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Cats vs. Dogs: The Results

Last week, I posted the ultimate test of which is better: cats or dogs.  I posed my cat Flit with a copy of Goblin Quest [Mysterious Galaxy | B&N | Amazon] and our new dog Casey with The Stepsister Scheme [Mysterious Galaxy | B&N | Amazon].

Well, the Bookscan results are in, and they’re a bit of a surprise.  Sales of Goblin Quest were exactly the same as in the previous week.  The cuteness that is Flit made absolutely no difference!  I’m thinking perhaps an alternate picture might have worked better.  (And no, that photo is not retouched in any way, except for the caption.)

So then I compared the numbers for Stepsister Scheme.  Comparing last week (with Casey) to the week before (no animals at all), I found that Casey’s photo led to a 10.5% decrease in sales.

There you have it.  Indisputable scientific proof that you people hate dogs!  What’s wrong with you?

For such heartless cruelty, I can think of no more suitable fate than to let you dog-haters suffer at the hands of LEGO Cthulhu — with lasers! This was built by Flickr user ((Primus)).  Click here or on the picture below for the full six-pic story.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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jimhines
Mar. 12th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
I don't accept this. The cuteness should have forced people to buy MORE books! As gifts, or backup copies, or whatever.

Nope, sorry. The ONLY possible explanation is pure, cruel dog-hate :-P

(Smart-assery aside, thank you -- I'm very grateful to everyone who's bought and hopefully enjoyed the books.)
controuble
Mar. 12th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Same here - already own them all.

On the other hand, best use of red-eye in a pic I've ever seen :)
jimhines
Mar. 12th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
I wish I had a clue how it happened. I'm assuming it was something to do with the flash reflecting off the Christmas tree apron there, but there's no way I could ever deliberately duplicate the angles and such...
(no subject) - controuble - Mar. 12th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
jhetley
Mar. 12th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
GIGO?
jimhines
Mar. 12th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
Are you implying my rigidly controlled, highly scientific study was garbage, sir?
(no subject) - jhetley - Mar. 12th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
tsubaki_ny
Mar. 12th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Cats purr, don't bark, and don't poop in the rain. Clearly superior. ;-)
jimhines
Mar. 12th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
Given that Casey has recently developed some anxiety-related housebreaking issues, I'm inclined to agree with you this morning.
(no subject) - tsubaki_ny - Mar. 12th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
xjenavivex
Mar. 12th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
My daughter's birthday is coming up. I just got one of your Goblin books for me and plan to get her Stepsister Scheme. Lego Cthulhu did it for me.
jimhines
Mar. 12th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
D'oh! I should have been posting LEGO old ones from the start!

::Scribbles notes for Red Hood's Revenge promotion::
(no subject) - xjenavivex - Mar. 12th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
mtlawson
Mar. 12th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
I looove H.P. Lovecraft.

What about dog lovers who already bought both books? Maybe the dog lovers are the ones who are ahead of the curve?
jimhines
Mar. 12th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Indisputable scientific proof, I tell you!!! You're all just a bunch of mean old dog-haters. Maybe you're in denial? If you *really* loved dogs, you would have been compelled to run out and buy another copy!

(Also, thank you for buying the books :-)
(no subject) - mtlawson - Mar. 12th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
law_nerd
Mar. 12th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Just to further skew your calculations, Flit's cuteness compelled me to check the goblin series out of the local library ... or maybe it was the seemingly interminable wait until July 2010 that did it...
jimhines
Mar. 12th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Curse you, public library system! Curse you and your data-skewing ways!!!

Oh, and ... um ... I hope you enjoy the goblin books!

Edited at 2010-03-12 03:40 pm (UTC)
queenoftheskies
Mar. 12th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I love LEGO Cthulhu!!!
jimhines
Mar. 12th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm told a lot of those are the LEGO Bionicle parts, which I've never actually played with. I was really impressed with the results. That poor little scuba diver :-)
jtglover
Mar. 12th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
OMG. Your cat sees in 3-D?

:-O
jimhines
Mar. 12th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
3-D? Pfft. My cat sees in 5-D!

Which *would* explain the dazed look on her face most of the time...
jadecat
Mar. 12th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
My only excuse is that I wasn't reading my LJ much last week.

Though I should have, for now I know that my Leo has a cousin named Flit. ;)
jimhines
Mar. 12th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Oh wow -- a Flit clone! :-) Flit even poses like that all the time.
bearmountain
Mar. 12th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Very strange indeed. I am quite certain that when John Levitt posts dog pictures, his "Dog Days" flies off the shelf.

When I post pictures of Junior (the feral kitten) sales shoot halfway to the moon.

Perhaps in your case it's the photographers fault. Or perhaps you should have named your dog "Jig." :>)
jimhines
Mar. 12th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Seanan McGuire's mother has a puppy named Smudge. Maybe I'll borrow him next time :-)
burger_eater
Mar. 12th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Obviously, people do not care for pets; Science has proved it.

Next time, use a pizza and a cheeseburger. People gotta eat.
deborahblakehps
Mar. 12th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Cats are clearly superior. Just ask mine. And it isn't that people hate dogs...they were just too confused at being asked to choose. Choice really throws people. Next time, just have the cat issue an order. Works around my house all the time.
deire
Mar. 14th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
(Cannot recall if I commented this before, apologies if I did. Would it be an imposition if I sent you a 2 page story? You don't have to critique. I just want to see if people liked/did not like.)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 21st, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
I appreciate your style of research compared to all these psychological articles on attachment theory I have to read. Thanks for making me smile.

Cats rule!

~GoGo
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