The Pallas´s Cat, also called Manul, is a small wildcat living in the grasslands and steppe of central asia. It is named after the german naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776.
THIS IS ME AS A CAT
You’re gonna say “It is named after the german naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776,” but not tell us how he described it?? Probably went something like this:
"Imagine the fattest cat you can, basically all fur covered tum and torso. Then imagine… hmmm. Goofy faces? Like, if the cat were your fun uncle meeting a baby for the first time and trying to get the baby to crack up laughing. So yeah, a tubby, goofy, uncle cat. That is brownish. Name it after me, I’m awesome."
I can’t speak for his country of origin, but in America, you can tell a lot about a person if you know they’re a fan of Rik Mayall’s work. The actor and comedian, who passed away today at the age of 56, leaves behind an impressive body of work, the bulk of it for UK film and television — a sign that his comedy could be classified as “too British” for American audiences. Although my Anglophilia dictates that nothing can really be “too British” for my tastes, things that are massive across the pond — from most good ’90s Brit Pop (i.e., neither Oasis nor Blur’s “Song 2″) to Are You Being Served? — often confuse, annoy, or just miss the mark completely here. Save for maybe Monty Python and Mr. Bean, Americans have never fully embraced British comedy. That’s precisely why those of my countrymen who also embraced Mayall’s unique brand of madcap, often insane comedy are a special group within a group.
America’s First Cat Café Opens: Drink Coffee Alongside Adorable Cats
Yesterday, America’s first cat café opened in New York City. Cat lovers, you now have only three more day to sip coffee and eat pastries alongside adorable cats! Purina One teamed up with the North Shore Animal League, the country’s largest no-kill shelter, to create this pop-up café that’s the temporary home to rescue cats. While the concept of a cat café has been around for a while, with Asia and Europe leading the way, this is the first time one has opened in the United States. Two permanent cat cafés are scheduled to open in San Francisco this year.
The concept is simple. Visitors pay an hourly fee or cover charge to sit and lounge with cats. This one, on 168 Bowery, is free. Sixteen cats roam the premises and you’re welcome to pick one up and snuggle with it. If you fall in love with a particular one, you can even adopt it! (Read about each individual cat, here. Looks like “Sushi” is featured in the photo, above.) To get your feline fix, stop by the store from 10a to 7p each day till April 27. If you’d like to learn a little something, you can listen to different cat experts talk about cat health and behavior. The store’s capacity is limited to just 65 people, so you may have to wait in line.