The first item this week is one of the most bizarre devices I’ve seen for cat-lovers: a big artificial tongue that enables you to lick your cat! The LICKI brush, described on this Kickstarter page, already has over 1800 backers, and, with 8 days to go, has exceeded its $36,500 goal by almost $12,000! The description:
LICKI is a high-quality, soft silicone brush, designed to feel pleasurable to your cat’s sensitive skin. Gently grasp LICKI’s bite portion with your teeth, slowly approach your cat when she is sleeping or in an otherwise pleasant mood, and ease into the soothing and mutually beneficial licking behavior of cats. Don’t be surprised if your cat licks you back.
Here’s the Kickstarter video, and it’s not a joke.
I don’t understand why a simple brushing wouldn’t do just as well, unless you have some kind of furry fantasy of being a cat. But seriously, how many readers would get one of these. Be honest!
Reader Monika send links to two videos, the first showing a cat-themed ad for Netto, a German discount chain, and the second explaining how the first video was made.
Note that one of the cat “stars” is named Jerry! It starts in German, but there’s a lot of English in it, and it’s pretty much self-explanatory anyway:
Finally, the Internet Cat Video Festival in Minneapolis, which became wildly popular against all expectation, has been saved. Started in 2012, the festival, which screens internet cat videos outdoors (with many viewers donning cat costumes), has drawn crowds of up to 13,000. This year, however, the organizers from the Walker Art Center decided to cancel it, on the stupid grounds of “a lack of evolution in ‘the form‘ of silly-cute cat videos and a desire to do something new.”
However, the St. Paul Saints and myTalk 107.1 are keeping the festival live, and here are the details from City Pages. Kids under 5 get in free, and $1 of each $10 admission goes to an animal-rescue organization
Cat Video Festival
Tuesday, August 9 at 8:30 p.m. (gates open 6 p.m.)
Tickets: On sale Tuesday, June 7 at 10 a.m.
The happy viewers from last year’s festival: