Big thanks to A Few Good Cats for alerting me to this. . .
100 years ago a cat made aviation history through simply doing what cats do: that is, slinking past everybody's sight and hiding. On an airship. In a lifeboat.
Well, that wasn't exactly the momentous event. That happened when the yowling and howling became too much for the crew's nerves, prompting the first-ever in-flight radio message to ground personnel (Spoiler alert, kids, naughty language):
"Roy, come and get this goddamn cat!"
Introductory bit and photo on this from BoingBoing here. Be sure and read the posts below, because they are informative and funny. Bonus: a hysterical illustration by a BoingBoing fan. I think I have my new wallpaper.