Coco’s new bed

Reader Darrelle Ernst brightened my day with an email about his sybaritic cat Coco, which looks to be a Burmese:

My wife and I have a prized bowl, hand carved from a single piece of marble by an Italian artisan, that we bought years ago. When our children were born we stored the bowl to keep it safe. This past weekend, one morning at breakfast, I suddenly decided the children were old enough and so I dug our prized bowl out of storage, filled it with red rose petals and proudly placed it as the centerpiece on our dining room table. The attached photo shows what happened less than 90 seconds later. What are you gonna do?


How thoughtful of them to buy their cat a marble bed, and then fill it with rose petals! But, of course, it’s only what Coco deserves.

Darrelle also enclosed a poem about the cat that his ten-year-old daughter wrote for him on Father’s Day:


Coco, my cat, is brown.
When she is wet she looks like a clown.
Sometimes she sits like sphinx,
With big green eyes that are round,
And inside her is a treasure just waiting to be found.
She looks pretty but doesn’t make a sound,
And her beauty and attitude will surely astound.
But when nobody’s looking, down the hall she will bound,
And once in privacy, chase her tail round and round!

Finally, for extra LOLz see the video that reader Sara calls “the euphonium cat mute.”


  1. Adam the Penguin
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Wow. That’s one really pretty cat.

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Pffft. Silly human, of course the bowl is for the cat!

    • moarscienceplz
      Posted July 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

      Yes indeed!
      Calling a cat ‘sybaritic’ is like calling water ‘wet’, it’s a fundamental property.

  3. Posted July 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Great. Now Baihu wants one….


    • Posted July 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

      I’d love it if someone gave me a nice cool polished marble block that had a hollow big enough to sleep in. And the rose petals would be a nice touch. Or jasmine, or sagebrush. But not lavender…

      Anyway, she’s a beautiful kitty with an intelligent face. And well behaved – my cats would be eating the rose petals or scattering them!

      • darrelle
        Posted July 2, 2014 at 5:11 am | Permalink

        You called it in one. The rose petals where massacred.

  4. moarscienceplz
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Huh. I thought euphoniums (euphonia?) had double bells. (Yes, I got that from The Music Man.)

    • Posted July 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      Double-bell euphemisms are rare. They had their heyday, such as it was, in the brass band era that ended a bit over a century ago. Even then there weren’t all that many of them.

      Actually, there were all sorts of funky brass instruments then, most of which nobody but brass musicians know about — and even still, many of us don’t….


      • Posted July 1, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

        What is another funky brass instrument other than double bell euphonium that has been lost? That is interesting. I like to collect esoteric instruments and create “bad” sounds on them. Not so much now…doing dioramas as sounds need more peeps…still like to learn and know though…analog keeps it real.

        • Posted July 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

          Here’s a lovely example of an echo bell cornet — doubly unusual in this case, as the instrument is in concert pitch rather than the much more common Bb or A. The musician is Crispian-Steele Perkins, one of the greatest virtuosos of our time.


          • moarscienceplz
            Posted July 2, 2014 at 10:33 am | Permalink

            Oh, very cool! Thanks for that, Ben.

            • Posted July 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

              Here he is performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on a replica of the same instrument it was originally written for. It’s one of the most challenging works in the repertoire on modern instruments, and much harder still on period instruments. Yet this may well be the best performance of the work ever….


              • Mark R.
                Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

                I didn’t get back to this thread until now. Thanks a lot for the links. Really interesting instruments and great sounds!

  5. Stephen Barnard
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    That poem is really good. What a treasure of a father’s day gift. Clever girl.

  6. Posted July 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Kittehs…. the world is their oyster. And don’t we EVER forget that!

    • Rob
      Posted July 1, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, there’s the old saying (don’t think I’m mangling it too much)

      “Ancient Egyptians treated cats like gods. They have never forgotten this”

  7. Dominic
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    A chocolate cake cat!

    Darelle – for your daughter I could suggest that minx would be a nice rhyme for sphinx!

  8. darrelle
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    Thank you, everyone, for the kind comments.

  9. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    I’m sure the carving is very delicate and all that, but did it have to be Carrera (or a substitute)? I mean, it’s got good carving properties, but it’s so dull and white and dull and white and it’s still dull and white. Has it stopped being dull and white yet?
    What about some nice Connemara marble (banded in greens and ochres), or some criniodal limestone (“marble” to the building trade) chock-full of fossils.
    Ah, the plague that is Carrera and the bondage of thinking that “marble” means white and dull.

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