100 Cats Who Changed Civilization: History's Most by Sam Stall

By Sam Stall

A hundred Cats Who Made a Difference

If you don't think that one cat has the facility to change civilization, then you've evidently by no means heard of Tibbles (p. 12), the cat who single-handedly burnt up a complete species. Or Ahmedabad (p. 61), a Siamese kitten who sparked riots all through Pakistan. Or Snowball (p. 14), the cat who helped to convict dozens of murderers and criminals. Or Felix (p. 155), the 1st cat to discover outer space.

These are only 4 of the a hundred Cats Who replaced Civilization, and this publication honors their extra-ordinary contributions to technology, heritage, paintings, executive, faith, and extra. You'll meet a cat who filed a lawsuit (p. sixty six) and a cat who used to be slapped with a restraining order (p. 75). You'll meet cats who've encouraged nice works of literature (p. ninety) and classical track (p. 102). You'll even meet a cat who telephoned the police to save lots of the lifetime of his proprietor (p. 162). those fantastically illustrated actual tales are a tribute to the intelligence, bravery, and loving nature of cats world wide.

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In fact, it was offered for sale as scrap. It was spared only because the French army found its height made it an excellent communications tower. But Gustav Eiffel’s 984-foot-high tribute to the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution welcomed its 200millionth visitor in 2002, and has become one of the most recognizable man-made landmarks in the world. Constructed as the main attraction of the 1889 International Exposition, the tower was also the impetus behind the main draw at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress had its own separate but unofficial tune: “Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrica” (“God Bless Africa”). Then, when apartheid finally ended, blacks and whites (and their anthems) were legally forced to coexist. That is, until 1995, when the pieces were melded to form the current national anthem in all its disjointed glory. Just how awkward is it? The anthem changes key in the middle and uses five different languages. Starting as “Nkosi,” the tune goes on to sample the more prevalent of South Africa’s many native languages.

Temudjin soon became known to the world as Genghis Khan, and his son Juchi began the conquest of Russia, possibly to get away from his brothers, who, according to Mongol sources, taunted him and called him a bastard. The kingdom he carved out was ultimately known as the Golden Horde, the longest lived of the Mongol successor states. BSJMZOXPVMEIBWF CFFOXIFO%FCCJFXBTCPSO _05:: Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) Everyone knows of Leonardo da Vinci, the Homo universalis who could be a painter, a naturalist, an engineer, a metallurgist, or a philosopher with equal ease.

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