Friday, November 12, 2010
Overheard on CNN.com: Kittehs in the news

 

COMMENT OF THE DAY: "My cat does not agree with some of the findings of these researchers. The following is a statement from Teddy the Cat:  'Meow meow meeeow meow. Meow meow. Meow? Meow meow meow. Barf.' I think the hairball speaks for itself." --Sildemark

 

It's Friday, so we wanted to end on a fun note. Our four-legged furry friends have made a few headlines as this week comes to a close. Research on how cats drink, and a story about a mix-up with a "Garfield" cartoon on Veterans Day, created a stir in our comments area. We'll start off the roundup with these two stories.

 

Check out what CNN.com readers had to say about these and other top stories in the news:

 

Science figures out how cats drink

 

Readers lapped up a lot of science from this article, and quickly moved from a drinking kitty to the merits of research. 2nova joked, "If this information is to be used in the development of robots that can drink neatly, I hope they thought to also look at why cats licking in moist cat food flick little bits of it all around their food dishes in an 8-inch spray pattern." Responding to a slight bit of mockery of scientific types, MiddleMomDoc thought she saw some "jealous nerd-bashing" and went on to say, "These are the people who will help us compete globally." And, as any smart kitteh knows, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you." Outraged2 regrets not cashing in on a childhood discovery: "I think I was 6 years old, laying on my belly on the floor watching my cat drink from a bowl, when I figured this out all by myself."

 

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it surely fuels the human race, some said. Zaoldyeck wrote, "This study in fact has some very clear possible applications, however, that's not the motivation for doing science." Rather, because it's fascinating. oldcorps76 said in reply, "I believe the point many here are making is, aren't there more pressing subjects of concern for the expense of limited research funds than the dynamics of cat thirst-slaking that could have competed for the august researchers time and effort?" But JLS639 responded, "@oldcorps76 This sort of study costs very little money. All you need is a camera, a computer, some simple robotics parts and a physics-savvy graduate student. These were resources the lab probably already had. It may well be because of the current fiscal situation that they are conducting this sort of research."

 

'Garfield' creator apologizes for ill-timed Veterans Day comic strip

 

A cartoon joking about a fake "National Stupid Day" happened to be released on Veterans Day unbeknownst to creator Jim Davis, who issued an apology about the controversy. Readers on the whole were outraged that anyone would find the incident offensive. Lots of references were made to what some say is society's obsession with what some call political correctness. RAblackmail said, "So has Garfield stopped eating lasagna because of the childhood obesity problem? I know after decades of service Cookie Monster got the axe." Samilcar responded (referring to a measure restricting meals served with toys), "Only in San Francisco, where special strips are created to satisfy the legal requirements imposed by the city council."

 

BMWBiker was one of several veterans who defended the comic strip. "I'm a veteran. I did a career in the military and retired honorably. Jim Davis has never done a strip that's anti-military and this one is typical of Garfield's relationship with the spider. It's funny and should be left alone. Keep on drawing Mr. Davis!!" Mother73 opined, "This seems sad that Jim Davis even needs to apologize. We have become far too PC for our own good." alanjay wrote, "Suppose he didn't apologize; then people would probably just assume that he hates the troops." DanHalen666 wrote, "This is not Jim Davis's fault. Copy editors at the newspapers should have caught this and pulled it. Blame them." But Monkeypox wasn't surprised. "Garfield is an anti-American Commie cat. I knew it!"

 

Twin Tale: Rising China, Japan's setting sun

 

A story about two twins, one of whom lives in China and the other in Japan, raised some heavy-duty discussion in the shadow of President Obama's trip through Asia. Our commenters for the most part were not convinced that any one country has economic success all figured out. tfrys said, "Around 25 years ago, everyone was studying Japanese business models because they ruled the world. Now, those rules are seen for what they were. Today, everyone is saying Chinese business is the way to go. In 20 years, this will also be the same." kraznodar responded, "You forgot the whole 'American business is the way to go' which lead us to a global recession." kakash said the economy in China is built on largely unstable foundation, even a "powder keg waiting to blow."

 

We also heard from OxynMoon, who is a twin. "We are very independent. After we graduate high school she is going to move to Japan while I move to Australia. She is going to be a vet while I study marine biology." shinjukuboy wrote about life in Tokyo, and says Japan has a higher standard of living than China: "There are plenty of ambitious people here in Tokyo and life is good. That is why the farm areas are depopulating as young kids come to the big city. Interesting it seems that most of the comments are about China rather than Japan." As cordoba46 noted, that might be "because Japan is an old lady now, but China is a young teenager. Which one you are interested in?" And dongfanghong noted, "Well, China is the big story now."

 

YOUR TURN: Now that you've read what other people are saying, do you find that your views align with theirs? Think of this as a wishing well in need of your 2 cents. Post a comment below or sound off on video. Compiled by the CNN.com comment moderation staff. Some comments edited for length and clarity.

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