This is another video from the wonderful The Dodo folks. And it transcends "adorable," as it tells a seriously impressive story. If you're interested in helping out, there's a URL address at the end.
Pretty much most "Adorable Animal" videos that I post -- as well as do most people... -- are those of dogs and cats, with an occasional adorable bear thrown in, or adorable ducks, something along those adorable lines. So, I thought that today I'd go in a totally different, albeit adorable direction. Here's one with an octopus.
This definitely qualifies as adorable, rather than merely endearing. Make sure you have the sound on for your speakers.
As I've noted, I love the videos put out by the fine folks at The Dodo. Here's another from them, though it's probably best described as "endearing" --
While the description of this brief video sets it up best, my favorite comment was from someone who wrote about it, "How do people find dogs like these? My dog barely knows how to sit."
This actually falls more under the heading of "Endearing," rather than "Adorable -- but it still fits. The Dodo is my favorite site for such things, and this is just another that meets their high standards. Their comments explain things well-enough, so there's nothing to add.
Kitten and lizards. Let's just say that the lesson we learn today is that when you are poised in stalking mode, so intent on your foe, deep in total tunnel-vision, sometimes when you're an inexperienced kitten you lose sight of the big picture...
It is a perfectly fine conclusion, but I suspect you'll probably wish that this ran longer to see even more of how all this fully turns out. But...well, it's plenty enough.
Perhaps if one could put a balloon caption on the final image, it might be, "What'd I do??" Though linguists might write a treatise on the subject and give it a different overall title. But I don't want to give it away, to I'll post that below the video. So, for now, we'll live it with the final caption -- "What'd I do??"
Here's the addendum:
As I said, this video might serve as a multi-media illustration to go along with a research project by a linguists, titling the paper, "On the Derivation of the phrase, 'Scaredy Cat.'"
Not much to add to this, other than it falls in to the Hugs for Everyone Division. I'm not sure if the most common comment while while this will be, "Awwww" or "You're kidding me??!"
I don't know if "adorable is the exact right word, but it's a hoot. And appropriate as we're upon the Academy Awards tomorrow. This is a cat watching a horror movie.
It's easy to anthropomorphize animals, and so it's hard to tell, it being a cat and all, exactly what it's actually reacting to (certainly it hasn't gotten caught up in the story and dialogue), there's nonetheless something that seems oh-so valid about this, aware of the tense music, facial expressions, tentative movements, who knows? -- all the more so since, at about 50 seconds in, we hear a brief line of dialogue which identifies not only what famous horror movie this is, but classic, terrifying moment...
(For those who can't decipher it, I'll explain below, so as not to give it away. Not only for the the fun of discovery in this video, but also the surprise in the movie itself for those who haven't seen it and plan to.)
Okay, here's an explanation of what movie the cat is watching -- and what specific scene is taking place on the screen.
I'll give the answer below...
By the way, as I noted above, the scene is a big plot twist, so if you haven't watched the movie yet and plan to -- and don't want the twist given away -- only read the first paragraph below and stop there.
The movie that is being played here is the Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
As for the scene, this the sequence where Lila, the sister of Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh) has come to town to find out what's been going on with her sister, who she hasn't heard from. With Norman having been temporarily diverted, Lila has sneaked into the house and is creeping down the stairs, where she spots his mother, Mrs. Bates, in a chair, with her back to Lila. And it's there where she turns the chair around and makes one of the most famous, scary discoveries in Hollywood movies. With which the cat here appears to agree...
We'll enter this into the "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow" Division --
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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