Monday, July 25, 2011

Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back

Of course, you’ve hear the expression “curiosity killed the cat".  We know the expression to mean that sticking one’s nose where it doesn’t belong is most likely to be detrimental to one’s health.  Curiosity has long been considered bad-mannered and offensive. 

However, the original phrase was 'care killed the cat'. Care not being defined by it’s contemporary meaning but by care meaning worry or sorrow.  For example, in the Wizard of Oz when Professor Marvel was speaking to Dorothy while consulting the crystal ball he referred to Auntie Em as being careworn . . . "She's - she's wearing a-a-polka dot dress. Her face is careworn."

"Care killed the Cat. It is said that a cat has nine lives, but care would wear them all out."

At some point care turned into curiousity.   Perhaps the inception was when Shakespeare made reference to "care killed the cat" in his play, Much Ado About Nothing: "What, courage man! What though care killed a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care."

But why a cat?  Did it lick a light socket or crawl into a microwave? Why didn’t curiosity kill the dog, hamster or bunny?  Well,  we all know that cats are naturally very inquisitive and cautious animals. Potentially slinking about and being nosy could lead to their demise. 

Either that or . . . 


No-Bake Chewy Cookies and Cream Bars

One 16 oz package of Oreo
5 cups Large Marshmallows
4 tablespoons butter

Place Oreos in food processor and pulse until ground.  Melt marshmallows and butter in microwave until puffed, about 1 1/2- 2 minutes.  Remove and pour in ground Oreo Cookies.  Stir to combine then transfer to a foil lined 8×8 inch baking pan.  Let set up for 10 minutes.  Remove bars out of pan with edges of foil and cut into squares.

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