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BritNews RoundUp: Stupid Cat Edition

As someone who has always preferred canines to felines, I was delighted to see that scientists have proven that dogs are smarter than cats. At least according to research done at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent. I have to confess, however, that I don't quite understand how the research was conducted--something involving biscuits and string--proving that cats may be smarter than this particular human.

I don't quite understand our next story either, but the headline caught my attention: "Scientists claim fish 'learn like humans.'" Researchers at St Andrews and Durham universities said the nine-spined stickleback can compare the behavior of other sticklebacks with their own experience and make a series of beneficial choices. I imagine the main beneficial choice is figuring out how to keep the nine stickles on your back nice and sharp.

Finally, these photos are designed simply to entertain. They're of vertigo-inducing trompe l'oeil pavement art along a canal in North London. Amazing. And miles better than the sidewalk chalk "art" that a scuzzy hippy used to do in Oxford when I was there. He'd set up on this pedestrian area known as Cornmarket and do rainbows and angels and unicorns and all sorts of corny stuff. It was all uniformly bad and he'd get all shirty if you didn't toss a few coins his way in admiration.

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By John Kelly  |  June 19, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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