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I can’t believe someone actually got funded to do the research that resulted in this headline: Cats Adore, Manipulate Women:
While cats have plenty of male admirers, and vice versa, this study and others reveal that women tend to interact with their cats — be they male or female felines — more than men do.
“In response, the cats approach female owners more frequently, and initiate contact more frequently (such as jumping on laps) than they do with male owners,” co-author Manuela Wedl of the University of Vienna told Discovery News, adding that “female owners have more intense relationships with their cats than do male owners.”
You don’t say. The research, by the way, was conducted by the Konrad Lorenz Research Station and the University of Vienna. I wonder how much funding they got to come up with this finding?
If anyone wants to see whether these results can be replicated–and you know, that’s the essence of science, replicating results–I want the world to know that I am standing by. For the right price, I can also look into such unsettled questions as, “What will pigeons do if you throw bread crumbs on the sidewalk?”
Man, there are a lot of major scientific mysteries I could investigate, now that I think about it. That whole question about how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? I could totally look into that. Just set me up with a few woodchucks and a modest stipend. I’ll have the answer for you next year.