Vote for cats!

Brady Haran, who, among other things makes YouTube videos about science, is taking a vote on who favors dogs vs. who favors cats.

You know what to do: click on the tweet below to go to Haran’s twitter site, and then vote for felids! I don’t ask readers for much, and never for money, so humor me and vote the right way by clicking on the tweet below. There are only a few thousand votes, d*gs are winning, the vote ends at about 4 pm Chicago time on Tuesday, and we have 56,000 subscribers. Do the old Professor a favor.   

We can do it!

h/t: David

44 Comments

  1. Merilee
    Posted August 13, 2018 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, but I love them equally.

  2. Michael Fisher
    Posted August 13, 2018 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Sorry prof. love yah, but not signing up to Twitter.

    • eric
      Posted August 13, 2018 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

      That’s my situation too. Not on it, don’t plan on getting on it. The felines will have to fend for themselves on this one (which they are much much better to do compared to d*gs)

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted August 13, 2018 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

        Me too. I’ve heard the Trump is on it.

        cr

    • Maryann Schulz
      Posted August 14, 2018 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      ditto – not joining Twitter…

    • Maryann Schulz
      Posted August 14, 2018 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      ditto – not joining Twitter…

  3. Posted August 13, 2018 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Gotta continue to sit on the fence on this one (like a cat or chipmunk), as they’re both my best friends!

  4. Posted August 13, 2018 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link. Deets, Hitch and I will take the vote onto consideration. I’m afraid Cecil will miss the deadline.

    • Posted August 13, 2018 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      You’ll perhaps be relieved to know that Deets, Hitch, and I were not allowed to vote because we aren’t signed up on Twitter. That’s because we think Twitter is one of the worst things ever invented.

  5. Ken Pidcock
    Posted August 13, 2018 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    My cat told me to have nothing to do with Twitter.

  6. dabertini
    Posted August 13, 2018 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    GLADLY!

  7. dabertini
    Posted August 13, 2018 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    GLADLY!

    • Blue
      Posted August 14, 2018 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      +10, dabertini and Professor !

      Blue

  8. Posted August 13, 2018 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Voted for cats, but we are currently losing, 59% to 41%.

  9. Jenny Haniver
    Posted August 13, 2018 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I don’t do twitter, either.

  10. Joe Hahn
    Posted August 13, 2018 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, but I refuse to have anything to do with Twitter, Facebook or other “social media” platforms.

    • Laurance
      Posted August 13, 2018 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Joe…I just posted and then saw that you’d posted just before me. If you’re still reading this post, you’ll see my post below yours.

      Yeah, I don’t care for social media. I’m only on Facebook (if I can even be said to be “on”) because that’s the only way I can be in contact with certain people.

      But when Jerry’s request came rolling in, I did use Twitter for the very first time.

      Laura

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted August 13, 2018 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

        I signed up for Farcebook because I needed to contact an ex-tenant of mine and the only lead Google gave was her Farcebook account. And the only way I could get a message to her was to sign up. Screw you, Farcebook!

        I responded to half-a-dozen ‘friend’ requests, but never again, I now get bombarded with auto-emails every time one of my ‘friends’ posts anything. I can’t figure out how to stop it without ‘unfriending’ them which I don’t want to do as it seems like being hostile. I get numerous more ‘friend’ request emails which I don’t know if they’re genuine (from the real friends concerned) or have been auto-generated so I just delete them on sight.

        cr

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted August 13, 2018 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

          You can stop or customise all that email notifications nonsense. Two minutes work:
          https://www.howtogeek.com/343231/how-to-disable-and-customize-facebook%E2%80%99s-notifications-texts-and-emails/

          • infiniteimprobabilit
            Posted August 14, 2018 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

            OK thanks, I’ll follow that up

            cr

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted August 14, 2018 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

              Its good to help anyone, but especially a Kiwi

        • Posted August 13, 2018 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

          I like Facebook. I’ve been a member for a long time and participate in several groups, according to my interests — fishing, photography, birds, technology, physics, and so on.

          It’s possible to reach an equilibrium. I’ve blocked or ignored the occasional assholes, and made friends with others whom I’d never have otherwise met. It’s been a net good for me.

          As an experiment, not long ago I created a new Facebook account with a splashy (but honest) banner photo and profile. and just watched it from afar, without posting at all. It was bombarded with all manner of crazy weirdos (and I’m sure some were good people). Not an equilibrium state.

          • Posted August 14, 2018 at 1:35 am | Permalink

            I agree. I use facebook in the same way. Of course there is a lot of tripe on FB and other social media but the same is true of blogs, magazines, tv programmes, films etc. You just have to select the stuff you find to be of value and ignore the rest.

  11. Laurance
    Posted August 13, 2018 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Years ago I joined Twitter on the advice of the guy who founded our local atheist club. But I never did anything with it, never used it, never got involved. Have no interest in it.

    But since you asked so nicely, I’ve gone to Twitter for the first time and clicked to vote for cats.

  12. Posted August 13, 2018 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Jesus, I ask one small favor, and people refuse on principle. I write tons of stuff here and barely ask for anything. . .

    • Posted August 13, 2018 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

      Signing up on Twitter is a bridge too far.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted August 13, 2018 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

        Yup. They’re not refusing on principle to vote for kittehs, they’re refusing on principle to sign up for Tw*tter.

        cr

        • Posted August 14, 2018 at 4:33 am | Permalink

          Agreed. And, of course, sensible cat people will not join Twitter, whereas silly d*g people will, hence the obviously biased result so far 😉

    • James Walker
      Posted August 14, 2018 at 5:33 am | Permalink

      Did anyone ever tell you you’d make a good Jewish mother? 😛

  13. Debbie Coplan
    Posted August 13, 2018 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I was very happy to cast my cat vote!

  14. Posted August 13, 2018 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Apologies, Jerry. I love Why Evolution is True (both book and website) and I love cats, but my six dogs insisted that I vote on their behalf.

  15. Posted August 13, 2018 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh no! Dogs are winning at 60%!

  16. Posted August 13, 2018 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    In the not too distant future a scholarly paper will be written about parasitic mind memes is the Twitter sphere.

  17. Posted August 14, 2018 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Delighted. But dogs are still ahead at 59%.

  18. James Walker
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    I voted for cats, although I don’t see it as an either/or …

  19. Posted August 14, 2018 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Voted for cats, but it still looks bad.

    For all those people “virtue signalling” by proclaiming you won’t have anything to do with Twitter, you only have to sign up for Twitter, vote and then never look at Twitter again in your whole life.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 14, 2018 at 6:21 am | Permalink

      It’s not “virtue signalling” – I will not sign to Twitter even for just this exercise, don’t assign a motivation to me please Jeremy.

      • Posted August 14, 2018 at 8:21 am | Permalink

        It’s your prerogative not to sign up for Twitter, but I’m not sure why you feel the need to proclaim it on this thread.

        The post, by the way, was a bit tongue in cheek, hence the scare quotes around “virtue signalling”.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted August 14, 2018 at 8:41 am | Permalink

          Gate keeper & chief decider Jeremy. It came over as a sneer so you might work on that & “scare quotes” [see what I did there?] didn’t get that message across.

          Your suggestion [?] that people who don’t want to sign up shouldn’t say so here – that is somehow your business to do while it is not my business to say I will not sign up?

          • Posted August 22, 2018 at 4:21 am | Permalink

            I didn’t say you shouldn’t, I said you didn’t need to.

            And if you want sneering, the tone of your original post came across as sneering towards Twitter followers to me.

  20. Ruthann L. Richards
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Tried to vote–for cats, of course–but it wouldn’t accept my vote unless I signed up for Twitter, which I absolutely will not do. No fair!

  21. YF
    Posted August 14, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Sorry, no Twitter for me thanks.

    But for the record, the only cats I have ever liked are ones that behave like dogs. The rest are downright demonic.

  22. Posted August 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Voted cats.
    60/40 dogs leading.
    An hour to go and the last man’s in.


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