This story out of Britain about a cat whose fur seems to spell "cat" has charmed the human world, but the animal kingdom is less than impressed. Asked for comment, Awl cat Cat the Cat noted, "It's like wearing a band's t-shirt to the live show. Fuckin' amateur." More on this amazing event as it develops.
Today as, unlike other sites, The Awl marks no sort of anniversary at all, co-founder and Associate Editorial Director Alex Balk talks about the first five months and sixteen days' surprises, obsessive commenters, print's premature obit, Sarah Palin, his enormous penis… and what's next for the site.
So how was your first five months and sixteen days at The Awl?
Our pre-Thanksgiving cooking section has been, we hope, very helpful. Here, we show you how to make (and even eat!) the elusive perfect cranberry sauce-especially perfect for the single man alone at Thanksgiving.
Every year or so, when finances grow slightly tight, Americans turn to that big bowl of change on the dresser. The annual pilgrimage to Coinstar! America! It is like all the money ran out for another country. So let's have a little guessing game. How much change is in The Awl's Big Bowl O' Change? The winning guess will… win something. Not sure what. Undying loyalty? A portion of the profits? A small amount of Awl equity?
Last month, we announced the Great Annual Change Bowl Guessing Game. Well, as you can see above, yesterday we all finally went to our friendly local TD Bank for their big, no-charge change counting machine. We clogged it up a little! Also we annoyed the hell out of the staff. Also we took free lollipops. Yay TD Bank. And so we have a winner for the guessing game, though y'all were nowhere near close. Don't you all have big change bowls?
Psychology lecturer Britta Osthaus, of England's Canterbury Christ Church University, revealed results of a study in which "the thought processes of 15 cats were tested by attaching food to the end of lengths of string and observing whether they could figure out that pulling the line brought the treats closer. The cats had no problem with tackling single pieces of string. However, when faced with two options, experts discovered that unlike their canine counterparts, cats were unable to consistently pick a baited string over a dummy." Obviously, this proves once and for all that dogs are smarter than cats. We asked Cat, The Awl's office cat, if he [...]