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12 Lucky Products to Show Your Love for Black Cats

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Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day! These dark-furred felines sometimes get a bad rap for their unlucky reputation, but we think they're awesome. Here are a few black cat-themed products to show you think so, too.

1. STOCKINGS; $3

Why settle for regular pantyhose when you can have adorable stockings that give the illusion that you’re wearing cat shaped knee-high socks?

Find it: Amazon

2. SOCKS; $8

For something a little more subtle, here are some ankle-length socks that feature a cat’s face on the side.

Find it: Amazon

3. EARRED RING; $58

This black-plated metal ring by Kate Spade is covered with glass stones and adorned with two pointy cat ears. There's also a bracelet.

Find it: Amazon

4. GOOGLY EYED CAT IPHONE CASE; $9

This rubber case features a number of cartoon cats, all with moving googly eyes. The PC and TPU fusion material is perfect for keeping your iPhone6/s from harm, plus it's just downright adorable. Need one for an older phone? You can find it at Amazon.

Find it: Claire's

5. KEY HOOK; $13

Never lose your keys again with this rack, which has five metal hooks and two cats lounging on top.

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6. MEASURING SPOONS; $21

Cats don’t make good sous chefs—you'll end up with fur in your food—so these silicone and metal measuring spoons are the only kitties you'll want in the kitchen.

Find it: Amazon

7. PICTURE CLIPS; $10

Show off all your cute cat pictures at work or at home with this picture hanging kit. Each of the eight paperclips along the 36-inch cord is topped with a little black cat.

Find it: Amazon

8. MUG; $7

Coffee (or maybe a bit of milk) will taste so much better when you’re drinking from a cat-shaped mug. This black ceramic mug holds 350 milliliters of any liquid you’d like—we just can’t promise your cat won’t dip its paw in when you’re not looking.

Find it: Amazon

9. WINE STOPPER; $10

This wine stopper from Fred & Friends makes it look as though a black cat is inspecting the inside of your wine bottle. Made with food-safe silicone, it’s the perfect addition to any cat-themed wine parties. (These drink markers will help too. And don't forget wine for the cats!)

Find it: Amazon

10. TWITCHY CAT TAIL; $35

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a tail? Wonder no more: This battery-operated appendage, brought to you by ThinkGeek, clips to your waistband and swishes and twitches just like the real thing.

Find it: ThinkGeek

11. BOOKMARKS; $7

Write down thoughts or keep your place with these adorable paper sticky notes. The colored tabs are all topped with tiny black cats, which will look adorable sitting on top of your book or important file.

Find it: Amazon

12. SMARTPHONE STAND; $16

Keep your phone upright and secure with this helpful kitty. The polyresin cat is in stretched position, with a groove in its back that holds an iPhone or Android.

Find it: Amazon

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25 Shelter Dogs Who Made It Big
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If you’ve been thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your brood and are deciding whether a shelter dog is right for you, consider this: Some of history’s most amazing pooches—from four-legged movie stars to heroic rescue dogs—were found in animal shelters. In honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, here are 25 shelter dogs who made it big.

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This High-Tech Material Can Change Shape Like an Octopus
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Octopuses can do some pretty amazing things with their skin, like “see” light, resist the pull of their own sticky suction cups, and blend in seamlessly with their surroundings. That last part now has the U.S. Army interested, as Co.Design reports. The military branch’s research office has funded the development a new type of morphing material that works like an octopus’s dynamic skin.

The skin of an octopus is covered in small, muscular bumps called papillae that allow them to change textures in a fraction of a second. Using this mechanism, octopuses can mimic coral, rocks, and even other animals. The new government-funded research—conducted by scientists at Cornell University—produced a device that works using a similar principle.

“Technologies that use stretchable materials are increasingly important, yet we are unable to control how they stretch with much more sophistication than inflating balloons,” the scientists write in their study, recently published in the journal Science. “Nature, however, demonstrates remarkable control of stretchable surfaces.”

The membrane of the stretchy, silicone material lays flat most of the time, but when it’s inflated with air, it can morph to form almost any 3D shape. So far, the technology has been used to imitate rocks and plants.

You can see the synthetic skin transform from a two-dimensional pad to 3D models of objects in the video below:

It’s easy to see how this feature could be used in military gear. A soldier’s suit made from material like this could theoretically provide custom camouflage for any environment in an instant. Like a lot of military technology, it could also be useful in civilian life down the road. Co.Design writer Jesus Diaz brings up examples like buttons that appear on a car's dashboard only when you need them, or a mixing bowl that rises from the surface of the kitchen counter while you're cooking.

Even if we can mimic the camouflage capabilities of cephalopods, though, other impressive superpowers, like controlling thousands of powerful suction cups or squeezing through spaces the size of a cherry tomato, are still the sole domain of the octopus. For now.

[h/t Co.Design]

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