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10 Must-Have 2016 Calendars for a Fantastic New Year

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The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means it’s time to track down your 2016 calendar for organization and inspiration. Sometimes a digital calendar just won’t do. These designs, inspired by everything from literature,  morbid museum collections, and most importantly, cats, are a must-have if you like putting pen to paper and visualizing each day of the year. Cheers to a fantastic 2016.
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Heartwarming Photos of Adoptable Black Cats That Dispel the Bad-Luck Myth

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According to a survey published by the Huffington Post, around 26% of people said the color of a cat was important to them when considering adoption. While the saying about a black cat crossing your path being bad luck seems like pure superstition to most people, 13% of Americans are genuinely terrified by it. It certainly isn’t a myth that black shelter cats struggle to find permanent homes, but photographer Casey Elise is doing her part to help these misunderstood kitties find loving owners.
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Adorable Illustrations of a Cat’s Everyday Life

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Earlier this week, Thistle Magazine introduced us to an artist by the name of Julia d. whose adorable cat illustrations spoke to the feline fiends at Flavorwire HQ. A delightfully plump ginger pussycat is the subject of the artist’s fascination. She depicts the curious kitty in everyday situations — napping, rolling around, and begging for attention (only to sashay on by, we imagine). Cat lovers know what we’re talking about. See more of the artist’s “dreamy” ode to a kitty in our gallery.
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Unique Tarot Decks for Uncommon Occultists

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Pamela Colman Smith illustrated the original Rider-Waite tarot deck, which originally published in 1910. Since then, it’s been the standard for mystics of all ilk. But contemporary occult practitioners and Instagram witches have inspired a wave of unusual tarot deck designs – those that speak to their lifestyle, humor, and identities. Here are just a few of the unique tarot decks available today that look to literary sources, race, sexuality, and urban architecture for their concepts and art.
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8 Surprising Facts About the Rise of the Dark Net

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One of the truly indispensable works of nonfiction released in 2015, Jamie Bartlett’s The Dark Net charts the rise of the anonymous Internet — the “dark net” — and its many appendages. Bolstered by rising cryptographic technologies, a fair amount of intellectual hubris, and no shortage of libertarian pride, the trolls and programmers who “built” the dark net (or labored in its underbelly) can aggravate the sensibility of even the sanest person. Nevertheless, the story of how it all came to be is fascinating. Here, drawn from Bartlett’s book, are eight facts you may not have known about the rise of the dark …Read More

The Dangers of Spilled Coffee and Sex on the Beach: Links You Need to See

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“Juxtaposition” is the word of the day. Take New Jersey and New York. Neighbors? Sure. But if you look closely, says Jon Stewart, they are really “two states, united in one spirit…and that spirit is corruption.” Wait, that’s antithetical to “juxtaposition.” Let’s try a better example: Take the United States and the the United Arab Emirates. A couple was caught having sex on a beach in each country. One couple was just sentenced to three months in jail, although the charges carry a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison “under the strict Muslim laws that govern [the country].” But in the other country — the good old U.S. — the man is facing 15 years, the woman’s fate is in the air, and both will have to register as sex offenders
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The Life of Cats in Historic Japanese Woodblock Prints

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They were brought to Japan on ships during the mid-sixth century to protect sacred Buddhist scriptures during transport, but quickly became a central element of Japanese life, appearing in art and folklore throughout the ages. Cats populate the ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Edo Period (1615-1867). Japan Society Gallery will be presenting a selection of these historic prints, which include the longest-lasting image of a cat in Japanese literature and more. “Much that is fundamental to the Japanese character can be gleaned from these historic popular prints that feature cats in everyday life and lore,” notes Miwako Tezuka, director of the gallery. Half of the works will be on view through April 26, while the rest will be exhibited from April 29 to June 7. Bewhiskered kabuki actors, exotic predators, anthropomorphized felines, and other cats await you in our preview of Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection.
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The Celebrity Cats and Dogs of 2014

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It’s no secret that cats and dogs dominate the Internet (though cats would take issue with that statement). Throughout the year, adorable photos and heartwarming stories about feline fuzzballs and canine companions distracted us from the daily grind. They became celebrities. With the end of the year in sight, we felt it was only proper to give the most popular pussycats and pups their due. Here are some of the greatest cats and dogs that ruled our hearts in 2014. There is an endless supply of adorbs in the animal department, so be sure to mention any personal favorites, below.
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