Kitteh wars: the final smackdown—with prizes!

August 11, 2010 • 12:02 pm

It’s the battle of the titans: Maru versus Ceiling Cat, and the voting ends at midnight (EST) tonight.  I’m asking my “minions” to go vote, with the chance of winning a prize.  Just go to the Catfight! site and cast your vote for either Maru or Ceiling Cat.  Then simply indicate which way you have voted in a comment on this post.

Now be honest.  Don’t vote for Ceiling Cat (who, by the way, is a religious symbol) and write that you voted for that adorable fluffball Maru.  And don’t not vote and say you did.

IF MARU WINS, I will award the following prizes. To reduce the appearance (though not the presence) of bias, there will be two winners:

Those who voted for Maru: a randomly selected winner gets an autographed paperback edition of Why Evolution is True

Those who voted for Ceiling Cat: a randomly selected winner gets a mint-condition paperback (autographed by me) of Krista Tippett’s Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit (I can’t wait to unload this one!).

152 thoughts on “Kitteh wars: the final smackdown—with prizes!

  1. Hmm. Tough call. Ceiling cat did give us the LOLCat Bible. And I tend to think that it’s useful for illustrating the silliness of religion.

    But then there’s Maru . . .

    1. Well, the bribes decided it. I already own WEIT, and I do like to add items to my woo/crank shelf.

      I voted for CEILING CAT.

      1. Did I misread the bribes? I don’t see any prize if CC wins. Prizes appear to be awarded only if Maru wins. WEIT for one of the wonderful persons who voted for Maru, and a white elephant for one of the losers who voted for Ceiling Cat.

  2. Can the Ceiling Cat create a box so large that Maru cannot jump out of? (or into?) I think not! Another vote for Maru!

  3. This is not about cute. It’s a about better. Ceiling cat isn’t a God, he’s just been turned into a religious symbol by his followers. He’s just a good cat, who watches you masturbate. It is, however, a tough choice, as Maru’s antics are awesome and better documented – but he’s just less iconic that t3h ceiling cat.

    I voted for Maru from home, and was actually surprised to see Ceiling cat trailing, so I voted for Ceiling cat when I got to work.

    Do I get entered for both prizes? Or excluded from both for cheating? (Where does it say you only get to vote once anyway) Or do I only get entered for my first choice (which was Maru, by the way, partly because I thought he’d be the underdog. Um. Undercat).

  4. Maru all the way… Though when I win, I want my autograph to say, “I’m sorry. I’ve been wrong about the importance of hybrids throughout my entire career.”

    Also, I have very astute students who just showed me free online pdf versions of your book… I think from Russia. If you want me to give you links, let me know and I’ll e-mail to you.

    1. Yes, please do send them to me. My email is easily gotten by simply googling me and going to my university site. Thanks.

      1. Speaking of sending things to you, I emailed you a few weeks ago with a question about Marsupials and Metatheria (this name was in the email). If you got the email, would you be kind enough to send a quick answer?

  5. I was going to vote for ceiling cat but he completely put me off when he insulted the adorable Maru by arrogantly prancing about the room meowing “how ignorant!, how ignorant” at the top of his lungs. I think he’s one of those militant new catty-ists.
    So Maru it is!

    1. I second this. Arizona needs people like Jerry Coyne to help dispel the craziness around here.
      Besides the problem we have with bigotry and paranoia, anecdotally I can say that Arizona also lags shamefully behind in accepting evolution as a fact.
      I work at a public library, and when I started there 3 years ago, I noticed that a lot of my co-workers are liberals or at least left leaning. (except for one 70 year old lady republican who does not trust Obama because he’s black – to put it nicely) But to my surprise, only 2 of them besides me accepted the fact of evolution and knew anything about it in any kind of detail. Three others seemed interested in the subject and after a few long talks seemed pretty convinced and intrigued by the idea. But at least 5 of them call it the monkey theory or fish theory and scoff in mockery at the whole work done in the past century and a half and claim that it is made up and complete nonsense (surprise! Surprise! 4 of these are hardcore Christians). I’ve done what I can there, and along the way de-converted 3 people to atheism/agnostics.
      At the house everyone has suffered my wrath (really just long discussions about the bible, its history, its very dark and immoral stories, the outlandish claims, and the relentless clashes of religions with science) and now all there are athiest except for a brother and his wife (but they are deist at most). My father is now a flat-out and proud athiest and shocks everyone at work and his sisters when they come around with his irreligiosity and I think it’s damn awesome, since he also proudly claims that his youngest son (me) taught him a lot, mostly to not be afraid or ashamed to admit that you do not believe in fairy-tales. (If I accomplish nothing else in life, haha, which seems likely, I could die happy with that fact)
      Crazy stuff, Phoenix iz not very highly educated. (Oh and when I was in high school, only one of my biology teachers ever mentioned the word evolution, it seemed taboo just to utter it in a classroom, and the same also applied to 2 college courses)
      So, what’s my point with all of this? That, oftentimes we tend to blanket term evolution-deniers as right-wing republicans, but in fact a big chunk of left leaning citizens reject or are ignorant of what evolution is and is not. (Many seem to think that creatures just evolve spontaneously into new creatures, or as if the whole spiel had directionality to it, culminating in humans)
      So yes, Arizona most definitely needs your intellectual clout Professor Coyne. We need re-enforcements, for though the statistics point to a shrinking of religious affiliation, I fear the crowd of ignorance/bigotry may be getting louder, stronger, and more desperately dangerous.

  6. Jerry, use your power only for good. I voted for Maru, but it is meaningless since the demise of Happycat, who is a British Shorthair, the most beautiful and noble of all the cats.

  7. Jerry, I do not quite know how to say to you…Please, sit down to your most comfortable chair, take a long, deep breath and maybe also a healthy dose of some fine single malt..

    Here are the bad news: Bec Crew of the fame sent me this message, after I had alerted her to the possibility of casting the decisive vote on teh Celestial Cat vs. Maru fight, via Twitter:

    “No competition! Maru sucks”.

    I know that you cannot leave that shocking and perversely Antipodean challenge to all standards of kitteh cuteness unheeded: it is a declaration of war and now it is the time for everybody to stand up and be counted.

    Having already given that decisive vote for Maru in the semis, my choice is clear: I shall not say a word to Bec…:)

  8. Seems that teh Ceiling Cat is badly trailing, after I gave the 844th vote for Maru, but it isn´t over until it is over, and if there is anycat who can make miraculous comebacks, it must be teh Ceiling Cat…I wonder whether Paul the Octopus knows the final outcome already…

  9. I’m a proud Maru-voter. Maru (if you’re reading this), you leapt straight into my heart. Maru for state comptroller!

  10. Maru is possibly the funniest thing on the internet. I wish Ada did things that silly…

    Maru >> Ceiling cat!

    1. .. well .. ‘my’ .. I am, of course, only their most favorite bringer-of-food and scooper-of-poop: there’s no matter of ownership.

  11. Ceiling Cat is watching this contest. He watched me vote for him on the site you linked. He’s watching me post this reply. He watched me… well, let’s leave that out for now.

    I vote Ceiling Cat!

  12. まる (Maru) all the way.

    A note to readers: Yes, this blog honors Caturday, and yes, Ceiling Cat commands us to honor Caturday, but that does *not* imply that this blog is a front for the Ceiling Cat cult! That is absurd, and I hope this post will put these impertinent accusations to rest.

  13. Sorry. Ceiling Cat looks inquisitive, playful, and intelligent. Maru just looks mopey. So it’s gotta be teh Ceiling Cat!

    But I did do my part to help Maru beat out that poser Sockington!

  14. I voted for Maru. I must express my disgust and utter contempt for whoever set up the brackets that way. The final should obviously be Maru vs Sockington. Though Ceiling Cat is definitely the #3 internet kitteh.

    1. hmph… I’m miffed that Roomba cat didn’t make it to the finals. S/he drives and smacks pit-bulls!

      Even still,s/he’s no Maru.

  15. Maru, of course.

    This means if I win, my copy of WEIT will have to be passed on to my fabulous niece who is starting college in two weeks under the gross handicap of having spent the past ~10 years under the influence of crazy fundys.

  16. I did voted for teh ceiling cat. While technically a religious symbol, CC is usually used to mock religious explanations.

    If I win the Tippet book, you can send it to me at this address:

    Creation Museum
    PO Box 510
    Hebron, KY 41048


  17. Maru (just voted), because ceiling cat is not real. However, if this was a different contest, one for the cleverness of video making, Maru would lose to Ceiling Cat.

    You’ve raised the minion bar–Myers will have to ply his with tempting rewards now to get them to do his bidding.

  18. BOKO-MARU!

    (that’s a “Cat’s Cradle” reference, if you didn’t know)

    He’s kicking CC’s little booties.

  19. Okay, you bought my soul for Maru. I feel so violated. But I did it. I clicked the ominous circle and blasphemed against the one true god, Ceiling Cat.

    Well, at least as I sit in the dark, dank, depressing, French Resistance bar themed domain of Basement Cat with bad open mike poetry, I might have something worthwhile to read, some possible glimpse of knowledge that could redeem my traitorous soul. Perhaps, if I am lucky, I will be a better educated feline Judas.

    O Ceiling Cat, forgive me!

  20. OK, time to reveal the plot: teh Basement Cat just could not permit teh Ceiling Cat to win this, so teh Basement Cat took the form of Maru and told Jerry to bribe the jury, just to make it final…:)

  21. Another vote for Maru.

    It was a toss-up until I saw that the Maru prize was the better one. They’re both awful cute, after all, unlike some of the earlier contenders.

  22. Voted Maru
    Too cute not to!
    Plus, I would LOVE to have an autographed copy of WEIT on the bookshelf next to “Your Inner Fish”, “The Ancestor’s Tale” and “The Greatest Show on Earth”

  23. Maru vote 1921. Up 73% vs. 26%. I’m tired of Ceiling Cat always spying on me. Though the overhead felid is far less creepy Jesus constantly masturbating in the corner.

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