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Cute of the Week: Black Cats for Halloween

I kind of am in denial about how fast this year is going, especially now that I only have 13 weeks and change left before becoming a mom for the first time (PANIC MODE, PANIC MODE, PANIC MODE…okay, calm down.)  But anyway, I must accept the passage of time and, delightfully, in this case, the passage of time has led us to Halloween!  Which I love!  So, two weeks ago we celebrated pets who are better at Halloween than me (easy feat) and this week I would like to give a special shout out to black cats.  Long associated with Halloween (and bad luck) they’ve gotten a bad rap in the past.  Hell, even in present day people apparently don’t find black cats as desirable because they don’t look good in selfies?  (SIDE NOTE: WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT OUR SOCIETY AND HOW IT’S TERRIBLE.)

Ugh, anyway, let’s show black cats some love!  Now, I should mention, before we get into the Halloween themed pics, that have a personal stake in changing increasing the black cat love in the world because I have my very own black cat, Calamity Jane.  She loves, nay, INSISTS upon snuggles, is a notorious popcorn thief, and, as I tell her nearly every day, could totally be a plus size cat model:

clamster1  clamster3

I mean, look at that beautiful fur!  That sultry, green eyed gaze!  She’s a beaut.  But anyway, my continued adoration for my own black cat aside, let’s get to some Halloweeny black cats!  I think the thing I love the most about these photos is that they reflect the special sense of betrayal and anger that only cats express when forced into costume.  In fact, you’ll never see a photo of either of my cats in costume because they would murder me in my sleep if I tortured them in that way.  (I have tried and failed to dress both of my cats up.)  But here are some cats whose humans were able to make it happen long enough for a photo (aaaaand probably paid the ultimate price sometime later that day.)  Enjoy!


“I’m sizing up your weaknesses and preparing my attack as we speak.”


“How did this…happen?”


“Really? You think you’ll get away with this? MWAHAHAHAHAHA-” *pauses to cough up hairball* “Anyway, point is, I’ll kill you.”


“This humiliation will not stand. I have already summoned my cat army. You will not see the dawn.”


Okay, I’ve made joke “cat thought” captions for all of the other photos, but I genuinely think this cat is about to kill the person taking the photo.

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Mean Maureen’s Weekly Internet Round Up!


I begin this week’s internet round up with a question – how many tabs is too many tabs to be open on your computer at one time?  I have 16 right now.  Between 7-15 is relatively standard for me.  Is that too many?  Is it… CRAZILY too many?  Am I some sort of tab hoarder who can’t accept the fact that I’m never going to read that article about the guy who survived 8 Nazi death camps?  OR, should I actually read that article right now? And maybe you should too???  It is the weekend, after all, and what better time to get in our long read articles we haven’t found time for throughout the week.

So here, I have a few:

First, since I already mentioned it, the BBC article about a man who survived 8 separate Nazi concentration camps.

Also, from BBC, the story of the world’s youngest cryogenically frozen child.

I actually did get around to reading this one, about why white people won’t choose predominantly black schools, but I would like to read it again and share it with everyone I know because it is really, really good and important to think about.

And in my absolute favorite headline of the week, “Have we discovered megastructures built by aliens around a distant star?”  I don’t know, but that sounds freaking amazing!

But perhaps you’re looking for something a little lighter and more adorable than stories about the Holocaust and aliens who almost certainly could destroy us?  What about some photos of dogs flying through the air and looking hilarious then?

And with that, IT’S THE FREAKIN, WEEKEND, MAN.  (I don’t feel like I entirely pulled off the use of that phrase, but it’s Friday and I no longer care.)  Have a great one!  See you Monday!

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Cute of the Week: Pets Who Are Better at Halloween Than I Am

Guys, I have a confession: I am pretty terrible at Halloween.  I have no shortage of excellent ideas, but I have a major shortage of Ability to Put Said Ideas Into Concrete Plans/Order Things Like Wigs, In Advance.  I was Carrie for, oh, I don’t know, three years running?  (Because once you have a bloody prom dress and tiara just available in your closet, I mean, you’re not NOT going to wear it.)   One year I just wore jeans, a black tank top and cat ears.  (I MEAN, JESUS.)  And this year?  Sigh.  Since being pregnant, I have made half hearted jokes about going as Donald Bump, but I don’t really want to frighten anyone (including myself) that much.  I also figured my bump could work well for an Ursula costume, body type wise, but here we are on October 14th and I still have not ordered a wig or have any idea how to make tentacles.  So, I’m guessing I will dress up this year as a 35 year old pregnant woman who has poor costume planning skills?

But!  Do you know who DOESN’T have a lack of costume planning skills?  The owners of these adorable pets.  Let’s celebrate them and their amazing owners, who definitely have their costume related shit together more than me.

catleia catlobster

dogfrog dogspiderman dogwaldo Dumbo

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Cute of the Week: Rescue Raccoon!

Look, I don’t typically think of raccoons as the cutest animals in the world.  Heck, they’re probably not in my top 20!  (To be fair though, there are a CRAZY amount of cute animals in the world.)  But seeing this little raccoon orphan adorably blend in with his family of dog siblings has bumped the raccoon up surprisingly high on the Internal Cute List that is constantly updating in my head.  (You guys do that too, right?)

Anyway, I mean, CHECK IT:


AWWWWWW!  Typically, I try to keep my Cute of the Week’s to things that have not already been splashed all over the internet, but even though this story has been shared approximately 10 million times this week in my Facebook newsfeed alone, I cannot rest until every living person with eyeballs has witnessed this adorableness. 

Because it is just:








Okay, maybe that last one is not particularly sanitary.  But still!  Adorbs!  Anyway, have a great rest of your week, everybody, and maybe don’t sample the food at any place that keeps a raccoon as a pet!

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Cute of the Week: Sorry, WHAT Did You Say About My Trunk?

I debated whether or not to choose this video as my Cute of the Week because, even though this is a baby elephant and he’s not really charging per se, elephant charging in general is dangerous and scary and I don’t want people to get the wrong idea about it and think it’s cute.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE elephants.  They are amazingly intelligent and wonderful and are basically better than humans in nearly every way!  That said, if they get startled or enraged they will straight up trample you to death.  So, just because elephants are awesome doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all have a healthy fear of an elephant charge.

In fact, I have some personal experience with this!  I was lucky enough to go on a walking safari through a national park in Ghana when I was many, many years younger, and we spotted some elephants nearby.  Our guide, a nice man, with a very large scar on his face and a very loaded automatic gun on his back, was deadly serious about us all freezing, keeping absolutely still and silent while we observed the elephants from afar.  (Again, we were on a walking safari, so were without the protection of a fast driving, metal car.)  We had encountered many different animals at this point in the walk, but it was only with the elephants that the guide became very strict with us and had us line up behind him (and his gun.)

Of course, at this exact moment, I took the last picture in my super old fashioned camera, and it started to loudly and automatically rewind the film, with a high pitched, terrible whine.  Our guide whipped around in my direction, with actual FEAR in his eyes, and said “Madam, please, quiet your camera!”  Remember – this was a man with a tough looking scar across his face and a gun full of bullets and he was looking at me with fear in his eyes!  Elephant fear!  I managed to stuff my camera into a sweatshirt and muffle the sound enough to prevent us getting trampled to death, but I always remembered that moment and how I learned that you should not fuck around with elephants in the wild.  (Or maybe how you shouldn’t go on walking safaris.  They seemed pretty dangerous!  We were like, 18 years old?  Who planned that???)

Anyway!  Apparently the people filming this video while on jeep safari did not get that Don’t Mess With Elephants in the Wild memo, but I’m gonna let it slide because, my long winded elephant charging PSA aside, BABY ELEPHANTS ARE SO CUTE IT’S ALL WORTH IT.  Seriously, when thinking about baby elephants I AM FORCED TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS OUT OF OVERWHELMING JOY.  And really more than anything, more than even being trampled to death, isn’t that all that matters?

Wait, no, that’s not right.  But whatever, please enjoy this adorable elephant:

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Mean Maureen’s Internet Round Up!

Hi all!  IT’S FRIIIIIIIIDDDDAAYYYYY!!!  (In case you were unaware.)  I’m getting to a super fun point in pregnancy where I’m exhausted constantly and have lower back pain anytime I sit for long stretches of time, so work has been a delight this week, as you can imagine.  I’m looking forward to relaxing this weekend.  No, that doesn’t quite cover it – I am looking forward to curling up into a fat little ball and trying to stay asleep for the next 48 hours.  But perhaps you plan to be awake this weekend and want some cool stuff to look at!

Well, then, here:


First and foremost, we are closer to getting a human on Mars than we have ever been!  Yes, technically, the NASA plan is still about 20 years away, but 20 years ain’t bad!

In ever so slightly less important news, in one of my few waking hours this weekend, I plan to forget that it’s going to be 100 degrees tomorrow and bake this delicious looking fall cake.

And then, when I return to my fat little ball of sleepiness, I will probably strongly resemble the pikas featured here.

If that pika series only whet your appetite for cute, please feast your eyes on the cutest dog wearing a cone photo I’ve seen.  (SPOILER ALERT – He’s not alone in that cone!)

Finally, because I’m a cruel monster, read about the stuff of nightmares and then try, in vain, to forget.


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Cute of the Week: Get On Board the Dog Train!

Okay, I feel like I overuse the phrase “this is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” but guys… THIS IS THE CUTEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!


I suppose this photo requires some explanation.  You see, living saint, Eugene Bostick, an 80 year old retiree, decided it wasn’t quite enough that he started to adopt the many stray dogs people would drop off on his dead end street.  No, that wasn’t exactly up to Eugene’s level of awesome.  Instead, he decided that on top of that he would build them a god damned dog train and drive them around on delightful adventures.

I mean… are you kidding me?  This is amazing!  Let me let Eugene tell it himself:

“I seen this guy with a tractor who attached these carts to pull rocks. I thought, ‘Dang, that would do for a dog train.’ I’m a pretty good welder, so I took these plastic barrels with holes cut in them, and put wheels under them and tied them together,” Eugene continued. “Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited.”

I smiled SO WIDE while reading that entire paragraph.  “Dang, that would do for a dog train” is possibly the most adorable sentence ever uttered.  And I can’t help but feel like they don’t make guys like Eugene Bostick anymore -craft welders with a heart of gold, rescuing dog after dog and then building an adorable train to make them happy.  I mean, maybe they didn’t EVER make guys like that.  Maybe Eugene is the ONLY guy like that.  But anyway, I believe we should put him on the 20 dollar bill.  (NO ONE LIKES YOU ANYWAY, ANDREW JACKSON.)

If you’d like to read more you can check out the full story and even see a video over at Bored Panda.  I hope this improved your Wednesday as much as it improved mine!

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