By Sam Stall
A hundred Cats Who Made a Difference
If you don't think that one cat has the ability to change civilization, then you've evidently by no means heard of Tibbles (p. 12), the cat who single-handedly burnt up a whole species. Or Ahmedabad (p. 61), a Siamese kitten who sparked riots all through Pakistan. Or Snowball (p. 14), the cat who helped to convict dozens of murderers and criminals. Or Felix (p. 155), the 1st cat to discover outer space.
These are only 4 of the a hundred Cats Who replaced Civilization, and this booklet honors their extra-ordinary contributions to technological know-how, heritage, paintings, govt, faith, and extra. You'll meet a cat who filed a lawsuit (p. sixty six) and a cat who used to be slapped with a restraining order (p. 75). You'll meet cats who've encouraged nice works of literature (p. ninety) and classical song (p. 102). You'll even meet a cat who telephoned the police to save lots of the lifetime of his proprietor (p. 162). those fantastically illustrated real tales are a tribute to the intelligence, bravery, and loving nature of cats worldwide.
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Kids, I’m sorry, but the truth is, a few evenings spent sleeping with strangers and tripping your brains out on peyote or some really clean blotter acid would be the best thing that could ever happen to you. Forget trying to get a job at Google or trying to raise venture funding for some startup. Go down to the Mission and score some weed. Buy yourself a bong, and fire it up. Then go think of an idea for a company. Which is all a long way of saying that the first thing I do when I get home from the Ultimate Frisbee game is go upstairs to my office, put on some Leonard Cohen and fire up a bowl of some fine reddish buds.
After the meal, Larry gets up and shows off his karate moves, which scares the shit out of the geisha girls. They all go running from the room screaming. By the time we’re done it’s five in the afternoon. From Larry’s driveway we can see out over the entire Valley. Low black clouds are massing overhead, getting ready to pour. Up here in the hills a few fat drops have started splattering down. “All those poor bastards,” Larry says, nodding toward Route 280, where the traffic is jammed up and inching along.
Obnoxious. I’m told all the time that I seem like a narcissistic egomaniac. You know what I say? I say, “Look, wouldn’t you be an egomaniac if you woke up one day and found out you were me? ” Of course the bad part of being such a mega-rich mega-famous mega-creative genius is that there are always some jerks looking to take a shot at you. In my case those jerks include the United States government, and despite everything I’ve done for the world—or maybe because of it—they are determined to put me out of business.
100 Cats Who Changed Civilization: History's Most Influential Felines by Sam Stall