Why cats get into boxes: a fable

Many years ago, as you will know, cats lived in the desert lands of Araby.

There was a great magician there then who used to make magic carpets. One day, he tired of making magic carpets and decided to make a magic box. When he had finished, he placed his favourite cat in the box, said the appropriate words, and the cat flew directly to Baghdad, where his beauty and rarity made him the toast of the city.

The cat spent the rest of his long life feeding on delicacies and living in great luxury. He didn’t have to beg for food from his master, which all cats still find shameful, nor did he have to “earn his keep” by catching mice.

Since then, every cat has known that any box could be another magic box. So they test every box to make sure.

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