This cat is soup!

Brian Cox is continuing to tw**t pictures of his cat in dire situations. Here’s the latest. I asked Matthew, who is Brian’s colleague, what the cat’s name was (it’s obviously female, and I hope you know why). But then Cox amended his tw**t to give the answer:

If you don’t know who Caroline Herschel is, you can learn yet another fact by going to this link.

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  1. rom
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Aren’t a very small proportion of calico’s male?

    • rom
      Posted July 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      sorry about the apostrophe – no edit – darn.

    • Luis Servín
      Posted July 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      You’re right, but that is a VERY small proportion, that have three sex chromosomes with the combination XXY. They are the equivalent of humans with Klinefelter syndrome.

      • rationalmind
        Posted July 16, 2016 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

        Or possibly chimeras from multiple embryos combining in utero.

  2. Chris G
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I have no idea how you’d know this cat is female, but I’m ultra-willing to be enlightened – starting …… now!
    Chris G

    • Chris G
      Posted July 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      Oh, is it because it’s willing to sacrifice it’s life to a man, so he can eat??

      • Chris G
        Posted July 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

        Oops, that should be one it’s and one its, sorry.

    • Posted July 16, 2016 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      Here’s an explanation; if you’re still puzzled, email or post that here.,5753,-26177,00.html

      • Chris G
        Posted July 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        Hmm, thanks Jerry, but I am still a little puzzled because the article you link to clearly states that NOT all ginger cats are male, and comments above provide confirmation that tortoiseshell cats (I’m British) are sometimes male too, but rare.
        Although I have now learnt about the Klinefelter syndrome, so it’s learning all the way down at WEIT,
        Chris G

        • rationalmind
          Posted July 16, 2016 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

          In cats the black colour gene and the ginger colour gene occupy the same place on the X chromosome so to have both colours the cat must have two x chromosomes one of which is deactivated in different parts of the body giving those patches of colour. The males would have to be aberrant and rare XXY individuals and are sterile or be chimeras formed from two embryos that merged in the womb.
          In the UK we call these Tortoiseshell and White cats but in N. America they are called Calico ca

  3. Posted July 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    It’s astounding that Caroline Herschel lived to the ripe old age of 98 (1750-1848)!

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    And like my Emma, who is a Torti – they have Tortitude.

  5. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    But is a it a cat-a-leekie, a catsomme, or a cat’s nest soup? If only Maru had been there!

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted July 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

      Maru would have needed a much bigger pot.


    • Posted July 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

      Or maybe Birds’ Nest Soup with a nip of cat garnish, or ‘toitle’ soup?

    • Jonathan Wallace
      Posted July 17, 2016 at 6:29 am | Permalink

      Or possibly mulligatabby?

      • Posted July 21, 2016 at 8:10 am | Permalink

        …or Moggie-got-tawny soup? (here I am 5 days later and eating ramen, and this pops into my head…)

  6. Posted July 16, 2016 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Brian’s kitchen bench and window sill is larvikite. It is a beautiful stone from a batholith intruded near the Permian-Carboniferous boundary (approximately 300 million years ago) in Larvik, Norway.

    • Posted July 17, 2016 at 2:29 am | Permalink

      We have a faux version of that!


    • boggy
      Posted July 17, 2016 at 2:43 am | Permalink

      How can this stone be 300M years old? Any fule kno that the earth is only 6,000 years old.

    • Richard
      Posted July 18, 2016 at 5:02 am | Permalink

      I have the same worktops in my kitchen! Good taste, Brian. 🙂

      At the bottom of the picture you can see how some of the “flakes” in the stone (I am sure that someone more geologically-aware than I will chip in with the correct word) appear silvery-blue in the right light.

      The company from which I bought it described it as “blue oyster granite” – it’s nice to find out its correct name.

  7. Sarah
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Oooh, this reminds me of seeing a fine big tabby tom in a food market in Hong Kong once. The cat looked terrified and seemed to know what was going to happen. Cats are sometimes teamed with snakes in soup–a lion and a dragon, you see. The fur is used to line waistcoats….

    • Sarah
      Posted July 18, 2016 at 5:31 am | Permalink

      Correction: it was in Guangzhou.

  8. somer
    Posted July 16, 2016 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    You look lovely thank you, but I don’t want your bum in my saucepan.

  9. keith cook + / -
    Posted July 17, 2016 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Looking to the background, where ever it is Brian Cox lives, it looks like they still get their milk in milk bottles, a practice long gone around here.. our cat is one of these and she just tolerates me, no matter what I do.

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