The BBC News Magazine has a “Caption Challenge“, and the latest subject is an intriguing picture of a cat.
I hold my own cat like this all the time, but usually I’m lying on my back on the floor, swinging the cat from left to right, and making whooshing noises while singing some made-up song about “Supercat”. If you want to make a caption suggestion to the Beeb, “You can submit captions for this week’s picture by sending us an email to: email@example.com using the subject line Caption.” Do so right away, as there’s a deadline of 12:30 BST Friday. The 6 best suggestions share a prize of a “traditional small quantity of kudos”. If you do submit one, share it with us here at WEIT in the comments, and if you miss the BBC deadline, just put it in the comments here.
The BBC has been running a new series Cat Watch 2014, which started on October 7. There are three episodes, all of which have had their first run, but there are still re-broadcasts and the full episodes are available online in the UK. They are not, unfortunately, available in the US, so readers will need to check their local availability. There are a series of video clips from the series, each a minute or two long, that should be viewable from any location. Much of the film uses “cat cams“, miniature spy cameras attached to the cats, which have been used successfully before in cat studies and a previous BBC program (which we also noted here at WEIT).
Although the clips have embed codes, I can’t get them to work. However, if you click here, you will be taken directly to a full screen view of a clip from the “Cat Talk” episode– meowing (or miaowing, if you prefer). Speaking of talking, I couldn’t exactly place the presenter’s accent– does anyone recognize it? (She sounds like Emma Thompson to me.)
Unsurprisingly, the answer is “of course not!”” In fact — also unsurprisingly — evolution seems to strengthen the narrator’s belief. This one-hour show was on the BBC last week, and although their website won’t play it in the US, the program has been put on YouTube in six segments. You can access segment 1 below, and then, if you want to watch the rest of the show, go here and click on the succeeding segments that appear next to it on YouTube.