Salem is perennially curious about the origins of shopworn shibboleths. Just the other day he was asking us if we knew how and why people so many people so readily assume cats love to play with balls of thread, twine, or yarn. He actually seemed a tad offended at the suggestion. We assured him we had no idea.

If you do, please let us know in the Comments box below. Salem will be happy to have the mystery solved.