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Meet Mocha Latte. She is our Senior VP of Content. She decided to sit in on my blogging this morning and as you can see, she takes her work very seriously. The pressure was on. Here’s to seriously hoping you guys enjoy today’s posts.

Mocha Latte, Senior VP of Content, Three C Blogger

Mocha Latte, Senior VP of Content, Three C Blogger

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The 25 weirdest things people brewed ‘coffee’ from during the Civil War

Coffee during the Civil War

Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Times were tough back in ye old times of the Civil War. Food was being rationed, hundreds of thousands of soldiers were dying, and coffee was a hot commodity that the Union army was guzzling faster than the Confederates and civilians could keep up with.

“Nobody can ‘soldier’ without coffee,” the New York Times wrote in an article about coffee’s importance in the Civil War. “Union troops made their coffee everywhere, and with everything: with water from canteens and puddles, brackish bays and Mississippi mud, liquid their horses would not drink.”

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DIY Anthropologie Inspired Elephant Wall Bust

Inspired by the pic of Anthropologie’s Plains Traveler Bust Elephant…

Borei Design created an elephant wall bust for $5 using primarily recycled materials and has shared her instructions and pattern for free.

Elephant Wall Bust DIY How To with pattern Borei Design

Borei Design Elephant Wall Bust

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How Smart is Your Cat?

Smarty Cat Three C Blogger

Smarty Cat

From Puria & Petco:

A cat in the UK made the news for riding the bus on his own. He gets on the same bus, and gets off at the same stop each time. Thus far, he has avoided paying a fare.

Now it’s time to see how smart your cat is! Try these fun feline intelligence tests. That is, if your cat is interested and wishes to participate!

Smart Cat Tests
Test 1: Hide-a-Treat
Place a treat on the floor and cover it with a can or small box, with your cat watching. What does your cat do?
A. Immediately turns the can over to get the treat.
B. Shows an interest in the can, but gives up trying to get the treat.
C. Looks at you with disdain.
D. Ignores the can.

Test 2: Block Me
Set up a barrier with two large heavy objects like boxes or buckets. Place the boxes corner to corner, or the buckets side-by-side, with a two-inch gap between. Place your cat on one side and a treat on the other, out of paw’s reach. What does your cat do?
A. Immediately walks around the barrier and takes the treat.
B. Tries to get the treat with a paw, then walks around to get it.
C. Paws at the treat, then gives up.
D. Begins grooming.

Test 3: Pull It
Tie a string or shoelace around a treat. Hide the treat under the couch, with your cat watching. Encourage your cat to pull the string. If she doesn’t understand, show her how to do it, then put the treat back. What does your cat do?
A. Pulls at the string, snags the treat.
B. Pulls at the string after you’ve shown her a time or two.
C. Takes a while, but eventually figures it out.
D. Meows until you pull it out for her.

Get Your Cat’s Grade
All As – You have a very smart cat who is able to quickly assess a situation and figure out how to get her reward.
More Bs than As – She has to do a bit more thinking, but she’s smart.
Mostly Cs and Ds – Don’t fret—your cat is no dummy, she just didn’t do well on the test. And maybe she didn’t want to!

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4 simple ways to tell if your coffee beans are freshly roasted

How to tell if coffee beans are freshly roasted.

Unfortunately, like most products of living organisms, coffee beans are highly susceptible to aging. The moment a roasted coffee bean is exposed to air, it immediately begins to degrade and lose its tasty flavor. This is why many roasters — but not necessarily all — suggest that you brew your coffee beans as soon as possible after roasting so that you can get the freshest, most delicious drink.

But how do you know if your store-bought beans were recently roasted? Here are four ways to find out.

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Police Use Cat To Coax Car Theft Suspect Down From San Francisco Building Ledge

Cat BeggingIt would work for me! 🙂

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Police lured a suspect who ran from a CHP traffic stop and threatened to jump from a building in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood down from a ledge with a little help from a feline….His family brought his cat to the scene, which reportedly helped to calm the man down.

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