Nuke DNA and The Mother of All Cat PhotosSome UQNM members apparently aprreciate cats. Since almost all cat-lovers were nukes, or the officer equivalent, attachment to felix domesticus could be the effect of low-level, ionizing radiation in confined spaces during porolonged sensory deprivation. Before and after chromosome comparisons indicate negligible mutations, however.
The Mother of All Cat photos hints at what else may actually have occurred. It can be seen at Old Gary's site, here.
Obviously, cats are not the only aliens that visited these nukes. Have alien abductions ever been documented on nuclear submarines? Never (okay, there was that one British sub, but that was only rumored). Do you know why? Most, but not all of the crew had to pass hours and hours of rigorous medical and psychological screening. Wonder who the exceptions could have been.
There were obviously other affinities to other strange creatures besides cats. One of the docs on the 575 boat was a Chief who kept a monkey (off base). We were very glad he wasn't the cook and he was one good submariner.