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Posted by Mr. Poe | June 29, 2007 9:51 AM

This is probably totally inappropriate, but here goes:

Posted by Callie | June 29, 2007 9:55 AM

Whatsamatter, Mr. Poe? Did someone insult your pussy?

Posted by bitch on heels | June 29, 2007 9:55 AM

That's about to be one sorry, sorry pussycat in that picture, Callie. I wouldn't mess with an eagle if I was wearing an iron suit. Puss there is about the size of dinner, too.

Your cats, and your laws, and your concept of agriculture: yeah, Mesopotamia was important.

Posted by Fnarf | June 29, 2007 9:58 AM

Yes, bitch! I'm furious!

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 29, 2007 10:16 AM

Interesting article, particularily the hypothesis that cats chose to be domesticated by man, thus their apparent indifference to overt efforts to tame them. I for one am glad that the wildness still exists in my Pete and Sam, but I personally think the article overlooked the attraction cats have for warmth. My fireplace is an irresisitable cat-magnet, and I think that is why cats chose to befriend us - for a warm spot by the fire. The rodents were just an added perk.

Posted by crazycatguy | June 29, 2007 10:44 AM

actually...isn't all humanity "Iraqi". Isn't Iraq the "cradle of civilization"?

Posted by :: shawn :: | June 29, 2007 11:13 AM

there were no iraqis then.

and so on.

the current iraqi populace is likely descended from invaders who chopped the genitals off the men, paraded them through their capital, & raped & enslaved the women who first domesticated the kitty cat.

its how things got done back then.

Posted by maxsolomon | June 29, 2007 11:24 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | June 29, 2007 11:28 AM

If only I could just walk into someone's house and get them to feed and pet me. I'd say cats have domesticated humans, not the other way around.

Posted by monkey | June 29, 2007 11:35 AM


It's more accurate to say that all of humanity is African. Mesopotamia may have been the cradle of civilization, but not all humans are descended from Mesopotamians. We are, however, all descended from Africans.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 29, 2007 11:45 AM

Okay, so cat's have had 10,000 years now to evolve into what they are. Why the fuck haven't they figured out how to clean their fur without hacking up a hairball later? Fucking digest the thing or something! Vile creature! And quite puking on my carpet!

Posted by Patrilicious | June 29, 2007 11:54 AM

Co-evolution: cats and people chose each other. That's always the way it works. We like to think we chose to domesticate dogs. No, our trash piles attracted a friendly breed of wolves, and the nicer ones got an easy source of food and access to a really smart pack.

The same goes for agriculture. Grains evolved to be attractive to people, who then transformed their entire way of living to meet the needs of grain. Neither could have succeeded without the other. Read Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan.

Posted by Cascadian | June 29, 2007 12:21 PM

Clearly this is completely false.

Everyone KNOWS the Earth is only 6,000 years old.

Posted by COMTE | June 29, 2007 1:11 PM

Robin Quivers once said (paraphrasing), "having a cat is the closest thing to having a wild animal in your home." That is exactly the feeling I have for my cats.

I love this post. Thinking about my kittys' ancestors domesticating their human feeders is great!

Posted by Mike in MO | June 29, 2007 1:58 PM

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