Above is a clip from Animal Planet's Cats 101 that I caught this weekend. The segment was on Persians, but in this case the humans stole the show. The woman above shaves Persians and then spins their hair into yarn (!) with which she then makes handbags (!!!). This is awesome enough as a concept and as a way to ensure the passage into eccentric old-ladyhood, but the shit that's said in this scene is priceless. It's on par with King of Kong as far as the Christopher Guest-esque seriousness in the face of absurd circumstance goes. It's like a reflexive mockumentary. If I didn't see it with my own eyes and burn it with my own hands, I'd swear this was a joke. Just a few of my favorite lines from a jam-packed two-and-a-half minutes:
"When a Persian comes in the door, that's when my heart skips a beat."
"It seems like there's something you should be able to make out of [cat hair]!"
"She had no words to express how she felt about it. She was in tears over it." (on a Persian owner being presented with a bag made from her cat's hair -- I can't help if those tears were from laughter?)
"This bag means the world to me because once the time comes to have Charlie put to sleep, I will always have a little piece of him left behind."
I love that the last woman is just certain that she's going to get her cat put to sleep. She's almost excited about it. I think she's probably gunning for a hat to match her bag.