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87: The Truth About Cats and Dogs

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BREAKING MEWS! Put your paws up for some barking mad trivia about our furry companions: the amazing death-defying righting reflex of cats and "high-rise syndrome," we sift through the colorful history of cat litter, the many faces of Cerberus, and a purr-fect quiz. We try to answer burning questions like do dogs really watch and understand TV? How many toes can a cat actually have?

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    Cats are just too cute and I love to rub their fur because it is so smooth. Well I can’t tell about the intellectual ability of cats but they do understand the feelings of their owner and it is the good thing about them.

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About Cerberus' name, it's funny to note that his name ends up being translated into spot, more or less. Hades named the guardian of the underworld Spot. This is from the wiki page:
"The name "Cerberus" is a Latinised version of the Greek Kerberos. The etymology of this name prior to Greek is disputed. It has been claimed to be related to the Sanskrit word सर्वरा "sarvarā", used as an epithet of one of the dogs of Yama, from a Proto-Indo-European word *k̑érberos, meaning "spotted"

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I'm surprised they didn't talk about Janus cats! Crazy

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Lanolin isn't sheep's a waxy secretion that a lot of people mistake for grease, because it has a greasy feel to it. Chemically, it lacks whatever makes a fat a fat. Anyway, you do have to remove it (generally speaking) before going on to process wool for any other use. Now, if you want to talk sweat, that's closer to "suint," which is actually works like a shampoo as it's secreted. Sheep need to keep their skin clean, which is hard through that thick layer of wool. When suint gets wet (like when it rains), it dissolves and washes the skin as it the water soaks through (and cleans the wool too, to an extent). You can take advantage of this if you're washing a fleece yourself by soaking it in cold water for a few days and letting the suint ferment. It stinks like OH MY GOD but for some reason, the fermentation makes it work better. If you geek out on spinning your own yarn like I do, this sounds a lot more attractive. :-)

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

Love the show!!!

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