Retro Kit-Cat Klocks Are Getting an 'Exotic' Makeover

Kit-Cat Klock
Kit-Cat Klock

In the middle of The Great Depression, inventor Earl Arnault decided that the country needed was a fun little pick-me-up. He had hoped his Kit-Cat Klock—a cat-shaped clock with moving eyes, a wagging tail, and a pleasant smile—could create some small moments of happiness during troubled times. Now, 86 years after the first Kit-Cat Klock was sold by the Allied Clock Company, the Art Deco-style timepieces are bringing joy to a new generation.

Aside from the bow tie and top paws (at the 10 and 2 markers) being added in the 1950s, Kit-Cat’s appearance hasn’t changed much over the years. She just gets a refreshed wardrobe every now and then. The California Clock Company (formerly Allied Clock) continues to dress Kit-Cat in new yet vintage-inspired patterns, and their latest Exotic Pet Collection includes tiger stripes, camouflage, leopard spots, a giraffe print, and other playful designs.

“Each clock is made in California and one-of-a-kind,” the company explains on its website. “To get their wild new look, the clocks are then dipped in premium hydrographic patterns in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, ensuring no two clocks will ever be the same.”

For each Exotic Pet Collection purchase, customers can go online and download a certificate to “adopt” their Kit-Cat Klock. They’ll receive a lifetime membership card (valued at $10) and they can also choose a charity to benefit from their purchase. The company donates at least $1 to organizations like Big Cat Rescue and The Humane Society with each clock sold.

Although it might seem as if the clocks are making somewhat of a comeback, the truth is that they never really went away. According to the company, someone buys a Kit-Cat Klock once every three minutes. The novelty wall decorations have appeared in several movies, television series, and music videos, including the beginning of Back to the Future and Taylor Swift’s music video for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Philadelphia Is Now Home to a Yarn Vending Machine

Emani Outterbridge with her yarn vending machine in Philadelphia.
Emani Outterbridge with her yarn vending machine in Philadelphia.
Emani Outterbridge

When 24-year-old Emani Outterbridge was stuck at home with a broken foot this past spring, she got to thinking of new ways to bring her self-made designer yarn to DIYers around Philadelphia. What she landed on was the idea of a yarn-dispensing vending machine, which she floated to her followers on social media.

They responded enthusiastically, and after a whirlwind fundraising campaign, Outterbridge ordered three machines, ready to be stocked with rows of brightly colored skeins. Earlier this month, the first one made its society debut at Elements of Grooming, a Philadelphia barber shop owned by a friend of Outterbridge’s. Soon, curious customers flooded the shop, and Outterbridge (who was on a business trip to Miami at the time) received excited updates from the owner. With the first vending machine already a proven success, she’s now looking to place the remaining two at other local businesses before ordering more.

Outterbridge's vivid skeins in the vending machine.Emani Outterbridge

Outterbridge doesn’t just make designer yarn—she also crochets custom items for her fashion line under the name “Emani Milan.” She’s been crocheting since she was 12 years old, and launched her own online business at age 15 after finishing an entrepreneur course in high school. She’s even designed items for Cardi B, whom she credits with elevating her profile. Outterbridge tells Mental Floss that the best part about being a business owner is the freedom to be “completely committed to my own success.”

Part of that success comes from understanding the needs of her fellow crocheters (and knitters), which helped her come up with the innovative vending machines in the first place. “I was thinking … if I had something that’s accessible to me 24 hours, mid-project, if I need to stop and go get some yarn, a vending machine would be ideal,” she explains.

Since the first vending machine is currently housed inside the barber shop—and future ones will likely live indoors, too—Outterbridge is hoping to open her own brick-and-mortar store in order to give people round-the-clock access to yarn. “With the salons and the shops—they close," she says. “But if I had my own store, I can have it open 24/7, so that’s what I’m pushing for.”

A future crocheter checks out the goods.Emani Outterbridge

In the meantime, she’ll continue offering her vibrant yarn skeins and garments through her website. Though you might assume a career crocheter would look forward to making cozy sweaters and scarves for chilly weather, Outterbridge actually prefers the summer months, which allow for more “creative range”—items like swimsuits, coverups, skirts, and rompers.

While you’re waiting for a yarn vending machine to land in your neighborhood, you can follow Outterbridge on Instagram and check out her products here.