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Jun 20, 2008

Episode Nine: Peril in the Cupcake Swamp

Suddenly, the jungle grew still. The birds in the treetop canopy above us ceased their endless chattering and worriedly began to scan the distant horizon. "It's no use," I sighed, exhausted. "The surface is too smooth in every direction! There's nothing to grab hold of!"  It was then that Julietta began to thrash about in panic. "Don't struggle, Miss Greenaway!" shouted Professor Dawkins. "It will only cause the frosting to drag you down faster!"

But it was only the sudden rumbling of the ground that made her stop. We felt it again, then again -- a dull vibration coursing through the forest floor, clearer and closer with every step. The birds scattered into the skies in terror and the monkeys disappeared chattering into the trees. There was a rustling behind me and then we saw it -- the creature known by the natives as besta distorcido da selva: Fuzzy Beast of the Jungle.

Julietta screamed and struggled anew. "NO!" yelled Dawkins, but it was too late -- the monster had noticed us. It lowered its massive head, and it was then that I saw them: The whiskers. They were our only hope now. "Grab onto my shoulders!" I told the others. "We've got one ... last ... chance."

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The suspense is killing us, Laurie R!

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No comments yet? Sheesh. Brilliant description, NTMTOM.

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 06:14 PM

OMG a kitty and cupcakes... YAY!!!!

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 06:17 PM

Are those....TicTacs???

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 06:22 PM

I hope those are fishcakes and real whipped cream for the topping (and the cat is lactose tolerant)

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 06:33 PM

Bring one over here, Mr. Scrubby!

But stale teddy grahamas, ick. No wonder they were left behind.

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 06:33 PM

Omigod! I missed the first 8 episodes! Oh well....Lovin' the cupcakes and the kitty! [And the story too ^___^]

Annie J
 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 06:49 PM

OMG that was AWESOME! Hahahaha, "close one, boys"

And I loff the white kitty feets! Oh, feets....!

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 06:54 PM

My little guy, Mr. Scrubby, likes whipped buttercream and with his tapeworms and mice.


laurie ruettimann
 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 06:55 PM

Ummm, does anyone else think Meg has recently had some extra time on her hands? I'm not complaining, I've just noticed that the descriptions have been extra-long lately. It's fun, though.

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 06:57 PM

Brilliant commentary as usual NTMTOM *snort*

And Laurie, what a pretty kitty you have! Who doesn't like buttercream?!

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 06:59 PM

@ Blyhagd: Meg's not responsible for this or many of those recent long posts. Not That Mike The Other Mike has been given the CO privilege of being allowed to post images.

Just, FYI. =3

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 07:11 PM

I like Not that mike the other mike's really long comments, they make the pictures even cuter. I would have laughed at the picture by itself, but I never would have noticed the teddy grahams stuck in the cupcakes, unless there had been a story there. Nice job, Mike.

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 07:28 PM

Laurie, did Mr Scrubby get to eat an entore cupcake/ or did he juste taste test every one?
I LORVS your photo essay!!

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 07:41 PM

Those are the most gorgeous cupcakes I've ever seen! I think those are red-hots, not tic-tacs. Anyway, how would one now get them out of the pan? Shouldn't they be out of the pan before they are frosted? Or is the whole point just giving kitty something to lick? That's a lot of time coloring frosting for kitty; if I were going to give kitty that much frosting, kitty could just eat it straight from the can.

Biscuit Tin
 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 07:48 PM

Look, NTMTOM is good at what he does, I'm not going to deny that, I'm just being an idiot because I do the same sorts of things with CO pics and never imagined that such a skill could have gotten me a gig here.

But it's like stand-up comedy, whoever gets the joke onto TV first owns it forever, I guess. Now I'll have to find different pics to put on my own stupid blog.

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 08:12 PM

Be sure to check out Mr. Scrubby's blog! LOL!

I didn't know what to nom first, the cupcakes or Mr. McScrubbersons...

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 08:17 PM

@Berthaservant - your blog is NOT stupid; I think it's wonderful. I really enjoy it.

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 08:29 PM

ntmtom = <3. these stories are awesome. pllllz to keep it up!!

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 08:34 PM

BerthaS: I like your blog. Mike has been posting here since this blog started though. He could technically say YOU were copying HIM. So, anyhoo... Um... Get over it?

(the original) Mel
 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 08:58 PM

Scrubby is a supercute name! Scrubby!

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 09:39 PM

That is WAY too much frosting.

Way too much.

I'd still eat it, though.

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 10:06 PM

LOVE how the kitty didnt go to the closest cupcake, but went further back to pick out it's favorite.

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Dibs on the chocolate one with the teddy bear grahams!

::licks chocolate cupcake so kitteh doesn't want it::

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Things I love about these pictures.

Kitteh with nose right down in the frosting. Mr. Scrubby is like a sommelier, only with cupcakes.

Tiny bit of kitteh tongue licking up frostings.

Kitteh. Mr. Scrubby is one of the best names evar!

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 10:32 PM

The kitty looks so much like my new boy - only the nose is white and mine has an orange nose, and orange all the way along the neck.

Hmmmmm, I wonder if my Yiska likes cupcakes..

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 10:48 PM

For a second there I thought there were Tyelonol capsules in the frosting! Yea....I'm tired.

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 10:54 PM

I am unaware of NTMTOM's posts.

But if I did steal from him, then I've obviously got good taste. :-)

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 11:12 PM

Ooops, I meant "previous" posts....ah, I'm looking really idiotic here...I'm just gonna look at the pic of the cat in the boot for a while.

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 11:12 PM

Oh lord. I remember when I made a bunch of cupcakes (22 mini cupcakes and 12 large ones) and they were all frosted pretty and spring-time-ish and I got home the next day and found that the biggest cupcake was missing all of it's frosting.
And Delilah 'never jumps on the counter'...except for when there's vanilla frosting at stake.
And anything else that's tasty.

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 11:20 PM

Also, for a moment I thought this was my Samson (who is dead asleep next to me) and I was trying to figure out when I sent in a picture of him...

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Maybe it's just because I'm a DJ at a college radio station, but I think "Peril in the Cupcake Swamp" would make a killer band name!

 |  Jun 20, 2008 at 11:36 PM


And the mebbe tha one marked "L" in cursive for "Laverne"!

Y'all can have tha rest!!

Juniper Jupiter
 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 12:15 AM

Haha I would have eaten the stale bears anyway. Why are there no cupcakes on MY floor.

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 12:52 AM

Wait... I thought NTMTOM *just* got clearance to post a few days ago. *scratches head*

Two questions: 1) Did anyone else think those Teddy Grahams were Goldfish Crackers at first glance?

2) Where the heck is Theo? I can't remember the last time I saw a comment from him. Did he *gasp* go on vacation?

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 02:20 AM

cheesybird- well Theo did say he was going sailing with Lief Erickson, maybe it was "a three hour tour". Are there any 'desert isles' around wherever the heck he went?

Or maybe it is simply 'Theo ex machina' for a while.

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 03:59 AM

Hmmm....has anybody ever actually seen NTMTOM and Theo together, at the same time? Maybe they're the same person...I sense a conspiracy. Or maybe it's just lack of sleep.

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 05:16 AM

But just then as luck would have it, the monster moved on to the cup cake we had laced with red sleeping e wee able to drag ourselves out of the frosting. Just as we were congratulaing orselves on our escape, another crass in the undergrowth alerted us. No surely there could not be another of this foul species.

Hon Glad
 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 05:29 AM

Oh dear should have preveiwed. Its sleeping pills and a crash in the undergrowth.

Hon Glad
 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 05:32 AM

Cheesybird -- I think the confusion about NTMTOM "posting" for a long time is the classic confusion between "posting" and "commenting" -- Not That Mike has just recently started posting (wonderful posts, NTM!!!) but he's been *commenting* since CO began, with wonderful stories such as we see in his posts.

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 06:42 AM

Watch out for the D.O.U.S.es (donuts of unusual size)!

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 07:39 AM

Those are some righteous cupcakes.

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 08:31 AM

Those cupcakes are on acid. Word.

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 08:35 AM

LOL! Oh, I get it! The cupcakes were hoping to save themselves by clinging to the whiskers of the Fuzzy Beast of the Jungle.


 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 09:23 AM

My kitties once tried to taste my store bought gourmet cupcakes. :( I ate them anyway. Oh, don't ewww. You know you cat lovers have probably done the same.

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 09:40 AM

Om NOM NOM! Save some for me, kitteh!

My Benny would totally eat those. He has already eaten up so many baked goods, we started hiding things from him inside the microwave. Evidence: http://flickr.com/photos/dmby/830606817/in/set-72157600290447856/

Driver B
 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Chanpon: I stopped worrying long ago, as to the fact that my cats have licked my plate my knife fork the cheese the butter etc. I have a similar disregard for sell by dates on food.

Hon Glad
 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 10:23 AM

How odd. Usually cats are not interested in sweets, unless there is a high milk or cream component. I assume those cupcakes had buttercream frosting after all, not that nasty stuff made from shortening and powdered sugar.

But about the poster's cat who nommed up baked goods--did the kitteh actually eat the *baked goods* or just lick off some frosting?

BTW, I had an adorable cat named Gabby (she died in 2005 at age 19 [sob]) who loved stir fried vegetables AND saltines. Once when I was eating chicken soup, she jumped up next to me and begged for--something. I assumed she wanted the chicken from my soup, but noooo, what she wanted was my crackers. So I broke off bite-sized pieces, and the little booger ate up two whole saltine squares that way.

If you like to read funny animal stories, I tell some doozies--all true!--on my "Pet Tales" website: http://www.pettales.homestead.com/index.html You might, for example, enjoy reading about the time a black panther peed on me in the Barcelona zoo. Or about the kitten I had in 1970 who used to watch golf on TV--and then race round the back of the TV stand to look for the golf ball that had dropped into the cup on TV.

If you do visit my site, you might want to leave a message in my guestbook and let me know that you are from CO.

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 11:05 AM

"Didn't I tell you not to give Aunt Peggy that cake decorating kit for her birthday? It's going to be teal and magenta cupcackes all the time now."

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Fear not, my Darlings, Theo is on vacation, happily boating around. He'll be back after he returns the Captain Stubbing uniform to the dry cleaners ifyouknowwhatimeanandIthinkyoudo.

 |  Jun 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

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