the Russian view of hobbyists

The title says it all. Found here

“normal, cheerful John” found here

It is known about John Travolta that before he has become a collector, he was a normal, cheerful lad that did all with appetite: ate, rescued and loved his wife Kelly Preston. But once upon a time Travolta has bought a plane – a small storm trooper, which initiated the hasty disease.

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Travolta liked the new toy so much, that he has decided to collect the flying machines. The storm trooper was followed by the reactive “Golfstrim”, then “Boing-707”, all in all now he possesses 7 planes! Imagine how much space this collection occupies!

Travolta’s jets found here

And how much money it costs? Last year Travolta ordered to install in each of the airsheds the extremely sensitive cameras and the security system, the central board of which is set into the back of his bed.

more unusual beds here

Robert De Niro’s collection is not so extravagant – it’s just the collection of hats. But, first, there are plenty of them – approximately 500.  Secondly, they are thrown about in disturbance all over the house.

hat found here

De Niro says that it is done deliberately – it’s easier for him to choose the cut, corresponding to his mood. De Niro’s collection is “active” – now and then he puts on one of his hats and wears it. But the most interesting fact is that all of his wives and girlfriends assure that when De Niro puts on one of his hats, his image transforms thoroughly.

Russians are also very fond of cats apparently. They have a museum devoted to the promotion of this love. 

GREAT! Our Museum’s cats were so glad to taste this unusual toy! Very funny for people and very interesting for cats. You can play with your cat and your cat play itself when you are not home (VERY IMPORTANT).

Two mean points:

Cat Dancer can be used as a wand to play with your cat. Just lead and they will chase, leap and run in circles.

Cat Dancer Compleat includes a soft mounting patch to affix Cat Dancer to a wall or other vertical surface so your cat can play when you are not home.


“Nordic Track for Cats” – New York Times

Irresistable (sic) exercise machine for fat cats” – The Milwaukee Journal

“…Spontaneous cat aerobics.” – London Daily Mail

“Two paws up!” – Whiskers and Sherbet

The best cat’s idea for lonely day” – MOSCOW CAT MUSEUM

image found here

They also have a “Woman and Cat” Beauty Contest. Elena from Moscow was a top contender but my vote goes to the goth girl with the baleful blackie.

image found here

If you have a feline friend of your own, enter his/her photo in the inaugural  Gimcrackery Cattery Competition. I’ll post a prize to the winner. I can’t guarantee it will have two mean points or deserve an accolade such as a “Nordic Track for Cats” but it could enliven the conversation at your next dinner party…..

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  1. I can’t remember the name of the character that Robert De Niro is playing in that photo from Cape Fear but he’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen in a film.

    • Robert Mitchum was pretty scary in the original version too

      • Mitchum makes me go all gooey inside. 🙂

      • Robert Mitchum could have put his shoes under my bed anytime! I loved his response to the journalist who asked him: what makes a woman good in bed?
        RM: proximity!

      • I’ll have to watch that one too, it will be interesting to see how it’s handled in the earlier version when so much had to be implicit rather than explicit.

    • Max Cady.

  2. I blinked when I saw the pic of Mr. Travolta astride his plane. Then I put on my glasses…

    • Do you still think it’s a plane?

      • No.But I’ve made an optometrist appointment.;-)

  3. Hmm…a cat contest? We might be interested in that.
    Geiger and Sporran

    • Goody…. send a photo to me

  4. Rrrrrow, that is a lovely photo of Gothie and Blackie. I love enthusiastic yet dodgily written translations. Is there a deadline for the Beuatiful Cat and Cat’s Carent competition?

    • Yeah… let’s say Monday

  5. Yes, John Travolta was much better when he was a normal, cheerful lad that did all with appetite…

    • Judging by his current poundage there’s nothing much wrong with his appetite now

  6. I can’t really tell if that bed looks comfortable

    • I think it looks amazingly so.

  7. I am thinking the Nurse is just wanting to become the collector of the cat photographs, without the buying of the camera. The nurse cannot be conning the ZMKC with her newly discovered Moscow mafia tricks.

  8. I can’t imagine having or wanting to spend so much money on stuff like that, but hey, it’s their bank account, so… if the only cure for Travolta’s ‘Fever’ is a new fleet-o-jets then I say rock that G6 Tony Manero…

    • It’s beyond my ken also SIG

  9. What, not one pussy comment yet? I can’t believe it. Off to take pics of my Mogwa and Jingle.

    • You’ve got until Monday to send them in

      • Problem is pinning them down into a winsome pose … Do I have to be in the pic wearing a corset?

      • No if course not 🙂

  10. I am now saving my money so I too can buy a Boing 707- it sounds fun. I like that goth girl, but Yulia & Pushok are pretty hot as well- no easy task for those judges.

    • Perhaps we can go halves in a Boing

  11. No cats here I’m afraid … and I refuse to make a pussy comment!!!

    • How about a photo of Gertrude?

  12. Yay! A contest! what about a dog dressed in cat clothing? oh, wait… i DO have a cat… now, where did i put Huey Newton?

    • Photo please daisyfae…..

  13. Can’t believe I missed The Moscow Cat Museum on my trip there last year. I’m gutted

    • I felt the same way when I came back from Philadelphia and found out about the Mutter 😦

  14. I want to send a picture of my pussy but i can’t until i get home, how long do i have? said pussy’s name is Louis Garcia Shinoba Diego Rivera Marquez or you can just call him Louie.

    • Will you be home by Monday?

  15. Does the cat have to be posed with a person?

    • Nope – cat alone or cat and dog together in your case will be just fine

  16. I didn’t know that Russian girls had such hairy pussies.

  17. There’s quite a lot not-quite-right about Mr Travolta – I didn’t know about the planes though

  18. i’ve certainly missed your lovely stories!!!

  19. Love the hat!!! I have heard that Johnny Depp also has a hat collection.

  20. OMG, I freaking love the stuff you find online. People never cease to amaze me.

    So does this mean it’s actually cool to be the crazy cat lady if you live in Russia?

    • Generally speaking, most crazy cat ladies have some element of cool

      • … and most cool cats have some element of crazy. =)

  21. ah those ruskies, so kooky!

  22. Have been trying to pin my pussy down, sport but to no avail!

    The quest continues.

  23. CATS! Just had to get that off my chest.

    My friend Dennis has a collection of about 1,500 baseball hats that he keeps in plastic storage bins. He wears one each day, in the order that he found or was given them. The cycle comes around again every 4 years or so.

  24. John flies his smaller planes into our airport periodically. They’re much quieter than Barbara Walter’s plane, which is a noisy bucket of bolts in desperate need of hush kits. But Barbara doesn’t give a shit about who she’s deafening.

    • She can’t hear properly now anyway thanks to Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Have you seen “The View”? It’s no wonder they’re not all deaf the way they shout over the top of each other.

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