Cat House

From Houzz.com:

When Peter Cohen bought his house, it came with a couple of roaming outdoor cats. After tragedy befell one, and nearly the other, he began rescuing cats and bringing them inside his Goleta, California, home (near Santa Barbara). Before he knew it, he had well over a dozen indoor cats.

To keep them occupied, Cohen, a home builder, began designing and constructing elaborate catwalks, tunnels, platforms and perches throughout his house. So far he’s spent nearly $40,000, including for specially designed closets with exhaust fans to keep litter-box odors at bay. Meanwhile, five Roomba robot vacuum cleaners prowl the floors for cat hair.

(via Miss Cellania)

That’s No Moon…

It’s a library:

This building was not so long ago erected in Minsk by a personal order of Belarus president Mr. Lukashenko. Locals joke: “Lukashenko had just learned to read and decided to build a library dedicated to this new ability he acquired.”

He wanted to build an impressive building and therefore made everyone in the country pay for it. Students had to bring money to school for several months. Teachers are still having a part of their salary taken out to pay for this building. Well at least that locals say.

Foreign printed guide books also sometimes are not so serious about this structure: “Some say it looks like a diamond. We say it looks like the Death Star. In either case there’s no denying that the collosal, new home for the National Library now being constructed on the city outskirts is an example of the Soviet ‘bigger-is-better’ school of architecture.

MOST PHOTOGENIC PLAYERS , TORINO 2006

From the large collection of Pufichek Chesspics albums of players of the Torino Chess Olympiad 2006, we have selected a few for our Photogenic Collection. The photos were posted for voting from May 24 to June 24, 2006, generating enormous interest from all sides of the globe, with over 10,000 people actively taking part in the voting. Most photos in this gallery will be used to illustrate the Torino 2006 Olympiads.

Because it’s all about whether you’re hot or not.

Link: chesspics.com

There’s a Rat in Mi Kitchen

rats in a restaurant

NEW YORK — The parent company of KFC and Taco Bell _ still smarting from last year’s E. coli scare _ has been forced back into damage-control mode after television cameras caught rats scampering around a restaurant floor.

Here’s the article from the Washington Post.
Ok, I know that any big city’s downtown core has rats, and mice.
But, Holy Canolli!
If you haven’t already seen this video, click on the image.
I’ll never complain about having to cook, and stay home to eat again.

To hear UB40’s Rat in Mi Kitchen, click here.

One Sentence

One Sentence is about telling your story, briefly. Insignificant stories, everyday stories, or turning-point-in-your-life stories, boiled down to their bare essentials.

Here’s one of the stories:

Johnny Luddite

As the porter wheeling my gurney down to the operating room took a corner too tightly, crashing my arm into the wall, I reflected that my last utterance on this earth might well be a profanity.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)