they shouldn't go to, always sit where they shouldn't, always act like absolute hooligans? Yeah, they've always done that. Apparently, all throughout history, cats have been walking around in important places, on important documents, leaving their kitty paw marks, and now, we have proof.

A twitter thread by the user @DannyDutch who collected all the pieces of evidence of how cats have been walking over our things for over 4,000 years has gone vial. People added their own pictures to the thread as well, and we found another few. Some other users also gave their own purrfect additions, showing that cats are still leaving their marks to this day. 

twitter thread plus tweets of cats leaving their paw prints in important places throughout history thumbnail includes two pictures of two different open books with cat paw prints on them
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100-Year-Old Vintage Cat Memes

Believe it or not but it turns out the very first cat memes were created over 100 years ago, thanks to a photographer named Harry Whittier Frees. Harry Whittier Frees dressed up cats and posed them with props, just the way one would photograph a human. He basically did what people do today before it was cool. 

Frees was born in 1879, Reading, Pennsylvania. In an interview with LIFE magazine, it was told he took his first "lolcat" photo completely by accident! The year was 1906 when his family gathered for dinner and brought a paper hat. They passed around the hat from head to head until it was placed on the head of Frees' cat. At that moment he took a photo of a cat with a hat. The source mentions how admired the shot was so he began to take more photos of cats in outfits and props. 

These photographs were taken in the early 1900s with a camera speed of 1/5th a second. As as we all know, cats (especially kittens) move constantly. Especially when you're trying to take a picture of them! So you can imagine how difficult it must have been and reportedly, two-thirds of the negatives had to discarded due to their blurriness. 

Honestly, it just makes the following images that much more impressive! Feast your eyes on the world's earliest cat memes: 

vintage cat memes cute cats kittens meme history 1900 lolcats amazing interesting cool aww | black and white photograph of two farmer kittens holding a rake and a watering can
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Long before cat ruled the internet (and pretty much our lives), cats were making history. 

Some of our feline friends found themselves making it to the history books without even realizing it. Here are 8 amazing and true stories of cats doing some very good deeds. 

Want more videos? Cheezburger's Youtube Channel is where it's at! 


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"Sometime 10,000 years ago we domesticated humans." - Cats, most definitely. 

If cats were to tell the story of their hiss-tory, what would they say?

In this amazing animated video, Eva-Maria Geigl traces the domestication of the modern house cat. And yes, it's fascinating. 

"In ancient times, wildcats were fierce carnivorous hunters. And unlike dogs, who have undergone centuries of selective breeding, modern cats are genetically very similar to ancient cats. How did these solitary, fierce predators become our sofa sidekicks?"

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Historical Moment: Two Cheetah Cubs Born By Surrogate Mother

This a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough! After 20 years of trying to increase the cheetah population, there might be hope for their species yet! 

Columbus Zoo, Ohio, has reported that two cheetah cubs (a male and female) were born February 19th, 2020. The birth is thanks to a procedure that took place at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. For the first time in history, US scientists were able to delivery two cubs via vitro fertilisation (IVF), using a surrogate cheetah.

The surrogate mother, Izzy, is a three-year-old cheetah who carried the eggs harvested from six-year-old Kabibi, and sperm from a cheetah at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas. 

Timeline of the historical procedure according to the Smithsonian's National Zoo website:

  • Nov. 14 and 18: The female cheetahs were given hormone injections to develop mature follicles.
  • Nov. 19: Eggs (oocytes) were taken from Izzy and Kibibi. Neither had reproduced previously.
  • Nov. 19: Semen from male cheetah thawed and eggs fertilized.
  • Nov. 21: Team implanted nine embryos in Isabelle (Izzy) and six in second cheetah, Ophelia. A typical cheetah gestation is 93 days.
  • Dec. 23: Izzy was confirmed pregnant via ultrasound, which appeared to show two cubs. The ultrasound confirmed that Ophelia was not pregnant.
  • Feb. 16: Izzy's care providers begin an around-the-clock video birth watch
  • Feb. 19: Cubs born

How amazing is that? Thanks to all the hard working scientists who are keeping these beautiful creature from going extinct! 

Story via CBS News

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Researchers Discovered The Older Cousin Of T-Rex And Named Him "Reaper Of Death"

Researchers in Alberta, Canada discovered new species of tyrannosaur - a 79-million-year-old tyrannosaur named Thanatotheristes degrootorum — which means "reaper of death". The fearsome predator lived 79 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period.


Researchers Discovered The Older Cousin Of T-rex | dinosaur illustration EJ Edmonton Journal @edmontonjournal fearsome lizard with name meaning "reaper death" is first new tyrannosaur species be identified Canada 50 years, say researchers with University Calgary and Royal Tyrrell Museum.
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Informative Tumblr Thread On How Cats Became Domesticated

Ever wonder how cats became domesticated? Or why on Earth humans decided to bring in the adorable and small predators into our homes in the first place? You've come to the right place! 

Tumblr user, Koryos, who studies animal behavior, has written this extremely informative post about how the once-mighty predatory now sits indoors pampered. 

It's actually quite fascinating and Koryos has done a wonderful job of explaining it so well!

Get ready to learn!  

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An Historical Look At The Role Of Service Dogs Centuries Ago

You are probably not surprised to hear that dogs have been helping people with disabilities for centuries. Twitter page @DisabilityHistory takes a look back at art and photos that reveal all the good things done by these good boys many years ago. It has been suggested that the earliest surviving illustration of a guide dog from Western Europe dates to the late fifteenth century.  But there are actually several earlier depictions of guide dogs that survive in medieval manuscripts.      



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Delaware Becomes The First "No-Kill" State In The U.S. For Animal Shelters

This is amazing! Delaware is making history as the first and only no-kill animal shelter state in the country! According to Best Friends Animal Society, a non-profit animal welfare organization. for a state to be recognized as "no-kill," it must achieve a 90% save rate for all the animals that enter -- and Delaware did that. 

Brandywine Valley SPCA, which has three locations in Delaware and cares for more than 14,000 animals each year, have multiple programs implemented on how they achieved this no-kill status!

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Walter Chandoha: The Godfather Of Cat Photos (15 Photos)

You've probably never heard of him, but you've almost definitely seen his photographs. I'm talking about Walter Chandoha, the American photographer, cat dad and husband, who photographed cats for most of his life and was the virtually the pioneer of cat photography. Here is his story. 



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