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Japanese Artist Makes Realistic 3D Cat Portraits Out Of Felted Wool, And The Result Is Too Purrfect

Japanese artist Wakuneco takes something as simple as wool and makes incredible hyper-realistic cat portraits.

The artist uses wool of various different colors and creates 3D portraits of cats using needle felting techniques. On her Instagram, the artist shared that it’s a very long and delicate work and it takes her about a month to complete one portrait, but the stunning result is worth the efforts.

The artist uses pictures of real cats to create portraits as realistic as possible.

Take a look at some of her works below.

Japanese artist Wakuneco started needle felting only in 2015

However, looking at her works it seems that she’s been doing it all her life

She uses pictures of real cats as a reference to make her portraits as real as possible

Take a look at some of the beautiful works below

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This ‘smart’ prosthetic ankle makes it easier to use stairs

If something weird is captured on Google Street View, someone on the internet is bound to find it. Bonus points if it’s a cute animal.

That’s because, while there are plenty of weird and wacky moments well documented in the various lists we’ve created, Google is constantly updating Street View for accuracy. Due to the constant influx of revised images, every so often the internet will discover a new little Easter egg in the Google Street View world. 

This time, it’s an adorable close-up of a cat.  

Image: Google Maps

It seems as if Redditor u/Belocity first discovered two cats — including the one with the perfect expression, above — hanging out on a ledge near some Roman ruins.

Image: Google Maps

The site is actually a cat sanctuary at the Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome, so it’s no surprise that there would be cats there. However, the photo, which was taken by Roundel Arts Photography in April of 2017, is an up-close shot inside the sanctuary. And it’s clearly not what you’d typically expect from Google Maps.

Alas, it appears as if the photo has already been updated to this less entertaining, cat-less view. 

Image: Google Maps

But don’t worry, the first photo is still intact in Google Maps’ archive. Clicking on the history tab in the top left brings you to the photo from April, which shows the cats. 

Image: Google Maps

Please, friends, give this good cat a visit. At the very least, say hello on Google Maps. And if you find yourself in Rome, make sure you stop by to say hello to the many adorable cats that call this location home. 

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Vintage Matchbox-Style Artworks of Cats Making Questionable Decisions

“Strike Your Fancy” is a series of cheeky matchboxes depicting cats making questionable decisions. The 3-color block prints were created by Arna Miller in collaboration with her husband and fellow artist, Ravi Zupa.

The series is currently on display until June 30th at the Abstract Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

The hand printed matchboxes are also available for purchase here and here. Please note the boxes are now shipped without matches, as sending flammable objects through the mail was creating some understandable issues.

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ARTWORK BY
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ARTWORK BY
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ARTWORK BY
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A wax version of Ed Sheeran is in a cat cafe, which makes sense we guess

The real Ed Sheeran, not in a cat cafe.
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Never thought we’d say this, but a wax version of Ed Sheeran is currently surrounded by felines in a London cat cafe. Help it?

A wax model of the Grammy-winning artist, created by waxworks museum Madame Tussauds, took centre stage at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in London on Tuesday.

After its stay with the kittehs, the model will head to the museum, ready for hundreds of public selfies from next week, reports Reuters.

Although rather weird, the location makes sense, as Sheeran is a big time cat lover whose own cats, Chub and Chubber, make frequent appearances in his Instagram posts.

Just got home to my two favourite gals, it’s been a while my little pusslé

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Second Christmas for Chub and Chubber

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“Knowing what a pet lover he is, launching the figure at London’s renowned cat cafe felt like something the man himself would surely approve of,” Madame Tussauds London general manager Edward Fuller, said in a statement published by the news wire.

Look, it’s a pretty good representation of Sheeran too, much better than this Lady Gaga nightmare.

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Cat sniffs salt and vinegar chip, regrets decision instantly

If you’ve ever found yourself confused by the expression “curiosity killed the cat”, just watch the video below.

It’s almost like a modern-day — although thankfully much less severe — retelling.

“I told my cat she wasn’t gonna like this salt and vinegar chip but she didn’t listen to me”, tweeted Julianna Madison from Philadelphia, US earlier this week.

Behold the result (and make sure you have your sound on):

Oh dear.

Well, Missy may have had an unpleasant chip-related experience, but at least she’s now a viral superstar. That video has had well over 200,000 retweets at the time of writing.

Missy, you have now entered the internet hall of cat fame.

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I Take Photos Of Cats High On Catnip, And Its Sooo Much Fun (19 Pics)

I’m Andrew and I’m an animal photographer best known for my captivating images of felines. While I used to be terribly allergic to cats, I now live with my girlfriend, our three cats, and a slew of rotating foster kittens outside of D.C. 

Recently finished a project about cats’ love for the green stuff.

I have a book coming out on June 19th called CATS ON CATNIP and wanted to share a few shots from it. This book was sooo much fun to make and I hope you guys enjoy a sneak peak!

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Garfields creator, 40 years on: ‘I’m still trying to get it right’

Four decades since Jim Davis introduced his sardonic, lasagne-loving cat to the world, Garfield is read by 200m people every day. He talks about chasing the perfect gag and avoiding politics

Forty years ago this Tuesday, an orange tabby cat peered lugubriously at the world from the panels of his first comic strip. Our only thought is to entertain you, says his owner, Jon Arbuckle, brightly and guilelessly. Feed me, thinks the corpulent, Monday-loathing, sardonic Garfield, the eponymous hero of what would go on to become the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world.

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The first panel of the first Garfield strip, from 19 June 1978. Photograph: Paws Inc

Back on 19 June 1978, though, Garfield made his debut in just 41 newspapers, all in the US. A couple of months later, that number fell by one: the Chicago Sun-Times decided to drop the strip. Garfields creator, cartoonist Jim Davis was close to panic. Here I am, 90 days into my dream career, and I lose a newspaper, says Davis, speaking from his 200-acre country home outside Muncie, Indiana. I thought, This is it, its downhill from here.

Before Garfield was published, Davis had been working as assistant cartoonist while shopping around his idea for a strip about a bug, Gnorm Gnat, without success.

Newspaper syndicates were getting tens of thousands of submissions from hopeful cartoonists a year and taking one or two. The odds were heavily against me, he remembers. But eventually, a syndicate editor told him that your gags are great, but bugs nobody can relate to bugs, and Davis, showing a cannily commercial approach that would serve him in good stead when it came to Garfields vast merchandising empire, rethought his approach. I took a long hard look at the comics. I saw dogs doing well. But no cats. I thought, Huh!

Named after his grandfather, James Garfield Davis (a rather stern and intimidating person, but he had these really kind eyes he was a teddy bear), Garfield is a composite of the dozens of stray cats on Daviss childhood farm. He developed the strip over a year, creating a cast of contrasting characters to interact with his lazy, lasagne-loving cat geeky owner Jon, the playful, brainless dog Odie, Garfields vet Liz, and kitten Nermal. The strip was picked up and then shortly afterwards dropped by the Chicago Sun-Times. But readers bombarded the paper with more than 1,300 phone calls and letters demanding Garfields return. (The paper quickly acquiesced.)

So Davis quit his job and went all in for Garfield, showing a steely confidence despite a first pay cheque of, he estimates, $38 (28) for the month. But by 1983, 1,000 papers were running Garfield. By 2002, it had the Guinness World Record for the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world, with an estimated 200m daily readers turning to the crotchety feline in 2,570 newspapers across the globe. There are countless bestselling Garfield books (Daviss company Paws Inc says more than 135m have sold worldwide), television series, films, toys, clothes, mugs. (Garfield merchandise brings in an estimated $750m-$1bn a year.) Theres even a musical.

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A 1989 Garfield strip. Photograph: Used with permission of Paws Inc

At 72, Davis still writes and roughs out the strips himself, although a team completes them; the morning we talk, hes been working on a couple, as well as a ride for a Garfield theme park. Sitting down to dream up a new strip, hell visualise the cat and then send him up a tree, have him look out of a window, send him camping and then I watch him until he does something funny, and I back up three frames and cut him off.

Garfield himself has changed over the decades in what Davis calls an almost a Darwinian evolution. Today, his eyes and mouth are larger, and his body is slightly smaller, which helps with the more physical humour Davis has introduced. Peanuts creator Charles M Schulz helped get Garfield from four paws to two, advising Davis that like Snoopy Garfield needed to lose his tiny cat feet when he stands up. (He drew these two big feet on Garfield and he was standing. Magic.)

The nature of the humour has changed, too, says Davis. The first two or three years I got all the obvious cat gags out of the way, he says. Now I can take advantage of the fact people know him, the familiarity is much higher. You always expected to see Snoopy lying on the doghouse, for Charlie Brown to miss the football. There are certain things that make you feel warm and fuzzy, that have happened that way all your life, like telling an old joke over again. For some of us, it just gets funnier.

In a foreword to Age Happens, a new book celebrating Garfields 40th anniversary, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda writes how Daviss gags are such a mix of verbal and visual humour he can make you laugh with a patented Garfield one-liner, or a pie in the face from an unexpected location, describing Garfield himself as an ironic, detached cat who is mean to everyone and somehow all the more lovable for it.

Davis says he has come to understand that when people laugh at Garfield, theyre recognising themselves. We live in a time when were made to feel guilty about overeating, oversleeping, not exercising. Garfield not only does all that stuff but hes cool with that. I think in a way he relieves our guilt, he says. Garfield is everyones alter ego.

Garfield
Photograph: Used with permission of Paws Inc

The cartoonist has always been careful to steer clear of social and political commentary in his strips. I consciously stay away from the political because its in the rest of the newspaper. They handle it better than I ever would, he says. Im dealing with very basic things, eating and sleeping, and I predict everyones still going to be eating and sleeping 40 years from now. Will there be a denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula 40 years from now? I doubt it. And thats the point I want him to be the cat next door and I feel a real responsibility to balance the scales. With whats going on in the economy, in politics, its awful and very depressing, so the purpose of the comics is to lighten things up, to go, Hey, lets not take ourselves so seriously, folks.

With thousands upon thousands of Garfield strips published over the years, Davis is adamant that he remains fascinated by his feline creation. And while he has his charitable and environmental concerns the Professor Garfield literacy foundation, and a project to return his 200 acres to its natural state its the comics he really loves.

The noveltys not worn off because Im still trying to get it right, he says. Now and then if you can do some silly gag that comes out of left field, that delights the readers, thats worth a lot. Thats what I go for all the time. One day, Id like to write that gag that makes the whole world laugh.

Hed like to see Garfield continue, even when he puts down his pencil. I would like to do it for as long as I feel I have something to contribute to it, until someone taps me on the shoulder and says Jim, youre not funny anymore, stop it, he says. I cant believe 40 years has gone by. Its been like a finger snap.

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Creepy optical illusion of a lost cat poster turns its head as you walk by

A missing cat poster also became a creepy optical illusion. 

As you walk past the poster, the cat’s face appears to follow. When the viewer veers left, the cat’s head turns to watch. When you lean right, so does the missing cat. 

“Probably escaped from Azkaban or something,” the Redditor who posted the video said. 

But it’s not a dark magic power — it’s actually a pretty common optical illusion used in haunted houses. If you put concave cones behind the eyes of the illusion, it’ll look like the eyes will follow the viewer. Since the cat’s head is perfectly placed over a concave surface, it appears to turn its whole head as the viewer passes by. 

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Hot damn, this Bitcoin cat just might convince me to HODL

Yesssssssss.
Image:  iridi/getty

Bitcoin true believers have long promised a blockchain-based revolution, but the only true thing of value to come out of Satoshi’s white paper is this chill-ass cryptocat.  

Sure, the scams and ransomware and general buffoonery in the blockchain space have all been pretty great, but none of that comes close to this Bitcoin maximalist tabby. 

I mean, just check the dude out. 

He’s an absolute unit, with bad-boy appeal. 

Get it.

Image: iridi/getty

And! He’s knows how to accessorize. 

Oh *hell* yeah.

Image: iridi/getty

Let’s not overlook the fact that he believes in saving for retirement. 

Investing in a feline future.

Image: iridi/getty

But he’s not stingy, either. Check this party vibe. 

Crypto rich!

Image: iridi/getty

Also, hell yeah to these shades. My man’s got style. 

Fresh.

Image: iridi/getty

Not only that, he makes a coherent argument about the relative value of cryptocurrency versus fiat. (The tie means he’s legit.)

Farewell to fiat.

Image: iridi/getty

So while the market may be volatile, and the entire blockchain industry is basically a solution in search of a problem, at least it gave us this cat. 🙌 

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