P is for Cat's Paw
THERE is a fable called The Monkey and the Cat in which a monkey persuades a cat to use his paw to fish some chestnuts out of the fire. He promises the cat a share but eats them all himself and the cat burns his paw. So "a cat's paw" has come to mean a person who is tricked into becoming an accomplice. Rubbish fable, if you ask me. Firstly, a cat would never be fooled in this way and, secondly, cats don't eat chestnuts. QED.
Then there's the Cat's Paw Nebula (also known as the Bear Claw Nebula) which is situated in the constellation Scorpius. It was discovered by astronomer John Herschel in 1837, who observed it from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. I'd tell you more about the Cat's Paw Nebula if I knew what a nebula was. I Googled it but was no further forward after reading the explanation. Here's a picture and I can see the resemblance. It's far enough away (5,500 light years from Earth) to send the monkey to so he doesn't bother the cat.
There is also a tool called a Cat's Paw nail-puller. This would have been ideal for fighting off the monkey.
Then there's the Cat's Paw Mussel. If you spot a few, don't cook them in wine, cream and garlic but tell a scientist as they are nearing extinction - and don't feed them to either the monkey or the cat.
A more sinister Cat's Paw is an instrument of torture also known as the Spanish Tickler, which sounds kind of saucy but is in fact particularly gruesome. I'm too squeamish to go into any detail. If only the monkey had used this to get the chestnuts out of the fire.
Lastly, there's the Cat's Paw Wave which are shallow ripples on water caused by light winds that look a bit like paw prints. Don't put these on a fire unless you want to put it out.
I couldn't find any other definitions of Cat's Paw apart from the obvious.
A Cat's Paw: the object stuck on the end of a Cat's Leg and used to get his own way. See video below:
And finally, there was a comment about this YouTube video that made me laugh. It said: "Oh sure, I try to get random women to scratch my head and I get called a creep, but a cat does it and everyone says how cute it is."
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