iCatnip: Turn over your tablet to your cat
If you’ve had enough time to play with the tablet you got for the holidays, try turning the device over to your tech-savvy cat. Every cat app, no matter the maker, has something for felines to electronically track, stalk or hunt, such as mice, bugs or laser dots.
“Cats are attracted to things that move, and that is the ‘magic’ for most of the apps,” said Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. “The motion in most apps is jerky and quick.”
Examples: In “Paint for Cats,” the creatures chase a mouse and leave a trail of splattered paint where they have pawed, rubbed, jumped or made other marks with their movements. “Catzilla” is a monster crushing game. And “Pocket Pond” allows cats to follow fish or dragonflies with their paws.
Testing experts claim claws won’t hurt the screen. But nobody has tested for teeth.
You want plastic with that?
McDonald’s Corp. officials in Japan bowed deeply last week to apologize for a human tooth, plastic pieces and other objects found in the burger chain’s food, highlighting how consumers in Tokyo are both loving and hating the fast-food eatery.
In the recent cases, a child’s mouth was injured by a piece of plastic in an ice cream sundae in December. The fragment had fallen into the dispenser while being assembled, according to McDonald’s. In another case, a customer who bought a Big Mac set in August last year found a tooth in the fries. McDonald’s said none of its employees at the outlet or its suppliers had lost a tooth, and there were no signs the tooth had been fried. It was still investigating how the tooth and plastic got in the food.
Senior executive Takehiko Aoki called them “isolated” cases. He acknowledged there were other cases, including metal in a pancake and plastic in a McMuffin, but declined to give a tally of the incidents. He said it was possible that outsiders had planted the tooth and other items.
Where there is beer, there must be no Gandhi
A Connecticut brewery apologized to Indians offended that the company is using Mohandas Gandhi’s name and likeness on one of its beers.
New England Brewing Co. sells an India pale ale it calls Gandhi-Bot. The label features a cartoon image depicting a robot version of the late Indian leader, who favored prohibition.
“We apologize to any Indian people that find our Gandhi-Bot label offensive. Our intent is not to offend anyone but rather pay homage and celebrate a man who we respect greatly,” the Woodbridge-based company wrote last weekend on its Facebook page.
The brewery’s website promotes the Gandhi-Bot beer, which has been distributed about five years, as “fully vegetarian” and “an ideal aid for self-purification and the seeking of truth and love.”
Fly or drive? At least it beats walking
A new flight between the capitals of Austria and Slovakia may be the world’s shortest with less than 20 minutes in the air. But considering the ride to the airport and check-in time, it may be faster to take the bus.
The Vienna-Bratislava flight by Air Berlin subsidiary Niki launches April 1 and will cover less than 50 kilometers (30 miles). On Monday, state broadcaster ORF called it the shortest commercial route in the world.
But it’s a 15-minute drive to the airport from downtown Bratislava, and 20 minutes from Vienna. That and early arrival for check-in mean the intercity bus trip of about an hour should be quicker – and definitely a lot cheaper.
Niki officials say the flights make sense for those taking connecting flights from Vienna.