“Am I getting double airmiles for this?”

I’m coming late to this one, but I have to say — I was totally charmed by the story of Emily the cat, who wound up in France after climbing into a shipping container in Chicago and taking an accidental three-week trip to Belgium. Workers there found her, read her tags, and contacted the owners. Apparently Emily was a pretty huge celebrity in France, such that Continental Airlines heard about it and offered the cat a business-class seat back to the USA. At the inevitably heartwarming press conference, the owners told the Washington Post

“She seems a little calmer than she was before, just a little quieter, a little, maybe, wiser,” said Lesley McElhiney, 32.

Well, I’d be calmer too if I’d just pulled a Rivers Cuomo and spent 21 days locked in a box. But enough sarcasm: This whole post exists purely for the purpose of running that most excellent photo of Emily checking out the view!

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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