I was thinking about McCain & Obama and how they drastically differ on diplomacy. The expression, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat” came to mind. I started thinking about the expression and started to think – that’s the weirdest expression I’ve ever heard. I’ve probably said it a number of times without ever thinking about it. So let’s search the net and see what we can find:
http://www.worldwidewords.org suggests that the expression dates back to 1889 when Mark Twain wrote “she was wise, subtle, and knew more than one way to skin a cat”, this was from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
That’s about it, no explanation as to why you’d skin a cat, why you would need multiple ways to skin it, and if cat skinning was ever a necessity of American life. I tried searching cat skinning in general to see if it was ever a cool thing to do, but didn’t get much information on that subject either. It’s just a weird saying that’s somehow stuck with us. I would love it if some of you readers offered some new ways to express that saying in the comments section.
I did manage to find a University of Cincinnati website dedicated to cat skinning and how it can properly be done. It turns out they buy them from pet shelters to help control pet population and then use the dead cats to teach anatomy. Here’s the link, but beware, it’s fairly graphic. By the way, I wonder what weird ads this entry will generate?
Back to McCain, he made a really funny mistake the other day, here’s the video, it’s hysterical:
Here’s a great cat video, it gets funnier each time I watch it: