• • 16 Great Cat Name Ideas Inspired by NFL Players

    Posted on 07/09/2015 by | 2 comments

    chairman meow largeYou’ve brought home a furry bundle of joy to rule your home, but what do you name your new militant little friend? Like NFL players, cats are agile, dynamic, and independent. They can also be unpredictable, mischievous, and capable of bold action; therefore, they deserve a bold name.

    Here are some suggestions for cat names from current NFL team rosters:

    The best potential cat names in the NFL

    maurkice pouncey cat name idea

    There are many great names in the NFL that are worthy of giving to a cat, here a the favorites of Chairman Meow:

    • Maurkice Pouncey – C, Pittsburgh Steelers
      Chairman Meow believes this is the best cat name in the NFL. Enough said.
    • Frostee Rucker – DT, Arizona Cardinals
      Perfect for a white cat, or one with with a white face.
    • Captain Munnerlyn – KR, Minnesota Vikings
      A name that shows authority. Great for a born feline leader.
    • Bacarri Rambo, SS, Buffalo Bills
      Strong name for a cat skilled in survival, hunting, and guerrilla warfare.
    • Zoltan Mesko – P, Cincinatti Bengals
      If you lived through the 1980’s, you may remember Zoltan from the movie Big? Since cats appreciate irony, perhaps this would be good name for a very small kitty?
    • Richie Incognito, C, Dolphins
      Perfect name for black cat, or cat that enjoys hiding or sneaking around a lot.
    cat name idea frostee rucker

    Is that Frostee Rucker?

    More current NFL player / cat name ideas

    • Atari Bigby – DB, Seahawks
    • Beanie Wells – RB, Arizona Cardinals
    • Barkevious Mingo(once again; ironic) OLB, Cleveland Browns
    • Cadillac Williams – RB, Free Agent
    • Ziggy Hood – DT, Steelers
    • Nico Johnson – LB, Buffalo Bills

    Of course, these are just current NFL names approved by Great Leader Chairman Meow. There are some great historical NFL names as well, such as Jumbo Elliot, Dexter Manley, Bronko Nagurski, and Deacon Jones. Plus, every year the NFL welcomes talented young players with great cat-name potential, so don’t insult them with a boring, common name like, “Bella, Max, or Kitty.” 

    Chairman Meow haz spoken. Please share!

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  • • Felis the Cat: A Brief History of the Lost Kitty-Constellation

    Posted on 06/07/2015 by | 3 comments

    “Dear Chairman Meow, are there any domestic cat constellations in the sky?”
    Thank you, Joanna R., Lansdale, Pa

    Excellent question, Joanna, and you are in luck because Chairman Meow has infinite knowledge of all things. Allow Teacher Meow to fumigate his wisdom upon you.

    In fact, there used to be a glorious constellation called, Felis the Cat, created as a tribute to the domestic kitty; later omitted from star atlases by arrogant and misguided astronomers.

    Felis the Cat Constellation: Born in 1799

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    joseph jerome lalande

    In 1799 French Astronomer and cat-lover Joseph Jerome de Lalande suggested adding a constellation that he named Felis the Cat. (not “Felix”)

    He was quoted as saying, “There were already thirty-three animals in the sky; I added a thirty-fourth, the cat.”

    Felis the Cat was soon broadly recognized, appearing in the highly-acclaimed Uranographia Sive Astrorum Descriptio star atlas of 1801 in the drawing shown below:

    felis the cat constellation

    Felis the Cat Constellation: circa 1801

    A devoted cat-servant, Lalande added, “I love cats very much. I will have this picture engraved on the star map.”

    His Felis the Cat constellation was recognized for decades afterward, appearing in many notable star atlases of the 19th Century.

    felis domestic cat constellation

    Felis the Cat: 1822 Star Atlas

    The International Astronomical Union (IAU) Omits Felis the Cat

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    Nicolas Camille Flammarion

    In the early 20th Century, French astronomer Nicolas Camille Flammarion deemed Felis the Cat to be expendable, and along with a number of other significant constellations, Felis was omitted from the list of 88 constellations approved by the IAU in 1922.

    Other notable constellations omitted by the IAU:

    • Rangifer the Reindeer
    • Bufo the Toad
    • Hippocampus the Sea Horse
    • Limax the Slug
    • Manis the Pangolin

    The pretentious humans of the IAU did, however, include three domestic dogs in their approved group including Canis Major & Canis Minor. (Although cat-family member, Leo the lion, did make the final cut)

    The Curse of Felis the Cat?

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    After Felis, things go downhill

    Soon after this arrogant act, Nicolas Camille Flammarion would die (1924) and a bunch of terrible things would happen in human history including The Great Depression and World War II; all under a sky that didn’t include the protective constellation of Felis the Cat.

    A Glorious Return of the Felis the Cat?

    Honorable Leader Chairman Meow promises that when cats rule the world under his brilliant leadership, the constellation of Felis the Cat will once again be added to every history book and star atlas.

    In fact, Chairman Meow will greatly enhance and enlarge the former position of Felis, and all but 9 stars visible in the Northern Hemisphere will be part of this new, kitty super-constellation. (The remaining 9 or so stars will comprise the constellation of a salmon, which Felis will be eating.)

    In an image developed by Chairman Meow’s Ministry of Science, the new cat constellation will look something like this:

    felis cat constellation new


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