What Do Winston Churchill, Ellen Ripley, and Dr. Tsai Ing-wen Have in Common?

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was a British statesman, army officer, and writer. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. During his first term as Prime Minister, he rallied the British people during World War II, and led his country from the brink of defeat to victory.

Ellen Louise Ripley is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Alien film series. The role was played by American actress Sigourney Weaver. Ripley is often considered one of the most significant female protagonists in all of cinema. She is a prominent figure in popular culture as well.

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President of Taiwan (elected 2016) Tsai Ing-wen with her two cats, Think Think and Ah Tsai. The president used these images as part of her election campaign.

Dr. Tsai Ing-wen is the current President of Taiwan. The former law professor was elected President on 16 January 2016. She is the first woman to officially govern a Chinese-speaking nation since Empress Wu Zetian in the eighth Century.

So what do these three prominent personalities have in common?

Hint: a certain kind of feline is involved.

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Winston Churchill’s love for pets, particularly cats, is well known. During his later years, he was particularly fond of a “marmalade cat” called Jock. In fact, he requested that there always be an orange-colored cat called Jock living at Chartwell, his country home.

Ripley JonesyJonesy, also referred to as Jones, was a Ginger Tom kept aboard the USCSS Nostromo as Ellen Ripley’s pet. While the cat’s official purpose was to control rodents aboard the ship, the crew prefer to view him as a source of relaxation and entertainment.

Jonesy and Ripley were the only two to survive the Alien onslaught.

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Think Think (beneath) and Ah Tsai (above)

Think Think (Chinese: 想想; pinyin: Xiǎngxiǎng) and Ah Tsai (阿才Ācái) are two cats belonging to Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, the President of Taiwan. Tsai adopted Think Think in 2012, after Hsiao Bi-khim a legislator in Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party brought the grey tabby to her. Ah Tsai is a male orange tabby. He was a gift from one of Tsai’s  friends during her presidential campaign.

Tsai Ing-wen Ah TsaiTaiwan President Tsai and her orange tabby Ah Tsai. The president uploaded this photo to her Facebook page on November, 2012.

The press sometimes refer to Tsai as the ‘Cat Woman’. During the campaign for the presidential elections, Tsai’s Facebook pages on cat-related topics more ‘likes’ than pages discussing policy issues.

So what do the three prominent personalities have in common?

They are all doting owners of orange tabby cats.

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