If the Internet is any gauge, the world loves cats. From memes to videos, from Facebook to YouTube, it seems like they're everywhere. But how much do you really know about cats? Here are some lesser-known facts that you'll certainly find interesting.
如果網路是任何衡量標準，這世界愛死貓了。從網路爆紅事物到影片、從 Facebook 到 YouTube，貓似乎無所不在。不過你究竟多了解貓呢？這裡是一些你一定會覺得有趣的冷門貓真相。
Prior to the 1750s, there were no cats in the Americas. They were brought from Europe as pest controllers in the 1750s. They're America's most popular pet. There are 88 million cats kept as pets compared to 74 million dogs. In fact, 30.4 percent of American households own a cat, and 84 percent of those cats are spayed or neutered. Sadly, there are 60 million feral cats living on the streets in the U.S.A. today.
1750 年代前，美洲並沒有貓。牠們是在 1750 年代時被當成老鼠終結者從歐洲帶入。牠們是美國最受歡迎的寵物。有八千八百萬隻寵物貓，相較之下只有七千四百萬隻寵物狗。 事實上，百分之三十點四的美國家庭擁有一隻貓，而那些貓有百分之八十四都割除卵巢或結紮了。很不幸，美國如今有六千萬隻野貓居住在街頭。
Fifty-five percent of all household cats in the U.S. are overweight, but only nine percent of their owners know that.
The most popular female name for a cat in the U.S. is Chloe, and the most popular name for a male cat is Max.
美國最受歡迎的母貓名字是 Chloe，最受歡迎的公貓名字是 Max。
Unbeknownst to most of us, the CIA spent 20 million dollars in the 1960s training cats to spy on the Soviets. The first spy cat was hit by a taxi. And some cats have even entered politics. Stubbs the Cat has been the honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for nearly 17 years.
我們大部分人都不知道，中情局在 1960 年代斥資兩千萬美金訓練貓監視蘇聯。首隻間諜貓被一輛計程車撞上。有些貓甚至進入政界。貓咪 Stubbs 擔任阿拉斯加塔爾基特納市的榮譽市長將近十七年。
Some cats have survived falls from over 32 stories onto concrete due largely to their "righting reflex." And cats have powerful night vision, allowing them to see at light level six times lower than what a human needs in order to see.
On average, cats live for around 12 to 15 years. And if you thought that you were tired, consider this: Cats sleep for 70 percent of their lives!
The oldest video of cats dates from 1894.
最舊的貓咪影片始於 1894 年。
The richest cat in the world is an Italian cat named Tommaso. In 2012, a 94-year-old Italian heiress passed away and left her entire 13-million-dollar fortune to her cat.
世界最富有的貓是一隻名叫 Tommaso 的義大利貓。2012 年，一名九十四歲的義大利女繼承人過世，將她一千三百萬的財產全留給她的貓。
Cats were known in ancient Egypt as Mau and were considered sacred in ancient Egyptian society. When cats died, ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn their deaths.
Only 11.5 percent of people consider themselves "cat people." Cat people are also 11 percent more likely to be introverted. Cat owners are 17 percent more likely to have a graduate degree.
Each night at Disneyland, after the park closes, the park fills up again—only this time, it's with hundreds of feral cats. The cats are let loose to help control the mouse population. So much for Mickey and Minnie!
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- 「在...之前」- Prior To
Prior to the 1750s, there were no cats in the Americas.
- 「事實上、實際上」- In Fact
In fact, 30.4 percent of American households own a cat, and 84 percent of those cats are spayed or neutered.
- 「監視、密切注視」- Spy On
Unbeknownst to most of us, the CIA spent 20 million dollars in the 1960s training cats to spy on the Soviets.
我們大部分人都不知道，中情局在 1960 年代斥資兩千萬美金訓練貓監視蘇聯。
- 「平均、通常」- On Average
On average, cats live for around 12 to 15 years.
- 「去世」- Pass Away
In 2012, a 94-year-old Italian heiress passed away and left her entire 13-million-dollar fortune to her cat.