Acoustic Kitty was a CIA project launched by the Directorate of Science & Technology in the 1960s attempting to use cats in spy missions. A battery and a microphone were implanted into a cat and an antenna into its tail. Due to problems with distraction, the cat’s sense of hunger had to be removed in another operation. Surgical and training expenses are thought to have amounted to over $20 million.
The first cat mission was eavesdropping on two men in a park outside the Soviet compound on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C.. The cat was released nearby, but was hit and killed by a taxi almost immediately. Shortly thereafter the project was considered a failure and declared to be a total loss.
Artist Remo Lienhard (aka Wes21) created this awesome mixed media snail bus sculpture. We think it might be friends with the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro. That is, provided that either the Catbus has the patience the slow down to hang out with the snail bus or the snail bus is actually super speedy.
Max Fleischer’s Superman
Episode 2: The Mechanical Monsters (1941)
A band of giant flying robots has been robbing buildings in Metropolis.
The Frog Museum
The Frog Museum in Switzerland originated in the 1850s when an eccentric Napoleonic guard began collecting dead frogs on his walks in the countryside. When he returned home he would gut them, fill the skins with sand, and arrange them into satirical tableaux depicting domestic life in the 19th century.
Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination, 1992, cover by Howard Chaykin
“Gully Foyle is my name
And Terra is my nation
Deep space is my dwelling place
The stars my destination”
Movie poster for Man Conquers Space, a privately-produced film that, unfortunately, never got off the ground. I talked a little about it yesterday in this post, and here’s the high-rez poster.
Things like this make me nostalgic for a world that never was.
“Never got off the ground”….literally.