If talking about your kids sounds annoying to others, perhaps your stories about your personal life might sound more humorous if you replaced every reference to your kids with a reference to your cats instead. That’s what John Hodgman decided to do when writing a column for The New Yorker magazine.

The result is a hilarious look at how replacing an ordinary story with cats instead of kids can make that story suddenly more interesting. That just shows how much better cats can be than kids, especially when cats don’t go through their teenage years pretending to be smarter than their parents.

To read John Hodgman’s New Yorker piece about cats, click here.

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