Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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m. takhallus

Oh yeah? Well my cat can pee and poop right on easy chairs.

Okay, yours is better.


You have just made my day, amba. I wish we could teach our cows to do that!!!

What a beautiful boy he is.


What, they don't flush? How rude!


Genuine feline peeline...


Just like a mother: Dito looks as though he's gained weight--or is he just literally puffed up? He IS both brilliant and beautiful! (my grandson!?)

Ruth Anne

No job is over until the paperwork's through.

Good job, Cat!

Sissy Willis

Who but amba can turn bathroom talk into poetry?


Amba, I'll be the lone dissenter: This is gross.


Maybe it's rude to talk about it, Nappy -- but it sure saves a lot of kitty litter.


Oh yes. Not to mention the smell.

I still don't know how they're able to do this.

Charlie (Colorado)

I have just read this in a very clear voice to Radar, Kaleo, and Ali'i.


This is totally cool!


As to the mechanics of the stunt, I assume that once some of the toilet paper was in the water, the cat pulled the paper across the near side of the seat to continue unrolling the toilet paper. Does that make sense? Wish I could just draw a picture. Brain too fried to write more.


OK, but how did he get it started?? If he pawed the roll, the paper would just go on the floor.

Sissy Willis

He could paw, then pick up the way cats do mice and other things. It would fall perhaps by chance on the seat, and then things would cascade from there. :-)


Sissy, it was done identically twice, and never any other way. Odds much greater than chance!


Claws or no claws? A cat with claws could easily snag a bit of the end of the roll and pull it over to the toilet. Taking it off of claw and getting the TP into the water is a bit trickier. Call Sheldrake!!


Oh, claws.

Anyone who allows this kind of thing, you can be fairly sure, also buys tough or cheap furniture, preferring intact predatory beauty to unblemished interior decor.

Charlie (Colorado)

I will say that the other day Radar unrolled about a half-roll. I tore it off and spoke to him somewhat harshly about it.

Then next time I had a fresh roll, I came home to find it unrolled about half way --- and rolled back up. Not very neatly, but rolled back up.

I'm convinced they speak English perfectly well and just don't like to let on.


Buzzy's technique isn't fail-safe, and what I found this morning fell under "a poor worker blames his tools."

The toilet paper had unrolled onto the floor this tiime, and the roll had been . . . punished. Unfortunately I hadn't had my coffee yet and ruined the oppotunity to document this second phase of the installation by picking up the toilet paper off the floor.

Next time I'll catch it and update the post.


Wow Dito, you are one very smart kitty, figuring out how to use the human litter box. I'm impressed!

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