Understanding How and Why Cats Communicate In the Manner In Which They Do

The latest video in the Science of Us series by New York Magazine focuses on how cats communicate and why they communicate in the manner in which they do.

Rather, there’s a growing belief that cats are as expressive as dogs, argues Sharon Crowell-Davis, a professor of veterinary behavior at the University of Georgia, who recently gave a presentation on the subject at a conference for cat behaviorists in Atlanta. It’s just that we misunderstand or don’t see what they’re trying to communicate.

A Full Service Cafe in Tokyo, Japan That Caters Exclusively to Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Animal Cafe

While cat cafes, owl cafes and even dog cafes are all the rage in Japan, the proprietors of Yawarakan’s Cafe in Tokyo has cornered the market on an obscure but marketable idea – a full-service restaurant and hotel for stuffed animals. No human food is served nor are there any human accommodations, rather the cafe offers an opportunity for a person’s favorite stuffed animal to get the royal treatment. The beloved plushy is sent via overnight mail and returns with photos and other goodies from their overnight adventure. Reservations are filling up despite the fact that the cafe only opened yesterday.

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images via Yawarakan’s Cafe

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The Range Smart Thermometer, A Cooking Probe Thermometer Accessory for Smartphones

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The Range Smart Thermometer by Supermechanical is a cooking probe thermometer accessory for smartphones that lets chefs precisely measure the temperature of their meat. The Range app also includes a database of precise temperatures for different types of meats and candies, and the steel and silicon design allows the probe to be clipped safely to the edge of a pot or pan.

For a limited time, the Range Smart Thermometer is available in our Laughing Squid Store for a 14% discount off its list price.

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images via Laughing Squid Store

Artist Creates Highly Detailed and Shaded Works of Art on Dirty Car Windows

Steven and Albert
Steven and Albert

San Antonio, Texas-based artist Scott Wade, who is internationally known as the “Dirty Car Artist,” has been creating highly detailed and shaded works of art on dirty car windows (particularly the rear window) for years. More of Wade’s amazing dirt illustrations are available to view on his website and Facebook page.

His early drawings were usually funny faces; his dad was an amateur cartoonist, and Scott developed his own style of cartooning. Eventually though, he became curious; could he expand the visual vocabulary from that fat line? He started experimenting with using a fingernail to get a finer line, the pads of his fingers brushed lightly to create some shading. One day, having finished a popsicle, he took the chewed end of the stick out of his mouth and tried it as a brush. Soon he was trying all his brushes to see what effects they could achieve. He started photographing and emailing the resulting drawings to his friends. One of those emails was forwarded to a local columnist, which resulted in the media wanting to showcase his work, which turned into opportunities to create his special kind of art all over the world!

Freda
Freda

Elvis and the Shark
Elvis and the Shark

The Three Stooges
The Three Stooges

Harry Potter on His Broomstick
Harry Potter on His Broomstick

Horton Celebrates Suess
Horton Celebrates Seuss

photos via Scott Wade’s Dirty Car Art

via Cuded, Ego – AlterEgo, Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME!

A New Set of Extraordinarily Detailed Geometric Sand Sculptures by Calvin Seibert

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Sculptor Calvin Seibert, who has designed a great many unique geometric sand sculptures over the years, has created a whole new batch of extraordinarily detailed designs.

Building “sandcastles” is a bit of a test. Nature will always be against you and time is always running out. Having to think fast and to bring it all together in the end is what I like about it.
I rarely start with a plan, just a vague notion of trying to do something different each time. Once I begin building and forms take shape I can start to see where things are going and either follow that road or attempt to contradict it with something unexpected.

Sandcastles

Sandcastles

Sandcastles

Sandcastles

Sandcastles

Sandcastles

images via Calvin Seibert

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A Redesigned Modern Home That Features a Separate Staircase Specifically Sized for Small Dogs

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Architect Joe Chikamori of 07BEACH Design recently redesigned his friend’s Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam home in only 49 days, putting in beautiful modern touches throughout the house. Also included in the redesign is a separate staircase specifically sized for the friend’s small dogs. Chikamori stated that he wanted the house to be comfortable and fun for the entire family.

(translated) The method to design for this house IS pretty simple. I thought of it as the most Important How the house SHOULD BE. A comfortable for life with your family. I imagined your daily Life through your personality which I got to know well. Hoping that the space will not only be comfortable, but your daily life will also be more fun than usual. Though the image I Have about you is just Words, it’s Deep affection for your Family. I designed so that your house CAN Represent your affection for your wife and Two Dogs, and I Designed it with the image That this house will be like a gift to your family.

Person and Dog

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Dog on Stairs

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photos by Decon Photo Studio

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‘The Greenlighter’, A Parody of a Marvel Movie About a Female Executive Greenlighting a Female Superhero Movie

The Greenlighter” is a parody of a Marvel movie by Above Average about a studio executive who uses her powers to greenlight a female superhero movie. Oddly enough, her only powers are basic reasoning and the ability to sign a contract to greenlight a movie. As The Greenlighter says, “That was uh, really easy. Everyone was making it seem like it was hard.”

‘Will it Blend?’ Makes a Piña Colada by Adding a Coconut and Pineapple Directly Into a Blender

Tom Dickson, Blendtec founder and host of the series Will it Blend?, takes a shortcut to making a Piña Colada cocktail by adding an entire coconut and pineapple directly into a Blendtec blender.

In the throws of summer, there’s nothing better than sitting back and sipping a refreshing tropical drink. Tom is no different, and decides to see what it’s like making a “REAL” smoothie by throwing in a raw coconut and whole pineapple in the Blendtec blender!