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Fri Jan 29, 2016, 12:41 AM

The reason why some cats look like Adolf Hitler

The causes of the seemingly random colouring of black and white cats has long been a mystery - especially the internet's infamous "Hitler cats". But new scientific research has suggested their unique fur patterns are determined by a faulty gene.

A cat's two-tone or "piebald" fur colour forms when pigment cells fail to follow genetic instructions when they are in the womb, according to the results of a study by researchers at the Universities of Bath and Edinburgh. If there are too few cells to populate the whole of the cat's skin, the result is white patches.

Cats which are largely coloured black but have white faces and chests are sometimes described as "tuxedo cats". Some unfortunate felines have also been named "Hitler cats" or "kitlers" due to markings under their nose which resemble the German dictator's pencil moustache.

It is hoped the research could enhance human understanding of serious medical conditions such as holes in the heart, which are also caused by problems with cell movements in the womb.

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Reply The reason why some cats look like Adolf Hitler (Original post)
rpannier Jan 2016 OP
rusty quoin Jan 2016 #1
SheilaT Jan 2016 #2
rusty quoin Jan 2016 #3
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2016 #4
SheilaT Jan 2016 #5
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2016 #6
SheilaT Jan 2016 #7
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2016 #8
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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 12:50 AM

1. I don't believe the science for a moment.

I think these cats want to take over the world.

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Response to rusty quoin (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 12:56 AM

2. Not just the kitlers.

 

All cats. They are very, very patient.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 01:02 AM

3. Ha ha...true...true.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 01:11 AM

5. Interesting point made in that video.

 

But it's possible at least some of the cats will simply murder the parrots -- that one may deserve just to be silenced -- and then, the cats take over!

However, since I don't condone any sort of murder perhaps a version of the two-state solution is possible: All the parrots to to Greenland, say, or Maine and Florida, and the cats have everything else.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 01:12 AM

6. Trust me, Cats and parrots have a lot in common

 

I am a well trained human.



Just like cat owners are well trained humans.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 01:16 AM

7. Do you think maybe cats and parrots will join forces?

 

They could totally take over everything if they did that.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 01:25 AM

8. Yup, quite possible

 

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 03:07 AM

9. Then there's this...

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