@John in #new-zealand

From Wellington:

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My friend Liz says :

Hmm 🤔 what is this advertisement trying to say? I've been trying to work it out every morning when I walk past it to work. Ideas:

(a) free cat with every enlistment
(b) are you passionate about guns & 🐱🐱? Join the army...
(c) a force for NZ... cats?

There's be a lot of wild speculation and research, but no answers yet.

@John in #new-zealand
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#military #war

@coffee in #new-zealand
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My interpretation: Protect what's dear to you back home.

The cat can also have a double meaning, which most testosterone-filled young men will only be too happy to joke about.

@CustomDesigned in #new-zealand
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New Zealand - the kinder, gentler army.

@ev
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I have had an idea for a sci-fi book that I haven't written called Cat War III.

The premise is cats already have the ability to control people telepathically using a nuerovirus produced and transferred via their litter box. But everything changes when a cat manages to convince a human to design an armored helmet that mounts on top of the human's dead which can hold and protect the cat. This is the secret weapon the cats' had been waiting for, because they can dig their claws in and get the humans to do whatever they want. Thus the cats create a new symbiotic race of human/cat hybrids that take over the world.

Us, as mere humans, are at a huge disadvantage and have to fight a losing war against the hybrids for a long time. Eventually several cat-eating countries band together to help the survivors... but will the cats win?

This could be what is going on New Zealand.

@ev
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*head (not dead). We obviously need mutable 'Perspective' messages, so I can write this book in real-time on ssb while y'all fix my spelling mistakes.

@cellular
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*head (not dead)

i was imagining the cat would take control of the body after the host died...

@nanomonkey
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Cat's aren't native to NZ, so the soldier is getting ready to eradicate it before it kills off more birds?

@joeyh in #new-zealand
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@ev didn't Heinlein already write that in The Puppet Masters?

@ev
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@cel That's a good idea. Let's kill the host and re-animate it with a cat brain.

@ev
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@joey hess I haven't the book, but it appears this story is an alien invader. Unless cats are alien invaders, I'm not sure it's exactly the same premise. But I do have a weird feeling that I've seen this plot before somewhere...

@joeyh
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The book calls them "slugs", which I also often call my shoulder-percher of a cat..

@ev
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Let's kill the host and re-animate it with a cat brain.

This also has the added benefit that there is no 'wake up for a cat-infused dream' at the end. Everyone who fights for the cats is dead for real, making the whole war scary and real.

@bob
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@nanomonkey......it's Gareth???

@dominic in #new-zealand
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I saw a another version of this advertisement where they are holding a Poi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi_(performance_art)

@John in #new-zealand
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here's the reply from the NZ Army

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@John in #new-zealand
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context - the name of the person who asked that question is Ally, I think it's just a funny coincidence for this conversation