Friday Fluff, 01/27/2012

By Razib Khan | January 27, 2012 4:32 pm

They’re bbbaaaccckkkk!

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  • Audacious Epigone

    They make such great pets–fun, funny, and low maintenance. Allergies are such a bitch.

  • grandma shirley

    These two look so much like my last cats. Thanks for the memories.

  • Paul Ó Duḃṫaiġ

    Pangur Bán — (9th century poem in Old Irish)

    I and Pangur Bán, my cat
    ‘Tis a like task we are at;
    Hunting mice is his delight
    Hunting words I sit all night.

    Better far than praise of men
    ‘Tis to sit with book and pen;
    Pangur bears me no ill will,
    He too plies his simple skill.

    ‘Tis a merry thing to see
    At our tasks how glad are we,
    When at home we sit and find
    Entertainment to our mind.

    Oftentimes a mouse will stray
    In the hero Pangur’s way:
    Oftentimes my keen thought set
    Takes a meaning in its net.

    ‘Gainst the wall he sets his eye
    Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
    ‘Gainst the wall of knowledge I
    All my little wisdom try.

    When a mouse darts from its den,
    O how glad is Pangur then!
    O what gladness do I prove
    When I solve the doubts I love!

    So in peace our tasks we ply,
    Pangur Bán, my cat, and I;
    In our arts we find our bliss,
    I have mine and he has his.

    Practice every day has made
    Pangur perfect in his trade;
    I get wisdom day and night
    Turning darkness into light.

    (Translated by Robin Flower)

  • Paul

    Cats are such lovable emotional parasites. How did this relationship evolve?

  • dave chamberlin

    “cats look down on us, dogs look up to us, but pigs treat us like equals.” Winston Churchill

  • Sandgroper

    So was Black Caviar Friday night – she made it 17 wins from 17 starts. The Youtube videos of her winning by 4-5 lengths easing down to the line have become generic and the commentary irritating.

  • eve

    @Paul-enjoyed the poem!


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I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at


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