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November 13, 2009

Margaret Thatcher Doesn't Die

Got tipped this in the comments -- that Thatcher was dead. But it's not on the BBC or anywhere else.

This is what I found.

It all started Thursday night when Canada's transport minister, John Baird, sent a text message to a friend: "Thatcher has died."

But it wasn't the Iron Lady who had passed away; it was the Iron Kitty.

Baird was announcing the death of his beloved pet, a 16-year-old tabby named Thatcher. Baird's friend got the message while at a black-tie party in Toronto for Conservative Party members, The Guardian reported.

As the text was transmitted from BlackBerry to BlackBerry at the dinner, attendees jumped to the not-unnatural conclusion that Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who remains a hero to many Conservatives, had died.

For the record, Baroness Thatcher, 84, is still very much alive.

Making it more confusing were reports that "Before her death, Thatcher had stared down Yuri Andropov," Yuri Andropov, in this case, being a stray tabby that tried to eat her kippers, and also "won the Falklands," the Falklands being a local cat-agility contest.

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