Friday, August 27, 2010

The cats at St. Petersburg's Museum

From "The standard line about the Hermitage Museum on the banks of St. Petersburg's Neva River is that you can spend days wandering its rooms and only see a small fraction of the millions of masterpieces under its roof. But glance out the window next to that ancient Roman statue and you may see something as much a fixture of the museum, but not nearly as celebrated: cats.

Dozens of cats roam the grounds of the Hermitage, living in the museum's gardens and labyrinthian basement, cared for by a designated staff. They've lived here for centuries, first brought in by the imperial family to rid the Winter Palace of rats, and for the last 10 years cared for by the office of the director of the Hermitage.

"We joke that if [our director] permits us to have 50 cats, so we [technically] have 50 cats. But really we have around 60 cats," says Maria Khaltunin, the director's assistant and head of the cat program.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Canine revenge

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Water balloon bursting in slow motion

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The calendar cats

From "Meet the new faces of 2011: Poncho, Ziggy, Shuvel Face. Those were some of the fancy felines on hand yesterday as United Bamboo shot its second annual cat calendar. Miniature versions of the line’s looks from Fall ‘10, Resort ‘11 and the upcoming Spring ‘11 collections hung on one wall of the United Bamboo studio, as half a dozen kitties stalked the space, clad in bow blouses and peacoats. “We have to remake all the patterns, obviously,” explained United Bamboo founder Miho Aoki, as she dodged the aptly named cat Bamboo. “But it’s OK, because our patternmaker has a cat, so she gets into it.” Read more

Friday, August 20, 2010

Frostie, the dancing cockatoo

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Amazing friendship

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Discussing politics with a goat

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Balloons and Dyson Air Multiplier fans

Friday, August 13, 2010

Dolphins & bubble rings

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Travelers commercial

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kittens & the treadmill - II

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Spectacular Aurora Borealis

From "A large solar storm has caused spectacular aurora displays across the Northern Hemisphere after blasting out of the Sun three days ago." (August 4)

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Friday, August 6, 2010


Don't ask me if this is real... I really don't know!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

French know-how

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Soccer girl

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

iPad magic show