24: Cheers to Cats | History of Cat Memes, Cat Heroes, Cats: The Musical

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If you can't tell from the squeals of delight, Emily is super excited to finally focus an entire episode on her love for cats! Since we did an episode raising our glasses to dogs last year, we found it only appropriate to give our feline friends some equal love and attention (even if they don't appreciate it).

This episode's wine: Casillero del Diablo 2012 Pinot Grigio, Chile
This episode's cheese: Roasted Garlic with Tomato & Basil cheese

Clearly, this is all about the musical, "Cats." No, not really, but we do talk about Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical based on T. S. Eliot's book, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats."

Emily's cats tend to distract us for this episode ... although, they distract us from most other episodes, but we didn't edit it out this week. Lots of "dawwws" and sighs over cats throughout this episode.

We call dogs "whorish" a few times in this episode just because cats are so particular about who they show affection to.

James tells us about the numerous historical figures who love cats, almost as much as Emily does. And, be prepared for Emily to go crazy-cat-lady with the puns in this episode. Some of those mentioned are Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Sir Isaac Newton and Freddie Mercury!

No Google search would be complete without finding some cats on the Internet, including Bonsai Kittens, the Kitty Cat Dance, Simon's Cat, Nyan Cat, the eHarmony Cat Lady (see the Songify remix video, left), Grumpy Cat, and more!

Why are cats so popular on the internet? We find a few theories about this phenomenon. 

James talks about heroic cats who have made the news, and how they've captured our hearts. Emily drops her mic following her diatribe about the idiocy of Timmy getting stuck in the well all the time.

We also find out people can volunteer their time playing with cats at local shelters! And, we implore Christian Bale to come on our podcast, yet again!

Want to watch some heroic cats? Watch the videos below!

 

We discuss some fun facts about cats, including why cats are known for getting stuck up trees and why you should stop scaring your cats with cucumbers.

And, Emily has a new cat-related obsession: Putting YouTube Videos on that are specifically for cats. We finally found a way to keep cats' attention!

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!