Friday cat: Fortitude

photo by Ballard Avenue

While we loves us the lions at the Art Institute of Chicago, when it comes to stone cool cats, the lions at the New York Public Library rule. The lions have had many names over the years, but during the Great Depression New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia named them Patience and Fortitude, after the qualities New Yorkers would show during those hard years. If truth be told, he could have just as well named them Smart-Aleck and Wise-Ass, both also useful qualities to have in the Big Apple.