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Friday, 1 March 2013

1 March 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Cat’s Affinity with Mankind: Helper, Healer, and Psychologist

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00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Cat’s Affinity with Mankind. Helper, Healer, and Psychologist


The RIA translator gets a Big Green Weenie Award on this one. They left some minor details in Russian (or in Cyrillic letters). I corrected them with Photoshop in minutes. To let such easily-corrected details pass is lazy work… and there’s nothing that I dislike more. Let’s see… today’s Friday and they wanted an early start on the weekend, I’ll wager…



1 March is International Cat Day. Hardly any other animal has so solid a niche in human historycats were goddesses and harbingers of failure, favourites and outcasts, a most-extraordinary and most-faithful friend of mankind. This RIA-Novosti Infographic tells you all about cats, their positive qualities, habits, and unique attributes.

Mariya Sotskaya, associate professor of animal psychology at the Moscow Institute of Psychology and Education, told RIA-Novosti, “Firstly, the cat is a symbol of comfort. A cat nestled cosily in sleep, under a lamp on the desk, creates a certain reassurance. This fact, its ability to fit into the human environment, contributed to the domestication of this animal”.

See gallery “Whiskers and Stripes: Cat Facts and Figures” >>

Experts on how cats affect human health >>

If you can put a cat on a sore spot in the cervical or lumbar spine, the cat’s body-heat is beneficial to your overall well-being. Sotskaya added, “It turns out that it’s a live natural hot-water bottle with an optimum temperature. However, I’m sceptical of the supposition that a cat can find a sore spot and lie there of its own volition”.

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Gorky Park in Moscow will have Maslenitsa Events Featuring Blini, Contests, and Prizes

01f Maslenitsa 2011. Rostov


The Moscow Department of Culture announced that the city’s parks of culture and rest would hold traditional festivities and celebrations during Maslenitsa, from 11 to 17 March. Most of the events are due on 16 and March 17. In particular, Gorky Park of Culture plans two days of festivities with blini, contests, and prizes. At 18.00 on both days, popular artists will present a concert. Sokolniki Park will have a Maslenitsa Alley all week long, and blini, rides, and traditional amusements will be available in Fonntanoi Square. On Forgiveness Sunday, the parks will host a burning of the effigy of Marena. Maslenitsa events shall occur in Izmailovo, Krasnaya Presnya, Hermitage Garden, Taganka, Kuzminki Forest, Perovo, Lianozovo, Babushkinsky, Svernoe Tushino, Fili, Bauman Garden, and Muzeon Parks.

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Editor’s Note:

The old pre-revolutionary Maslenitsa is back… by popular demand! That tells you that the revival of Orthodoxy is on track better than the perusal of church attendance figures does. I’ll tell ya a secret… the contemporary commies are 100 percent behind it all… they’re believers (as are Zyuganov and Simonenko, their leaders), after all (the rightwing pro-American Free Marketers are godless… reflect on that one, kids). We should keep this tradition… and revive it where it’s fallen into disuse (often, due to modernist clergy). In any case, it’s FUN… and God does want you to enjoy the good life that He gave you. One of the questions He’s going to ask you is, “Why didn’t you enjoy the legit pleasures that I made for you?” Now, that’s something to mull over…


1 March 2013. It’s International Cat Day in Russia! Stroke Your Feline Friends Today…

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Seeing as it’s International Cat Day, how ’bout a vid of Leopold the Cat (his catchphrase is, “Let’s live in friendship, guys” (Ребята, давайте жить дружно: Rebyata, davaite zhit druzhno), one of Russia’s most beloved multifilm characters?


Today is International Cat Day in Russia. Rather than give you a rehash, click here for an excellent RIA-Novosti photo essay on our furry friends. We have two of the little furbies (our tomcat, Poochie, died late last year… he’s still missed) ourselves. They brighten up our lives… as they brighten up yours, no doubt. Give your cat a hug… it’s their day!



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