A cat named Sugar used up one of her lives yesterday afternoon to survive a harrowing 19-story fall.
Sugar reportedly plunged from her owner's Boston apartment, landing atop a small mulch patch that helped brace her impact.
"Whether cats can sometimes aim, so if it did it itself or if it was a combination of luck or both," said Animal Rescue League of Boston asst. manager Mike Brammer. "[I]t managed to hit that small patch of mulch, so it was very soft ground."
Also contributing to the cat's survival was a "flying squirrel"-like ability to glide, and the oddly calming effect of reaching terminal velocity. "[The sensation of falling] kind of levels out so they don’t feel as stressed and they relax a little bit," said Brammer.
Sugar's 32-year-old owner Brittney Kirk, who was tracked down thanks to a microchip embedded in the animal, said she left the window open so the apartment wouldn't get too warm for her cat.
She told MSNBC she was relieved to learn her cat would be all right, but not entirely surprised. "[I]f there were a cat to fall 19 stories and to be fine, I think it would definitely be Sugar, because she’s a pretty special cat."
Sad news for breakfast lovers everywhere: Murray Lender, a bagel pioneer who was instrumental in popularizing the beloved bread product, passed away yesterday in Florida at 81.
Through Lender's Bagels, the company he and his brothers inherited from their father Harry, Lender helped transform American eating habits by freezing the company's first-in-the-nation bag o' bagels, allowing it to be sold nationwide.
In addition to Lender, this month also saw the passing of Samuel L. Glazer, the man who co-founded the company that developed the iconic automatic drip-brew coffeemaker, Mr. Coffee.
Glazer was 89 when he passed Monday, March 12th, in Cleveland.
According to the Plain Dealer, at one point half the homes in the US with coffeemakers had a Mr. Coffee brand machine.
Glazer developed a lifelong love of giving friends business advice and coffeemakers. One of his friends, Johnny Carson, after being gifted one too many Mr. Coffees, is quoted as having told him, "Please, Sam, no more coffee machines!"
The controversial documentary The Sweatbox, filmed by Sting's wife Trudie Styler as part of a deal to feature her husband's songs in the animated feature Kingdom of the Sun, has spent the last 10 years locked up deep inside Disney's dungeons until it suddenly made its way online yesterday.
Never officially released in any form due to its less-than-flattering behind-the-scenes footage, the film follows the troubled production of what would eventually become The Emperor's New Groove.
On the significance of The Sweatbox, Cartoon Brew says: "If any questions remain about why Disney fizzled out creatively and surrendered its feature animation crown to Pixar and DreamWorks, this film will answer them."
Watch it while you can.
The Game Show Network announced today that it has tapped Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? host and redneck taxonomist Jeff Foxworthy to present a bible-themed quiz show called The American Bible Challenge.
According to GSN's press release, the show is "designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Bible’s continuing importance in contemporary life and culture," and will feature teams of contestants representing "worthy faith-based organizations."
Chiming in, Foxworthy said The American Bible Challenge offers an "opportunity to present the Bible in a fun and entertaining way."
The show is being produced for GSN by RelativityREAL, a company best known for producing the arguably illegal Showtime reality series Gigolos.
From noted quirk-maker Wes Anderson and stop-motion animation studio Laika (Coraline) comes the first in a series of 60-spots for Sony's Xperia line of smartphone.
For the campaign, Sony asked kids what they thought made the Xperia phones so smart, and then animated their responses.
There is also a brief making-of video, which you can watch here.
Street artist Shepard Fairey is reportedly teaming up with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment to bring a new film adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four to the big screen.
Julie Yorn's LBI Entertainment, which has been spearheading its own attempt to make a 1984 movie, will be joining them.
The best known cinematic adaption of the iconic novel to date was Michael Radford's 1984 film starring John Hurt as Winston Smith and Richard Burton as O'Brien.
Little is known at this point about the Fairey/Imagine/LBI effort, but potential writers are being contacted and Fairey himself is expected to take on a production role.
Two SoCal men were arrested aboard a gay cruise ship docked in the Caribbean island nation of Dominica after someone on shore saw them allegedly having sex in their cabin and complained.
"Buggery" -- sodomy in American English -- is against the law in Dominica.
The formal charge against Dennis Jay Mayer and John Robert Hart was "indecent exposure" -- a crime that carries a potential six month jail sentence. The two men pleaded guilty, though they disputed the claim that they were having sex.
"We were naked on the balcony but we were not having sex," Mayer told the court. They nonetheless apologized. "We are sorry for what happened, we regret the incident and humbly apologize to the people of Dominica," said Hart.
Their attorney, Bernadette Lambert, defended the 40-somethings against the Chief Magistrate's accusations of being "rouges and vagabonds."
"They were struck by the beautiful mountains, clear fresh water and beauty of the island and they also had a few cocktails and so threw caution to the wind," said Lambert. "They came here for a good time and did not mean to offend the laws of the country."
Sentencing came swiftly: A EC$2,400 (~US$890) fine and two months in jail. Luckily, they were able to avoid spending time behind bars by paying their fine right away.
Their ship is scheduled to leave Dominica today.
Reebok Germany recently came under fire for appearing to promote infidelity in an ad targeting CrossFit gym patrons.
The ad has since been removed.
Copyranter notes that this is not the first -- nor likely the last -- sexist ad approved by the marketing knuckleheads at Reebok Germany.
The Coleman Outdoor Portable Oven/Stove: Two 5,300BTU burners and a 3,000BTU oven -- large enough for a 12" pizza -- powered by a 1lb. propane cylinder (sold separately) for "ultraportable cooking versatility."
Coleman: Because what's the point of going outside if there's nowhere to make a 12" pizza.