"Janus cat" = [self-evident], not in OED

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Oct 1 23:20:41 UTC 2011

You left out the part where he (or they) is (or are) also known as FrankenLouie.  For a look at the kitti(es) in all his/their glory, see the photo at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/two-faced-cat-celebrates-12th-birthday.html


On Oct 1, 2011, at 6:27 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> (A few other compounds are in the OED.)
> Sets a Guiness World Record -- and is a local phenomenon.
> Monday, September 26, 2011 [on-line; I do not know about any print appearance]
> "Two-faced cat earns Guinness world record" [headline]
> "WORCESTER   Frank and Louie is a cat who was
> born with two faces, so he has two names. Does that mean he has 18 lives?
> It almost seems so now that he has earned a spot
> as the longest lived Janus cat in the new edition
> of the Guinness World Records ... .
> The cat's owner, Marty Stevens of Worcester, has
> owned Frank and Louie since a local breeder
> brought him into Tufts Veterinary Clinic to be
> euthanized when he was a day old.
> Marty was a veterinary nurse at Tufts at the time
> and offered to take him home.
> The prognosis, however, was not good. Janus cats,
> named after the Roman god with two faces, are
> extremely rare and seldom live more than a few
> days after being born. Often they die within
> hours. But under Marty's dedicated care Frank and
> Louie flourished. He turned 12 years old on Sept. 8.
> Frank and Louie has two mouths, two noses and two
> normal eyes with one larger non-functioning eye in the center."
> [The second image shows the two faces, and has been reproduced widely.]
> No GBooks results -- they are almost all "... Janus (Cat[alog] ...".
> Wikipedia uses the phrase in its article "Diprosopus."
> Joel
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