Cats! – The Real Show
“Cats!” is the longest-running show on Broadway to date. The show romanticizes and shrouds in mystery the lives and habits of America’s most popular pet. Yet, even with the lively dancing and popular songs, “Cats!” doesn’t seem to capture the true-to-life behavior of our feline companions.
Below is a list of what “Cats!” would have to do more accurately to portray the true essence of cats.
- Audience members would enter the auditorium only to find their seats had been clawed and covered with fur.
- The antagonist in the show would be a giant vacuum cleaner.
- Sometimes the cast would perform, but sometimes not — depending on their mood.
- Performers would leap off the stage and run up the aisles at the recorded sound of a can opener in the lobby.
- When certain audience members opened their playbills, a cast member would attempt to lie down on it.
- In the middle of a performance various cast members would curl up and go to sleep, even in the middle of a song.
- For no apparent reason, cast members would randomly run to the lobby, and then back to the stage at top speed. They would then continue as if nothing had happened.
- A special audience member would find a headless bird in his/her seat after the intermission.
- Snack bar employees would constantly be reprimanding cast members for walking on the counter.
- Open the stall door and guess who is drinking from the toilet.
- Part of the performance would include the cast climbing and shredding the theater curtains.
- The stage would be stained from someone coughing up a hairball.
- Performers would find sand in the lobby ashtrays and — well, we don’t have to draw a picture here, do we?
- The show would need to be stopped several times to allow cast members to “bathe” themselves.
- Most of the final act would consist of the cast just staring at the audience.
- The big finale would feature a giant ball of yarn, feathers on a pole, and stray strands of dental floss.
- Theater patrons waiting outside the stage door after performances would get their legs rubbed, if they were lucky.
- Cast members would never cash their paychecks, just play with them.
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Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2016 June 22
Cirrus over Paris
Image Credit & Copyright: Bertrand KulikExplanation: What’s that over Paris? Cirrus. Typically, cirrus clouds appear white or gray when reflecting sunlight, can appear dark at sunset (or sunrise) against a better lit sky. Cirrus are among the highest types of clouds and are usually thin enough to see stars through. Cirrus clouds may form from moisture released above storm clouds and so may herald the arrival of a significant change in weather. Conversely, cirrus clouds have also been seen on Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Titan,Uranus, and Neptune. The featured image was taken two days ago from a window in District 15, Paris, France, Earth. The brightly lit object on the lower right is, of course, the Eiffel Tower.
After sunup, look for the daytime moon
Beginning around now – around the morning of June 23, 2016 – watch for the daytime moon. No matter where you are on Earth, look generally westward after sunrise in the next few mornings to see the moon in a clear blue daytime sky.
Why can you see the moon in the daytime now? The full moon took place on June 20. That means the moon is now in a waning gibbous phase, rising after nightfall and setting in a westward direction after sunrise. This upcoming week, you can see the daytime moon in the morning sky. If you look for the moon at the same time every morning, you’ll see the moon climbing higher and higher up into the sky each day all week long.
By June 27, the moon will be at the last quarter phase – rising around midnight and southward around dawn. By August 2, the moon will be new – located on a line with the Earth and sun – crossing the sky with the sun and so not visible in our sky.
People love to see the daytime moon. They wonder about it, and ask about it. Once, a reader in Kansas City wrote in with the name “children’s moon” to describe a moon visible during the day. She said this name stemmed from the idea that children can’t stay up at night late enough to see the moon when it appears only in darkness
That story prompted another reader to send in an alternate version for the origin of the name children’s moon. She wrote:
I heard a daytime moon was called a ‘children’s moon’ because their eyes were sharp enough to pick it out, where the old folks, with fading vision, could not tell it from the clouds.
Can you see the daytime moon in the next few mornings?
Bottom line: In the days after every full moon, the moon appears in the west after sunrise, in a blue sky. Watch for it.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. “Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers,” she says.
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The Wisdom of Buddha
Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
Consult the Psychic Eight Ball Oracle
How will the rest of our day be?
Perhaps we are shaking the crazy ball to much, hmm!
Your Charm for Today
A would be intruder into your private affairs will be averted by steps you take to protect this aspect. The book of charms indicates you should take extra steps to protect information and beware of anyone asking for personal data.
The Batak, or Bark Book of Charms, is a magical ritual implicitly believed in by the natives of Sumatra. It is consulted as a reliable guide and counselor in their private and important affairs. In the East Indian Archipelago superstition talismans, and amulets, play a most important part in the lives of the natives. Sickness is attributed to the patient being possessed of an evil spirit, and their witch doctors profess to expel the intruder by the means of charms. Often the names of the sufferers are changed in order to deceive the evil spirits.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
As in the game of chess, where the towers stand guard at the corners of the battlefield, The Tower represents a defense and stronghold, perhaps at the edge of life, of change, of sanity. The tower rises out of solid bedrock and is a place to take refuge, to recoup, to meditate upon the next step. United as it is with solid earth, it also rises into the heavens, and it is there the answers appear to us, when we have climbed above daily worldly matters into a higher consciousness. When the Tower appears, seek solitude and cultivate inner strength, prepare for coming challenges.
Your Daily Influences for Today
Queen of Coins
Feminine qualities take the forefront. In tune with the earth. Nurturing. Wealth and security. Talents put to good use.
Capricorn reversed signifies impracticality and a lack of ambition.
Earth is the card of everyday life. Earth makes riches of all kinds available to those who are in tune with her.
The Daily Witches Rune
The Crossed Spears
Meaning: The presence of the spear signifies arguments, negative events, and all manner of strife of an upsetting nature. However similar to the ‘Tower’ tarot card if next to a positive rune it could mean the end of an argument or quarrel. If with the rings it means the healing or renewal of a relationship. If there are military connections it could mean promotion. If illness is within the equation it means a speedy and successful recovery.