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January 29, 2016

The reason why some cats look like Adolf Hitler

The causes of the seemingly random colouring of black and white cats has long been a mystery - especially the internet's infamous "Hitler cats". But new scientific research has suggested their unique fur patterns are determined by a faulty gene.

A cat's two-tone or "piebald" fur colour forms when pigment cells fail to follow genetic instructions when they are in the womb, according to the results of a study by researchers at the Universities of Bath and Edinburgh. If there are too few cells to populate the whole of the cat's skin, the result is white patches.

Cats which are largely coloured black but have white faces and chests are sometimes described as "tuxedo cats". Some unfortunate felines have also been named "Hitler cats" or "kitlers" due to markings under their nose which resemble the German dictator's pencil moustache.

It is hoped the research could enhance human understanding of serious medical conditions such as holes in the heart, which are also caused by problems with cell movements in the womb.


January 29, 2016

An Imam in Istanbul has opened up his mosque as a warm home to the city's stray cats

Mustafa Efe is the Imam at Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque in Istanbul's historic Üsküdar neighbourhood.

Efe is well known in the city for his "good humour and diligence", the Daily Sabah reports - but a video Efe took of a mother cat taking her kittens from the street into the safety of the mosque has given his everyday acts of compassion a global audience.

Efe described the cats as "our mosque’s Friday guests", but he actually lets the city's many strays shelter in the building throughout the winter months.



2nd one has a few different cat pics

January 28, 2016

Joe Scar says he'd rather set himself on fire than attend debates with Megyn Kelly

Joe don't set such limiting parameters
I'd watch your show if you set yourself on fire.
I'd pay for it

But... I'll allow Ben Vereen as the Leading Man from the stage play Pippin do the talking/singing for me

January 27, 2016

Ron Rivera is the 2nd head football coach of Hispanic heritage to coach the super bowl

Tom Flores was the first NFL Head Coach of Hispanic heritage to lead his team in the Super Bowl when he was with the Raiders
Ron Rivera is the 2nd when the Panthers take on the Broncos in Super Bowl 50

Records of PoC who have been head coaches in the Super Bowl:

Flores is 2-0 (Raiders vs Eagles and vs Washington)
Dungy 1-0 (Bears - I was so sad)
Tomlin 1-1 (Win against Arizona. Loss to Green Bay)
L. Smith 0-1 (Lost to a Dungy coached team - I was so Sad)

January 14, 2016

Alan Rickman, giant of British film and theatre, dies at 69

Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors of the past 30 years, has died in London aged 69. His death was confirmed on Thursday by his family. Rickman had been suffering from cancer.

A star whose arch features and languid diction were recognisable across the generations, Rickman found a fresh legion of fans with his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. But the actor had been a big-screen staple since first shooting to global acclaim in 1988, when he starred as Hans Gruber, Bruce Willis’s sardonic, dastardly adversary in Die Hard – a part he was offered two days after arriving in Los Angeles, aged 41.

Gruber was the first of three memorable baddies played by Rickman: he was an outrageous sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, as well as a terrifying Rasputin in an acclaimed 1995 HBO film.


R.I.P. Mr Rickman

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