Good morning, and Happy Halloween if you’re gearing up for a Trick or Treat session today or tomorrow. Wikipedia informs us it is also called Mischief Night in some places, or Angel’s Night in other parts where they don’t approve of mischief so much.
It’s also the anniversary of Orson Welles’s 1938 broadcast of the radio drama adaptation of H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds that ended up causing panic amongst the more impressionable of New York’s denizens, some of whom believed it was real. [JAC: Not just in New York. My father heard the broadcast in Uniontown, Pennsylvania and remembers people running out in the streets, screaming that aliens had invaded America. This panic happened throughout the U.S.] Given that a percentage of the world’s TV-watching population also believes that Discovery Channel’s ill-conceived Mermaids “docu-drama” is real, the only difference between people now and then is that today people have Twitter and Facebook so that they can document their gullibility for all the world to see.
Google has outdone itself this year with their Halloween Google Doodle which comes in the form of a mini game starring a little black cat.
Click through on the picture to play the game and read the background details. The goal is for you to draw the marks over the approaching ghosts with your mouse or trackpad, in order, to make the ghosts disappear. Jerry got to level 3 before the cat epired.
Over in Poland there is more Serious Philosophy Thoughts from the feline Princess. Alas, her staff appear to be lacking in appropriate deference for her ruminations.
Hili: So many thoughts on the steps and just one cat to think them all.
A: Think faster so that we can go inside.
Hili: Tyle myśli na przyzbie i tylko jeden kot do ich przemyślenia.
Ja: Myśl szybciej i wracamy do domu.
We also have news of Gus:
Here’s a picture of Gus helping with Spring cleaning (I know, I’m a procrastinator.) Also a pic of Fred [a squirrel, so named because he “tap dances” on the fence like Fred Astaire]. Note peanuts on top of fence post. he now sits on this post all the time waiting for the peanuts to be delivered.
And Steve Plegge sends us this hypnotic ocelot stare.
And the original: