February 8, 1802

On February 8, 1802, American clock inventor, Simon Willard, patented the ‘Banjo Clock’. When his family, friends, and close neighbors and their cats learned about it, they eagerly lined up at his house and took turns bitch-slapping him. When he was finally able to explain to them that his clock only ‘resembled’ a banjo, they stopped. The cats were unwilling to concede the point until he showed everyone his prototype, and they could see for themselves that is was well and truly just a clock. They all laughed at their misunderstanding and went home. Except for the cats. Over the rest of his life, the cats took turns sneaking into his house and throwing up in his shoes. Why? Because they’re cats.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to February 8, 1802

  1. The Secret Council of Cats says:

    WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE

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