Blame it on Historiann, who asks readers this morning if they have ever heard the expression "cute as a pailful of kittens?" Have you ever heard that expression? We hadn't, actually, but the question made us wonder:
"cute as a basketful of puppies?"
An exhaustive quarter of a second search of the Interwebs suggests that this is not a common expression, but we think it should be, because, well, you know:
(Photo Credit: Picked up here, but you should avoid this captivating blog about some amazing yet ordinary saints out in Shampoo-Banana doing the lord's work of providing foster care for dogs, especially pups and new moms. This blog features a PuppyCam that is as addictive as crack, especially if you are on leave or have recently lost a much beloved companion animal. Do not go to this blog if you love dogs or have anything other than a stone in the place where your heart should be. And if you are foolish enough to go to this blog, do not under any circumstances look at the little puppy named Martha, who is chocolate brown and so full of spunk and cuteness that your heart will melt even if it is made of stone. [That's Martha on the back row of the photo above, clearly plotting to lead the pack on a great escape from the silly basket.] You have been warned. RW Enterprises, LLC)
Should your taste in animal cuteness incline more in the feline direction than the canine -- but if that is the case, darling, may I ask what the heck you are doing here? -- then click on the vid Historiann embedded in her post, which shows Koko, the gorilla famous for her skill in sign language, meeting a litter of five kittens and picking out one to snuggle with:
Lord, people, how is a girl ever supposed to get anything done, with all this inter-species cuteness just a click or two away? Oh, and if you feel like getting a little weepy while you are not reading scholarly journals in your field this afternoon, take a look at the vid of Koko learning about the death of a beloved kitten/playmate, All Ball. Grab a hankie, kittens, and learn what it sounds like when gorillas cry.
Wisdom of the Day from a 6-year Old who Hangs Out in le monde d'Historiann: "STFU" could also stand for Snuggle Time For Us! How lovely to think so, don't you agree? The next time someone slaps you with a stinging STFU in the midst of some epic Interweb kerfuffle, imagine that is the intended meaning and consider replying with these words from the greatest snuggler in the history of rock and roll, Mr. Bruce Springsteen:
Cuddle up angel cuddle up my little doveOh, Bruce, you had me at cuddle up. STFU, darlings, and I'll see you soon, down in the tunnel of love. Peace out.
We'll ride down baby into this tunnel of love