Attention cat fans-have I got a show for you! The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is making feline history with a film festival devoted to the online cat videos that take up valuable Internet space. With many of the cat videos getting millions of hits, it's not too surprising someone decided to try and legitimize the falling, funny-face making, weird noise making memes as an art form. In fairness, organizers didn't actually plan to make the festival a serious event. But when they received thousands of submissions, they decided they had something valuable on their hands. I can't help but think the ancient, cat-worshipping Egyptians would approve.
Speaking of animal worship, can you think of any good reason for a woman to keep a 400-pound gorilla statue in her house? I didn't think so. Patricia Rudalavage's beloved lava-rock statue, Greystone, was returned to her Scranton-area home on Thursday after someone supposedly took it on Monday night. The statue had bullet holes in its head, stomach and extremities but is still standing. Although it appears thieves took it for target practice, Rudalavage could also have invented the statue-napping as an elaborate ruse to get insurance money. That or King Kong is her all-time favorite movie. Ever.
Honey, I'm home, and I'm really, really hungry! The Associated Press reported Lane Yeager of Colorado returned home the other night to find a large black bear wreaking havoc in his house and eating his peanut butter. Wildlife experts who came to the scene say that the bear was probably in the house about an hour before Yeager returned. Yeager shot and killed the animal. The Associated Press reports that he had every right to do so in order to protect himself and his property. Right. Good to know. Next time a large animal with sharp claws and fangs charges at me, I'll be sure to double-check my right to shoot. I'd hate to infringe on the bear's right to eat me.
And finally, in an act of kindness not often seen in the brutal world we live in, two good Samaritans decided to make sure a man who had just been robbed had enough bus fare to get home. The problem? The poor guy's benefactors had just robbed him at gunpoint. It happened at a Dayton, Ohio bus stop on Tuesday morning. The Dayton Daily News reports that two men walked up, put a gun to the victim's forehead and ordered him to hand over everything in his pockets. The victim gave them $40 and his cellphone. Before fleeing on foot, one of the men asked the victim if he had enough money for the bus. When he said no, one handed him back $2. No suspects have been detained. It's possible the thieves were actually IRS agents.