Kitty Korner

Stressed out? At Tokyo's new cat cafés, for about $8 an hour, you can hang out in the company of kittehs! Purr-fect for those who can't have a cat in their apartment or just need some (creature) comforting. Sip tea, buy some pillows, stickers or jewelry (that's how the café makes its money) as 19 felines on "staff" prowl about. Calico, the café seen here, has proven so popular that reservations are recommended on weekends and holidays. Hopefully the interview process selects only the most friendly lap kitties; our family cat Spooky (RIP!) was of the bloodthirsty scratch-first-ask-questions-later variety that would surely be bad for business. [InventorSpot]