The background here: my girlfriend had a 1944 dollhouse that she grew up with, and acquired bits of ‘furniture’ to make the experience more real. We were just down at her mom’s place for the holidays and, feeling nostalgic, she set up the bedroom. Her cat, Sunny, being the quirky thing that she is, finds new things interesting and manifests this curiosity by lying on them. These pics capture that moment: a small doll house bedroom with a gigantic Maine Coon, head resting on the pillow and everything. The first pic caught her getting comfortable, with her tongue just sticking out of her mouth.
during the witch burning times, midwives were targeted because they were healers and they eased the pain of childbirth which was meant to be woman’s punishment for eating the apple in the garden of eden.
birth control and abortion were considered sinful for the same reason.
anti-choice sentiment started because people (men) wanted women to be punished, and these misogynistic ideas have carried on for hundreds of years.
what a sad reflection on our society.
"When I got my first cat, it changed me. There is something about holding a cat that makes your anger melt away. And if someone does something that upsets me—I have to remember my cat. I can’t keep my cat if I get into trouble.”
"I asked if Major Cabanaw had concerns for the safety of the cats. “Of course, we always want to ensure the safety of the cats, and the staff is great about keeping an eye out for them. But mostly, it’s the offenders keeping them safe. I have never once seen an offender kill his own cat. We screen them to be sure they have no history of animal abuse. But I’ll tell you this, there was a guy killed in here because he had spit soda pop onto someone else’s cat.”"
Washoe was a chimp who was taught sign language.
One of Washoe’s caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation:
"People who should be there for her and aren’t are often given the cold shoulder—her way of informing them that she’s miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing "MY BABY DIED." Washoe stared at her, then looked down. She finally peered into Kat’s eyes again and carefully signed "CRY", touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human (Chimpanzees don’t shed tears). Kat later remarked that one sign told her more about Washoe and her mental capabilities than all her longer, grammatically perfect sentences." 
more about Washoe:
after the death of her children, researchers were determined to have Washoe raise a baby and brought in a ten month chimpanzee named Loulis. one of the caretakers went to Washoe’s enclosure and signed “i have a baby for you.” Washoe became incredibly excited, yelling and swaying from side to side, signing “baby” over and over again. then she signed “my baby.”
the caretaker came back with Loulis, and Washoe’s excitement disappeared entirely. she refused to pick Loulis up, instead signing “baby” apathetically; it was clear that the baby she thought she was getting was going to be Sequoyah. eventually Washoe did approach Loulis, and by the next day the two had bonded and from then on she was utterly devoted to him.
*information shamelessly paraphrased from When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson.
Even more interestingly, after Washoe and Loulis bonded, she started teaching him American Sign Language the same way that human parents teach their children language. It only took Loulis eight days to learn his first sign from Washoe, and aside from the seven that his human handlers learned around him, he learned to speak in ASL just as fluently as Washoe and was able to communicate with humans in the same way she could.
now if y’all don’t think this is the tightest shit you can get outta my face
Koko’s most famous exploit was her fascination and desire for pets. She used to sign to her handlers, “KOKO + WANTS + CAT.” In total, she has had three cats (ALL BALL, Lipstick, and Smokey) and a parrot. (DEVIL TOOTH) Koko named DEVIL TOOTH herself after noticing the red plumage (devil) and beak (tooth). She has mourned the loss of all her pets, showing the traditional signs of grief: shock, denial, anger, depression, etc.
On one occasion, Koko got up to some mischief in her enclosure, ripping a sink from the wall it was mounted to. When the handlers returned to see the damage, the asked Koko, “KOKO + BREAK + SINK + question?” How did Koko respond? She blamed the incident on the cat. Not only is this a cute and entertaining anecdote, it proves that great apes have the intellectual capacity to lie. How amazing is that?
In another part of the world, Kanzi was a chimpanzee learning a form of communication called Lexigrams, in which symbols represented syllables of words. Kanzi was shown videos of Koko signing. Having never met Koko face-to-face and not taught a single sign by human handlers, Kanzi learned sign language. His trainers and caretakers were unaware of his ability until a visiting anthropologist who had previously worked with ASL in primates noticed Kanzi asking him “YOU + GORILLA + question?” Not only was Kanzi intelligent enough to learn sign language remotely, the real amazing part of this experience showed that primates had the capacity to ask questions.
Washoe and Koko were known to invent signs when they did not know the real sign for a word. Washoe loved watermelon, but because she didn’t know the compound sign “WATER + MELON.” she used the phrase, “SWEET + FRUIT.” Koko called rings, “FINGER + BRACELET”
Before scientists decided to try and teach primates ASL, there were attempts to teach them vocal language. Because these experiments were failures, the scientific community assumed that the apes’ shortcomings were due to mental inability. However, when sign language was introduced to the subjects, it was discovered the the failure was attributed, instead, to a physical shortcoming.
(Can you tell I did a presentation on this for my ASL class?)