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Newsflash: Extensive Glove Archive Uncovered

A RARE collection of rubber glove photos unearthed from a north Wales computer archive has stunned local cats.

More than 10 photos of sacrificial gloves, including a unique blue glove, were discovered as the short haired human searched around on his external hard drive for an unrelated photo of a building.

Hidden for months, the photos provide a unique insight into the rubber glove collecting habits of a local black cat in June and July 2011.

Experts said the discovery disproved the myth that Jessie failed to bring any gloves back to the house between April 2011 and January 2012.

Instead, they said it showed Jessie had collected a wide range of gloves, from left handed to right handed, clean to dirty, in singles and in pairs.

The short haired human said that he knew immediately that he had stumbled upon a rare find.

“It was easy to see it was something special but we weren’t able to confirm that until someone with more knowledge had a look,” he said.

“The trouble is that there simply isn’t another collection like this in the world. As far as we know, Jessie is unique.”

Silky, a local cat, said the discovery could alter perceptions of the era.

She said: “This collection gives us our first proper overview of Jessie’s activities around July last year.

“Its enormous size not only gives us insights into what kind of gloves were available at the time, but also the kind of places that Jessie felt like leaving them.”

with apologies to the Birmingham Mail

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12th February is St Margoldt’s Day. St Margoldt is the patron saint of household chores, motor oil and long-chain polymers. Here is what is known about St Margoldt’s life:

Margoldt of Scunthorpe (also known as Yellow Margoldt, probably as a result of jaundice) was born some time around 1220. He completed his studies at Grimsby and then returned to Scunthorpe where he became a hermit, living in a network of caves and tunnels underneath what is now Specsavers. Some sources list his death as being in 1285, others as 1295. Either way, he didn’t quite make the 14th century.

Miracles attributed to St Margoldt:
– A woman with dirty hands visits a well frequented by St Margoldt; she later finds that the stains have vanished
– After seeing St Margoldt in the street, a man waterproofs the hull of his small boat with tar. Despite making a right old mess and getting sticky black gunk in lots of places it shouldn’t be, his hands remain clean
– A washerwoman hears St Margoldt walk past her hut, whistling a tune. Later, despite having had her hands in water for over 2 hours, her finger ends are not in the slightest bit wrinkled
– A young child, playing in a muddy field, trips over one of St Margoldt’s sandals that came off as St Margoldt was returning to his cave after foraging for berries, and which he is now annoyed at having lost. When the young child stands up, he instinctively goes to wipe his hands on his smock, but notices to his astonishment that they are still dry

It is traditional on St Margoldt’s day to give a pair of rubber gloves to a loved one.

Glove 1
Orientation: Left hand
Cleanliness: 9
Integrity: 10
Eversion: 10 (100% right way round)

Glove 2
Orientation: Right hand
Cleanliness: 9
Integrity: 10
Eversion: 10 (100% right way round)

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From: Cat Scan Forensic Services <xxxx@xxx-xxxx.com>
Subject: Test results

Dear Ms The Cat,

Further to our recent correspondence, I am pleased to enclose test results from your submitted specimen, reference number C4T-0029855. I trust that this provides all the information that you require, however should you wish to discuss these results further, or require any clarification on matters arising, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We thank you once again for using our services and look forward to being of help in the future.

Mr Smudge

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Specimen reference: C4T-0029855b
Description: Glove, rubber
DNA trace: 3 previous handlers
Handler 1: Quality control operative Lu Gang Chen, human, south mainland China, 22 human years, black hair.
Handler 2: Unidentified female, human, north Wales, uncertain age, light hair.
Handler 3: Unidentified female, cat, north Wales, 9-10 human years, black hair.
Orientation: Left hand
Cleanliness: 5 (filthy fingers and palm area)
Integrity: 10 (fully intact)
Eversion: 9 (slight wrist-curl)
Colour: Yellow
Match with specimen reference #C4T-0029855a (‘The 27th January Glove’): Yes
Confidence: 99.3%

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Rubber glove #2

Rubber glove #2

It is possible – although by no means probable – that there exists, somewhere in the world, an ancient folk-saying that translates into English along the following lines:

A pair of gloves is two gloves
But two gloves aren’t necessarily a pair

It’s tempting to be cute and try to turn this into some kind of clever 4-line rhyme with line 1 establishing the set-up, the introduction of the word ‘beware’ as the final part of a new line 2 creating a pleasing rhyme with ‘pair’ in line 4; line 3 would be just filler, necessary to maintain the meter until we get to the payoff at the end. Tempting, but not tempting enough, so I won’t bother.

Anyway, here is the blog’s first multiple glove delivery. It consists of two gloves, but – and I can’t stress this enough – they are not a pair.

Glove #1
Slightly ragged folded glove with red oxide staining and partially ripped wrist.

Orientation: Left hand
Cleanliness: 7
Integrity: 9 (lower wrist seam partially torn)
Eversion: 10
Colour: Yellow

Glove #2
Good, solid example of a yellow rubber glove. Typical light to medium soiling around fingers and thumb. Bit of funny business going on around the wrist, but I put this down to naturally curling of the rubber rather than genuine artificial eversion. Very neatly triple-folded.

Orientation: Left hand
Cleanliness: 7 (light coverage with earthy soil)
Integrity: 10 (fully intact)
Eversion: 10 (right way around, no insides visible as presented)
Colour: Yellow

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Rubber glove

Today’s offering is a marvellous example of that most prized of species, the Yellow Rubber Glove. Its extremities are lightly dusted with earthy soil, and, in an exquisite tease, the wrist end has started to curl a bit, hinting at the smooth, velvety interior.

Orientation: Left hand
Cleanliness: 7
Integrity: 10
Eversion: 9
Colour: Yellow

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Rubber glove

The sheer physical and mental exertion of finding three gloves in two days means that this one had to be deposited just outside the front gate.

Orientation: Left hand
Cleanliness: 7
Integrity: 10
Eversion: 10
Colour: Yellow

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Rubber glove

The Glove Drought is over! We also need an extension to the scoring and classification system, because this one is PINK!

Orientation: Left hand
Cleanliness: 9 (very light clay/soil residue to front of wrist)
Integrity: 10 (fully intact)
Eversion: 10 (outside out, inside in)
Colour: Pink

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