Nettie has informed me that ThinkGeek is selling Bonsai Kittens
. They're stuffed toys. Therefore, "No cats kittens or kittehs were harmed in the creation of this product." Still, it's seems to be like waving a red flag in PETA's face. They must figure that enough time has passed so that all the furor over bonsai kittens has calmed down.
In fact, ThinkGeek also seems to have acquired the bonsaikitten.com
domain name. I guess no one else wanted it. The last time I checked it had become a spam portal, with a few ads for cat food and pet medications on it. However, ThinkGeek aren't hosting the original site there. Instead the URL forwards you directly to ThinkGeek's product page for their bonsai kitten dolls.
I remember when the Bonsai Kitten site debuted back in 2000, and people were absolutely apoplectic about it. I posted a description of it here on the site
, pointing out that it was a hoax, and that was enough for me to start receiving quite a few email threats, from people describing how they were going to stuff me in a little glass jar to see how I would like it. They must have thought that I was somehow supporting the site rather than debunking it.
I may have to get a few of these dolls for old times sake.
The original bonsai kittens
Something weird is going on with the bonsaikitten.com URL. The link I posted here redirects people to ThinkGeek. But I posted the same link on twitter, and that directs people to a spam site. I don't know why.
I might recommend setting up a sister site if you want to post about silly stuff, and keep MoH for actual hoaxes.
That being said, ThinkGeek has had the kitteh plushies for a while - it's one of thier April Fool's items that got enough interest to be made into something real.
I clicked on the link above for the old site. The first time I clicked on it I got the spam site. The second and third times I clicked on it I got the thinkgeek site.
I have my DNS server set to Google's, so it's possible I hit a different server the first time. Maybe.
I shouldn't be surprised at the gullibility of so many people, but I am, and I continue to be. I don't see how anyone could think the banzai kitten Web site was real.
Sometimes an imitation IS better than the original.