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Nine Things Invented For Military Use That You Now Encounter In Everyday Life

A surprising number of military inventions have found their ways into our civilian lives. Here are just a few military-turned-everyday items. 1. GPS Getty Images When you rely on the GPS app on that Android phone to keep yourself from getting lost, you’re using the same Global Positioning System satellites set up by the U.S. Department of [...]

12 Cat-Related Patents That Are Really Quite Bizarre

To visit Google’s patent website is to lose yourself in a black hole of totally weird wannabe inventions—a surprising number of which are for your feline friends. From toys meant to encourage exercise to systems that deliver live birds for food, here are 12 really weird cat patents. 1. “Method of Exercising a Cat” If you watch [...]

Maru Gets a Job

(YouTube link) Yes, Maru has posed for plenty of pictures, and short clips of his YouTube videos have been used in ads, such as the one I recall for cat litter. But this time, he’s actually made a commercial spot for Uniqlo. This looks like the beginning of a great career! -via Buzzfeed Previously: More Maru

The UK’s National Cat of the Year

The British feline charity Cats Protection named Jessi-Cat, from Davyhulme, Greater Manchester, their Cat of the Year. Jessi-Cat’s owner, 7-year-old Lorcan Dillon, has an anxiety disorder called selective mutism, which makes it difficult for the youngester to express himself. Jessi-Cat was just the therapy he needed, and Lorcan has learned to express himself to the [...]

These Fashions Are Yesterday’s News

What’s black and white and read all over? These whimsical newspaper dresses are gorgeous and environmentally sustainable too. Challenged by the makers of Yesterday’s News cat litter, Samantha Pleet, Bahar Shahpar, Lara Miller, and Restore Clothing’s Anthony Lilore presented a quartet of original garments at the Green Catwalk Event and Workshop in New York City. The kicker? Each piece was composed [...]

U.S. Military Operation or Brand of Cat Litter?

Can you distinguish whether a name belongs to a cat litter brand or an actual military operation? That’s the challenge in today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. I didn’t know any of the answers, because they all sounded like military operations to me, but I managed to score 70%. Link