For today's #FairyTaleTuesday theme:
Here is a Hungarian folktale that is a version of the Twelve Dancing Princesses - but with cats!πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸˆβ€β¬›
The story begins with a girl who sets out into the world, hoping to become rich without doing any hard work. She comes across a king who's selling a haunted castle, and she agrees to buy it, claiming she has the money. Postponing payment for a year, she moves into the castle. 🏰
On her first night in the castle she hears meowing at the door, and lets in a black cat. The cat curls up on her bed and purrs for her - but in the morning he is gone.
In the evening, the cat returns, and brings the girl a gemstone. After that, the same thing happens every day.
Days pass, the girl stockpiles a lot of gemstones. One day she becomes curious about where the cat gets them, and stays awake to spy on him.
At night the cat opens a secret door and slips out of the room. The girl follows. They walk through hallways and rooms to a secret door.
The door leads to a flight of stairs, and an underground garden filled with trees that bear gemstones. The cat rolls over and turns into a dashing prince. He is greeted by many other enchanted cats who turn into lords and ladies. They dance and feast until dawn. πŸˆβ€β¬›πŸŽΆπŸˆβ€β¬›
The next day she greets the cat telling him she knows everything. This breaks the curse, cat turns into a prince. Has been haunting the castle with the other cats, waiting for someone brave enough to discover their secret.
Girl buys the castle, and they live happily ever after πŸ’Ž
Moral of the story?
1. Diamonds and cats are a girl's best friend
2. Fake it till you make it
3. Always let the cat in when it meows
4. Cats purr to put us to sleep so we don't spy on them

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Fun fact: In Hungary you *have* to pick your kid's name from a book sanctioned by the Academy of Sciences.

I sometimes forget that this is not a thing in other countries, and the more I talk about it, the weirder it gets.
Right off the bat:
Names are only accepted into the book if they are gendered. Unisex names are automatically rejected, and if one is accepted later on as a girl name it can't be given to boys anymore.
The book has almost 1800 boy names and about 2400 girl names.
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*cracks knuckles*
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