Caturday felid trifecta: Cat texting, Hello Kitty bullet train, cat in a box of ducklings

Reader Merilee sent one of a series of funny videos in which a cat exchanges text messages with its staff. Be sure to enlarge the video.



From the BBC News we learn that Japan has unveiled a “Hello Kitty” bullet train. I think the most cat-loving people in the world are the Russians and the Japanese. Here are some photos and text (indented):

It is enough to wake the tired eyes of the groggiest commuter. A striking white and pink bullet train themed around the Japanese cartoon character and marketing phenomenon Hello Kitty.

The bespoke train will begin a three month run between the western cities of Osaka and Fukuoka on Saturday.

It was unveiled by the West Japan Railway firm which hopes the use of a famous local export will boost tourism.

Hello Kitty branding features on the windows, seat covers, and flooring.

In line with the firm’s aim to attract tourists, the first carriage will have no seats but will offer passengers the chance to buy regional goods and foods from western Japan.

Another carriage will have a large Hello Kitty doll – adorned in a unique crew uniform – where fans can pose for photos.

The bar ( think):


Reader Michael sent a video of a cat diving in to a box of ducklings. My two favorite animals! Grania thinks, however, that neither the kitty nor the ducklings especially enjoyed their encounter.




  1. Michael Fisher
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    And Part II to the excellent Merilee txt stories:

    • Blue
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      O ! .this. one, too Ms Merilee and Mr Fisher,
      is just darling ! What a lovely set of funnies !


      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 30, 2018 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

        These pets are really good at spelling 🙂

  2. Michael Fisher
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    PS that cat/duck video got me worried at first – kitty didn’t seem to see them as food so that’s OK

    I’m not the Michael who emailed you that, but I did send the Hello Kitty train in 🙂

    • rickflick
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      I think I could see the kitten thinking. She was puzzling over how to “play” with all the duckies at once. At one point it looked like one would get de-headed.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 30, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

        The duck that didn’t duck

  3. Posted June 30, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    The ducklings seemed more into it than the kitten. Towards the end, the kitten is thinking “Ok. That’s enough ducky love for a lifetime. Get me outta here!”

  4. BJ
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Kittytron Vs. Duckincane!

    • BJ
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Japan is so weird, and I mean that as a great compliment.

  5. Blue
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    … … pretty much a purrfect Caturday’s portion
    of the weekend =


  6. mikeyc
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    There are many things that people get wrapped up in which I will never understand. I could live to be a thousand and would always be horrified by them. Pro wrestling, Justin Bieber, anything Star Wars related, furries*, Pokemon, reality TV shows and Hello Kitty. Inexplicable, mystifying, deeply weird and for some, more than a bit creepy.

    *I only recently discovered what these were; ewww, ewww, ewww!.

    • BJ
      Posted June 30, 2018 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      On furries:

      Most people have a fetish of some sort. I think furries are weird and kinda icky, but I think every fetish but my own is. It’s just an instinctual, emotional reaction and, if I think about it rationally, there’s nothing in particular that’s disgusting or terribly deviant. They’re not hurting anyone and there’s no particular element of it that makes me recoil in horror (like, say, scat); it just gives me that general feeling of unease that most fetishes do. And if it gets them off, good for them! Live! L’chaim!

  7. Bill Morrison
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Are they not goslings?

  8. openidname
    Posted June 30, 2018 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Bit of a ripoff of “Texts from Dog,” but that’s okay, more funny is better than less.

  9. Andrea Kenner
    Posted July 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Maybe they could add a Hello Kitty train to the DC Metro. After they fix the debris fires and smoke in the tunnels, that is.

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