Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Cat and the Cornflakes

I didn't realise my cat Muhammad was awake as I scanned though the news items on the BBC website whilst eating my breakfast today. He was curled up on my lap, having just come in from his early-morning constitutional. He does, however, like to keep up with important world events, so he must have had one eye open. Then I clicked the link to this story. Have you ever heard a cat laugh out loud? Nearly made me choke on my cornflakes.

"What's the matter?" I asked, milk dribbling down my chin.

"You humans," he said, "are the funniest creatures."

"Why do you say that?"

"Marrying two monkeys in a Hindu ceremony!" Exclaimed Muhammad.

"What's wrong with that? - Perfectly reasonable."

"Well, everyone knows monkeys are Buddhists!" Replied Muhammad, giving me a sly look.

"Are they?" I asked.

Muhammad rolled over, giggling. For some reason, I sensed he was teasing me.

"You're having me on." I said.

Muhammad let out an exasperated sigh. "You humans," he said, "will never make anything of yourselves while you behave like this."

"You mean, marrying two monkeys is silly?"

Muhammad licked his tail thoughtfully. "Well," he said, "I suppose there could be some business in it for you." He purred.

My eyes lit up. "You're right." I said. "When they divorce!"

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